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September 25, 2007



On CBS 60 Minutes Pelley asks Ahmadeinejad:

"Well, Mr. Bush is, without question, a very religious man, for example, as you are. I wonder if there's anything that you've seen in President Bush that you admire."

Ahmadeinejad: Well, is Mr. Bush a religious man?

Pelley: Very much so. As you are.

His response:

"What religion, please tell me, tells you as a follower of that religion to occupy another country and kill its people? Please tell me. Does Christianity tell its followers to do that? Judaism, for that matter? Islam, for that matter? What prophet tells you to send 160,000 troops to another country, kill men, women, and children? You just can't wear your religion on your sleeve or just go to church. You should be truthfully religious. Religion tells us all that you should respect the property, the life of different people. Respect human rights. Love your fellow man. And once you hear that a person has been killed, you should be saddened. You shouldn't sit in a room, a dark room, and hatch plots. And because of your plots, many thousands of people are killed. Having said that, we respect the American people. And because of our respect for the American people, we respectfully talk with President Bush. We have a respectful tone. But having said that, I don't think that that is a good definition of religion. Religion is love for your fellow man, brotherhood, telling the truth."

Sailed right over the reporters head, Pelley's response: "I take it you can't think of anything you like about President Bush."

This wasn't shrill, misguided or flawed. The guy isn't Billy Graham but this is a reasonable response, he speaks clearly of religion as responsibility, finding the golden rule as commonality.

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