To those of us who are incapable of logic and common reason, perhaps Ahmadinejad scored a point in his interview with Katie Couric.
Then reality sets in.
This is actually the first I have heard of Marwa El-Sherbini, and that is a shame. Ahmadinejad is correct, she should have been more covered in the media, as well as the ethnic bias that occurred on part of the German court.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Marwa_El-Sherbini
But for every Marwa El-Sherbini, there are how many uncounted tragedies are inflicted on woman at the hands of the professed sons of Islam, that resort to stonings and other cowardly tactics such as acid attacks?
Furthermore, Mr. Ahmadinejad, you are equating the actions of one deranged and intolerant individual to the barbarism of an entire deranged and intolerant national government, that being the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
You have highlighted her tragedy to draw attention away from the backward acts of savagery of the world's largest theocracy, committing an even larger injustice on Marwa El-Sherbini in an attempt to legitimize your actions.
Had El-Sherbiniís killer been Persian, Arab, or Muslim in general, would her death have even made your radar? I suspect not.
Mr. Ahmadinejad, you have used a foreign killing of fellow Muslim to legitimize the mass murder and terrorizing of your own population. What kind of fucked up, retarded line of reasoning is this?
No, Mr. Ahmadinejad you havenít scored a point. Youíve only solidified your role as the Mouth of Sauron, the fork-tongued orator of your theocracy of hate. How dare you, Mr. Ahmadinejad, anything the West can do to speed the decline of your government is a worthy cause.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20091001/wl_ynews/ynews_wl936
Last week, Katie Couric had the tables turned on her. During an interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Couric asked about Neda Soltan, the Iranian female who was shot and killed by Iranian security back in June.
After expressing his regret for the loss of life, Mr. Ahmadinejad pulled out a photo of another woman. He showed it to Ms. Couric and asked if she knew who the woman was. Couric said she didn't, and that's when Ahmadinejad pounced.
Ahmadinejad explained that the woman in the photo is Marwa Ali El-Sherbini. She was stabbed to death in a German court by a neo-Nazi. The Iranian president then asked why the death of Ms. El-Sherbini wasn't being publicized by the media in the same way as Neda's. Ahmadinejad "suggested that the western media ó who turned Neda into a martyr ó ignored Marwa's story."
The interview between Couric and Ahmadinejad took place last week, but the searches really started to pop this morning. Web lookups on "marwa ali el sherbini" and "who is marwa ali el sherbini" both spiked into the thousands.
The National Post writes that comparing the two deaths was a "little absurd," and referenced Hamid Dabashi's editorial for CNN. Mr. Dabashi, a professor at Columbia University, writes that "there are more holes in Ahmadinejad's point than in that proverbial Swiss cheese." Ms. El-Sherbini, Dabashi writes, was the victim of a "vicious act of a neo-Nazi racist, while Neda Aqa Soltan was one among many other victims of violence at the hands of the security apparatus of the Islamic Republic."
Regardless of whether or not the comparison was valid, interest in El-Sherbini's story has been peaked, and Ahmadinejad reaffirmed his status as a tough interview. But Couric didn't back down. Later in the interview, the journalist showed photos of World War II concentration camps to Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust "a lie." Couric asked, "Is this photo fabricated? Is this photo a lie?"