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My obligatory post on Ahmadinejad
Posted by: Jon Henke on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Recall when Milton Friedman once went to Chile, and even met with Augusto Pinochet, to give economic advice? The Left was pretty upset about that, and it was used against Friedman for the rest of his life.

Milton Friedman's mistake, apparently, was having the conversation in Chile. If he'd simply invited General Pinochet to speak in America, things would have been peachy.


For my part, I'm pretty comfortable with any opportunity to teach tyrants about the value of freedom...or, failing that, to mock them.
 
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Hah, yea, that was something I had been wondering about as well. People now are saying it’s so crucial we engage with Ahmadinejad and talk with him here, because he’s a state leader and so forth...but to me, it seems like these complaints are coming from some of the same types of people who get upset we trade and engage in dialog with China despite their occupation of Tibet, human rights violation etc. I thought the left was generally opposed to realpolitik style engaging with dictators as long as they’re "dictators we can deal with," so why the about-face?
 
Written By: James O
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I put up some thoughts here
 
Written By: Aldo
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For the life of me, I just can’t figure the rationale in inviting him to speak at all and then haranguing him before he speaks. Do you really think the condemnations were actually seen in Iran?
 
Written By: Radical Centrist
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Yahoo News Headline: Iranians decry harsh U.S. reception for Ahmadinejad

You think they’d run that headline if Bush or Hu JinTao were protested?

 
Written By: Harun
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Yeah, he really seeming mocked back home, where Iranian news services said he was greeted with applause by the audience, abused by his host, and cheered by standing ovations.

Man, we sure taught him, didn’t we? Wonder if the students bleeding and dying for freedom over there feel like sharing our little chuckle with us. Tell the gay folks hanging from nooses suspended from cranes to jiggle their ropes once for "Ha ha".
 
Written By: Jimmie
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gee thats pretty lame.

No difference between speaking to a room full of American students or becoming a major advisor to a fascistic military dictator?

Whoa, talk about moral relativity!

Here, y’all gotta read this. The best take I’ve found on this whole fiasco....

http://commonsense.ourfuture.org/bet_wetter_nation
 
Written By: Tano
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So you are opposed to trying to bring a bit of freedom to a tyranny. Fasinating.

Incidentally, one meeting and one letter does not constitute "major advisor".
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Recall when Milton Friedman once went to Chile, and even met with Augusto Pinochet, to give economic advice? The Left was pretty upset about that, and it was used against Friedman for the rest of his life.
Too bad it wasn’t Castro or Chavez instead!
 
Written By: shark
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"So you are opposed to trying to bring a little bit of freedom to a tyranny. Fascinating."

Or as I put it to people objecting to Friedman giving advice to Pinochet, "So you’d prefer Pinochet to be even MORE of a fascist?"

That’s also my response when moonbats I know gripe about riding gasoline prices and, of course, blame Bush, complaining that he doesn’t do anything about them. Like, presumably, price controls. "So in this instance, you’re criticizing Bush for not being MORE of a fascist dictator?"
 
Written By: Bilwick
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Tano: No difference between speaking to a room full of American students or becoming a major advisor to a fascistic military dictator?
shark: Too bad it wasn’t Castro or Chavez instead!
The thing that the Tano’s of the world most hate about Pinochet is his succesful move towards capitalism and economic freedom. They are fine with vile dictators, but only as long as they are leftists.

 
Written By: Don
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Or, Don, as one moonbat who was protesting the impending invasion of Iraq said, when asked if she had any sense at all that Saddam was a brutal dictator who should be removed: "The only thing I ask about dicators is: ’Do they provide health benefits to their people/’" Because, if you survive, you really need health benefits after a session in the torture chamber or the rape room.
 
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