I’ve griped to friends and family at length over the past few months about these international dorks who abuse their diplomatic leeway, specifically in the realms of free speech allowed, in order to tear down and say things I would evict them from the country for uttering on American soil. First we had that imbecile Venuzelan president Hugo Chavez waltz through New York to the UN building and spout the longest stream of foolishness I’ve ever heard (and yes, that’s pretty bad). Then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to town to mouth off, followed by his ambassador not long ago at Columbia University. Today the news is outgoing (finally) UN secretary general Kofi Annan from Ghana whining about America and Bush.
Annan is a weepy little white-headed dork nobody cares about, who’s just trying to make one last impact on history to cover up for the fact that he’s been a limp-wristed, corrupt no-account in charge of a limp-wristed, corrupt, no-account organization. But why he was allowed to yak on American soil about how bad he thinks America is absolutely blows my admittedly pea-sized mind.
The freedoms guaranteed by this country are only guaranteed for those who are national citizens and those legally within this country. These punks come onto our soil and spread their this insidious malarky just like they would from their home nations. No way, Jose.
I found an article written on the blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, which outlined the application of first amendment rights with concern to non-citizens. Notable there was point #3, which said: “the government may bar noncitizens from entering the United States because of what they’ve said or are likely to say, even if the speech would have been constitutionally protected if said by a citizen.” They knew, for example, that Chavez had spoken rather harshly toward the U.S. presidential admin and would use his UN speech in a similar fashion. They didn’t have to allow this moron passage, foreign official or not.
In Ahmadinejad’s case, he was involved in the Tehran hostage situation of the late 70’s, and unless I’m just way off my game, he’s never been cleared for his involvement. So why the heck was he even allowed to step foot in this country? These people have no right to come to this country and say derogatory things about our nation and government when people of this nation couldn’t do the same thing in their countries.
What should have been done? Look at how the pope was received when he went to Turkey…masses of people protested his presence and outright wanted him out. The people there were aware of what was said and done and mobilized. Despite my opinion of that part of the world in general, I wish the people of this nation were more sensitive to what goes on beyond what just affects them personally. The average person doesn’t even know about any of these characters, much less care unless they drive a plane into a building. I blame the people of this country for not being more vocal, and part of the blame for that lies with the media not doing their job to inform them of upcoming events. If I’d have known, I’d have called my congressmen to prevent their arrival, and posted more blog entries, and if I lived closely enough to do it, protested their presence in my country.
People here are too hung up on the “they’re welcome to their opinion.” Color me stupid, but Ahmadenijad and Chavez are essentially dictators of their respective countries. Their opinion is law! Ahmadenijad, for example, denies the Holocaust, which is a documented fact of history. Opinions are often wrong, unless they’re mine. Of course, he’s a devotee of the popular line of hooey that states the Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the land “occupied” by Israel, and it seems that erroneous opinion has begun supplanting the historical truth that there never was a Palestinian people prior to the Jews and was historically and indisputably accepted up until at least the mid-fifties.
All I have to say is, don’t come to Mississippi, you punks. There’s a guy down here who’ll give you lots of headaches before you leave.