Yasir Arafat, of course, was a master at this, but he only had the Internet to play with in his declining years. Now Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is proving to be a worthy dissembler as well. Jihad Watch reader Adam has alerted me to the differing front pages of his English and Farsi websites. I don’t know how long they’ll stay this way, so I have taken the screenshots above.
You don’t have to be able to read Farsi to tell that the lead story on the Farsi site concerns Ahmadinejad’s now-infamous remarks at the “World Without Zionism” conference last Wednesday in Tehran. But on the English front page that story is not only not featured; it is nowhere to be found.
Now this may be because the English site simply hasn’t been updated yet. The date on the Farsi site, 4 Aban, 1384, corresponds to October 26, 2005, and the English site is dated October 23, 2005. Thus once the English site is brought up to October 26, it may carry the same genocidal anti-Semitism as the Farsi site. But there is no reason for a time lag here: IRNA has plenty of English translations available that the President could pick up if he so desired.
Anyway, it is too late for the Thug-In-Chief to present a moderate face to the West while breathing threats and murder for the home crowd. The cat is out of the bag. Whether Western leaders will do anything beyond tut-tutting is as yet unclear, but they can’t say they didn’t know.
UPDATE: This morning both sites are the same, leading with a story entitled, “President slams Zionists’ ambitious policies.”