An Un-Easter Un-Present
April 8, 2007
When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad released 15 (illegally held, by all objective accounts) British prisoners this week, he claimed that he was doing so "on the occasion of the birthday of the great prophet [Muhammad] . . . and for the occasion of the passing of Christ." Further, on behalf of the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people Ahmadinejad "forgave those 15." Both the rhetoric and the release are (unwittingly) ironic.