After reading the brief transcript of CBS’ Scott Pelley’s interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I realized this was definitely a case where things must be getting lost in translation….or at the very least you had to read between the lines.
So let me try my best to translate from Islamoterrorese to English:
PELLEY: Mr. President, do you intend to press your request to visit the World Trade Center site?
AHMADINEJAD: Well, it was included in my program. If we have the time and the conditions are conducive, I will try to do that.
[GP translation: “I can do whatever I want… I’m a prophet from the 12th Imam! And, by the way, if I happen to see a woman without a burka or one of those filthy homosexuals near Ground Zero, I’m throwing both of them into that big hole so they are closer to the burning hell they belong in.”]
PELLEY: But the New York Police Department and others do not appear to want you there. Do you intend to go there anyway?
AHMADINEJAD: Well, over there, local officials need to make the necessary coordinations. If they can’t do that, I won’t insist.
[GP translation: “I’m not going down there alone, dawg! Isn’t that crazy Rudy G still the mayor? He still has a chip on his shoulder about my terror-brother bin Laden… I’m afraid Rudy might take me out. Go there alone? You are silly one, aren’t you.”]
PELLEY: Sir, what were you thinking? The World Trade Center site is the most sensitive place in the American heart, and you must have known that visiting there would be insulting to many, many Americans.
AHMADINEJAD: Why should it be insulting?
[GP translation: “Nah, that’s not insulting. What would be insulting is a country that holds American hostages for 444 days and then elects one of the hostage takers as their President 30 years later…. and then that leader speaks at a major US university… now THAT should be insulting to the Great Satan.”]
PELLEY: But the American people, sir, believe that your country is a terrorist nation, exporting terrorism in the world. You must have known that visiting the World Trade Center site would infuriate many Americans.
AHMADINEJAD: Well, I’m amazed. How can you speak for the whole of the American nation?
[GP translation: “You are only a filthy media beast. The government tells you what to say — like in Iran. You can’t possibly speak for every American. .”]
PELLEY: Well, the American nation–
AHMADINEJAD: You are representing a media and you’re a reporter. The American nation is made up of 300 million people. There are different points of view over there.
[GP translation: “Well, Scott … thanks to our propaganda and your media’s willingness to peddle it unchecked, you and I have duped half of the American public into thinking their country is evil and their own President is Hitler. Is that awesome or what?
So you can’t possibly be speaking for those folks… they are just my useful idiots. And those Democrats love me and recite my own talking points…. And [*laughs*] those stupid Democrats don’t even mind that Iranian troops and terrorists are killing the troops they “say” they support. Hell, I’m just wanting to visit New York to save Nancy Pelosi the airfare costs from San Fran to Tehran. I can’t wait to give her a big kiss. Then I’m throwing her to the dogs of hell, too.”]