Grab your hamstring when a woman passes you

Iranian president Mahoud Ahmadinejad has leveled a maddening, confounding accusation at the International Olympic Committee: its new logo for the 2012 Olympics in London, Ahmadinejad, claims, is “racist.”

Charlie Sheen, Muammar Gaddafi and the king of Saudi Arabia are not the only people with a very lose grip on reality or the truth – it is not always easy to tell the difference.  The latest news brings two more candidates, although one, Mahoud Ahmadinejad has been on this stage before.  The newest candidate is from Yemen; Yemen is not as violent as Libya, the crowds are not as large as Egypt and its leader Alli Abdullah Saleh, is neither Gaddafi or Mubarak.  But there are some similarities.  The current unrest came in the wake of events in Tunisia, the man-in-charge is a former military man not particularly willing to make changes in the way the government is ruled or willing to step aside allow someone else make the changes.  He is faced with continued opposition, the resignation of some members of his government and an opposition that is, at least partially, tribal, organized and armed.  Saleh is a Shia Muslim and is more closely aligned with Iran than with Sunni Arabs states or western countries. Ahmadinejad was in Yemen to meet with Saleh in December reinforcing their close connection and Yemen, along with Syria, as being part of Iran’s sphere of influence.

Which in part, explains the way Saleh places the responsibility for the unrest in Yemen; Saleh’s enemies are not those of either Mubarak or Gaddafi.  Mubarak did not attempt to place any blame for the demonstrations in Egypt on anyone outside of Egypt.  Gaddafi put the blame on the terrorist and foriegners.  Saleh is blaming Israel and the United States – really.

“What is taking place on Yemen’s streets is just a copycat attempt,” he said. The protesters are “led from outside” and are in the pay of “Zionists,” Alli Abdullah Saleh charged. – the quotes is from al-Arabiya

Doesn’t that qualify him to be on the “questionable reality” list?   Well, possibly not, it might just be that there is another and perfectly valid world world view in which the Zionists and their backers are more of a force than they are in my world view.  I wonder how often a statement by the American president, the prime minister of England, Germany or France sounds as out of touch with reality as that?  Everything we think and say is in someway formed by our world view – and it is difficult to step back and see it objectively.

One would have to think that the people of Iran do not laugh (cringe or cry depending on the subject of his comments) every time Ahmadinejad speaks the way the rest of the world does.  At some level the things he says about international events must in some way fit into the general world view of the country.  Or, maybe it is more like Gaddafi that the average person never hears what is said internationally.   That is not likely to ever happen in the west.  In the west every time the president or prime ministers open thier mouths we hear them.  I can’t work it out – I know Israel (and the United States) have been used as prime causes for every problem in the region for 60 years; and I know that without the existence of Israel or the support of the American government for Israel some things would be different in the Middle East.

But there is still something almost dreamlike in that statement, just as with the interviews with Sheen and Gaddafi.  Gaddafi denied there were people demonstrating in the street yesterday on the BBC and on ABC – he just said it wasn’t true and wasn’t happening – what can you say to that?  Saleh is saying the demonstrations are orchestrated by Israel with American support.  To me it seems like a total disconnect from any thing I have read or seen from any news source.  I must be missing something.  But before I quit – here is one more of those statements that dumbfound me – and in this case British journalists.

According to Ahmadinejad, the logo actually spells out the word “Zion,” and is part of an international pro-Israel conspiracy hell-bent on destroying Iran. “The Guardian” reports that Ahmadinejad’s letter to the International Olympic Committee says, “As internet documents have proved, using the word Zion in the logo of the 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against the Olympics’ valuable mottos.

This one is from Ahmadinejad, one again sees Israel hiding behind every bush, or in this case behind the Olympics and the new Olympic logo. He is threatening to boycott the 2012 games in London.  Now, I think there are a couple of possibilities; first that he is right and the Olympics are a Zionist plot to overthrow his regime; second, and this is the runner in me – he doesn’t want to be embarrassed by poor athletic performances at the games; or he is trying to distract attention from the reports of increasing unrest in Iran.

Years ago when I could run and ran with a group of runners,  we would sometimes talk about world class women runners.  Women distance runners were getting faster and faster and running almost as fast as we ran.  Now world class women runners are much faster than the class of runners we were doing in those days.  So we would ask each: “what would you do if a woman passed you in a race?”  Universally, we agreed we would fake an injury and drop out of the race.  That is my guess, Ahmadinejad is grabbing his hamstring and limping to the side of the road.

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