Ahmadinejad Calls US “The Great Oppressor”
August 17, 2006 § 2 Comments
In light of the recent interview between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and CBS’s Mike Wallace, I wanted to touch on a basic concern. My concern is somewhat removed from the typical contreversy however, it focuses primarily on a key-point Ahmadinejad raised about the US during the interview, an interview which aired on 60 Minutes, Sunday August 13, 2006. This rare interview was the result of an 18 page letter written by President Ahmadinejad to President Bush which went ignored.
In the interview Mike Wallace brought his questioning to issues about Iraq, which prompted the Iranian President to seriously discuss his dissatisfaction with the US and its foreign relations. Wallace asked a question that was so ‘loaded’ it would have failed a US Customs inspection when he asked,
“Was Saddam a civilized, reasonable leader?” (M. Wallace)
Ahmadinejad responded summing up his thoughts of the US presence in Iraq and other Middle-Eastern countries by calling the US Government, “The Great Oppressor”. He continues with the theme of oppression as he claims,
“We are opposed to oppression. We support whoever is victimized and oppressed even the oppressed people of the U.S.” (M. Ahmadinejad)
Upon hearing this it immediately triggered something in me, it was a strikingly Muslim statement and was either canned khutba-rhetoric or sincere ‘adb al-salih’ from a leader who is actually a Muslim and not just a Muslim-leader. So I began to meditate on these conversations as the idea of oppression was beginning to weigh heavily on my heart.
This is when I remembered a passage from “Kashful al-Mahjub” (Unveiling the Veiled) that brought some clarity to what Ahmadinejad was saying about the US being “The Great Oppressor”. Sayyid Hujweri (may Allah be please with him) mentioned while describing the passions as they relate to the Shaytan that,
“The instigator is the worst oppressor.” (A. Hujweri)
This prompted me to think about my government’s position in global politics, particularly in the Middle-East. I started noticing how their involvement is much like an instigator politically, stirring up public interest yet restricting the public from the finer details or just making them up.
For the record I must say that I have never been a fan of Ahmadinejad, but what I saw and heard in the interview was not a tyrannical President. What I saw was a Muslim and the words spoken were like that of a Muslim, though very carefully chosen.
Conversely, I am not trying to pin undesirable global meddling on the secret society of American Neocons calling the shots from an underground bunker similar to the Bat-Cave. But I will say this, the US has functionally taken the role of ‘International Intercessor’ among the Muslims and the World. Seemingly mimicking the misguided Christian theology concerning the role of Jesus the Christ as the intercessor of humanity to the Creator. This kind of thinking produces an effect which I have deemed the “Hero-Worshipping Cult of American Idealism”. The problem is that the Muslim needs no intercessor as stated in the Qur’an,
“And warn by it, those who fear to be gathered to their Lord: Besides Him they will have no protector nor intercessor: That they may become pious, God-fearing.” (6:51)