A Grand Show of Lies

In his trip to New York to participate in the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been undertaking a media blitz, giving interviews to many, ranging from Christian Amanpour of ABC to Charlie Rose of PBS and Larry King of CNN. Aside from his typical boasting, exaggerations, and arrogance, he has been lying so frequently that it has almost become impossible to keep track of all of his prevarications. Some of his lies are so brazen that even his supporters in Tehran have expressed astonishment and rebuked him. A sample of his lies:

“No newspaper in Iran has been closed for criticizing me and my government”:

This is while just since last year’s rigged election, many newspapers have been closed, precisely because of their criticisms, most notably the daily E’temad Melli, Mehdi Karrobi’s newspaper, and Kalameh Sabz, Mir Hossein Mousavi’s daily.

“Iran is the freest country in the world”:

This is while there are at least 800 political prisoners in Iran whose sole “offense” has been protesting the terrible state of the nation, at least 110 people have been killed since last year during demonstrations and in detention centers, at least two prominent supporters of the Green Movement have been assassinated, and at least eight people have been executed.


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