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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Barking Mad™, so who does TIME put on this week’s cover? Did I mention they went all the way to Cuba to get an exclusive interview with this whack job? And who at TIME was thoughtful enough to airbrush the photo of His Craziness to make him look so genuinely loveable and sweet? I was just wonderin’ ...

A Date With a Dangerous Mind
EXCLUSIVE: Face to face with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man whose swaggeris stirring fears of war with the U.S.
By Scott Macleod/HAVANA - Monday, Sep. 18, 2006

imageimageMahmoud Ahmadinejad isn’t one for ceremony. We are waiting in a villa outside Havana when Ahmadinejad strides in without notice, taking even his aides by surprise. He is wearing blue-gray trousers, black loafers and the trademark tan jacket that even he calls his “Ahmadinejad jacket.”

He mutters something to himself as he settles into an aging leather chair with bad springs. For a moment, he seems irked by the chair, perhaps because it makes him seem even smaller than his 5 ft. 4 in., but soon he’s smiling, prodding, leaning forward to make his points. “We are living our own lives,” he says, when asked about his differences with the Bush Administration. He jabs the back of my hand for emphasis. “The U.S. government should not interfere in our affairs. They should live their own lives.”

Over the course of the 45-minute interview, he was serious, smiling and cocky--evidence of a self-assurance that borders on arrogance. His brown eyes locked onto mine when he made a point about Iran’s nuclear program. His rhetoric was measured, but he was adamant on the issues that have made him so controversial. He dismissed U.N. demands that Iran suspend its uranium-enrichment program but said, “We are opposed to the development of nuclear weapons. We think it is of no use and that it is against the interests of nations.” He waved a hand dismissively when I couldn’t grasp his logic in questioning the Holocaust. Asked to defend his claim that the Holocaust was a myth, he went on a rambling rant, claiming that those who try to do “independent research” on the Holocaust have been imprisoned. “About historical events,” he says, “there are different views.”

TIME: What were your impressions of New York during your visit to the U.S. last year?

AHMADINEJAD: Unfortunately we didn’t have any contact with the people of the United States. We were not in touch with the people. But my general impression is that the people of the United States are good people. Everywhere in the world, people are good.

TIME: Did you visit the site of the World Trade Center?

AHMADINEJAD: It was not necessary. It was widely covered in the media.

TIME: You recently invited President Bush to a televised debate. If he were sitting where I am sitting, what would you say, man to man?

AHMADINEJAD: The issues which are of interest to us are the international issues and how to manage them. I gave some recommendations to President Bush in my personal letter, and I hope that he will take note of them. I would ask him, Are rationalism, spirituality and humanitarianism and logic--are they bad things for human beings? Why more conflict? Why should we go for hostilities? Why should we develop weapons of mass destruction? Everybody can love one another.

TIME: Do you feel any connection with President Bush, since he is also a religious man, a strong Christian?

AHMADINEJAD: I’ve heard about that. But there are many things which take place and are inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ in this world.

TIME: Why do your supporters chant “Death to America”?

AHMADINEJAD: When they chanted that slogan, it means they hate aggression, and they hate bullying tactics, and they hate violations of the rights of nations and discrimination. I recommended to President Bush that he can change his behavior, then everything will change.

TIME: How do you think the American people feel when they hear Iranians shouting “Death to America” and the President of Iran does not criticize this?

AHMADINEJAD: The nations do not have any problems. What is the role of the American people in what is happening in the world? The people of the United States are also seeking peace, love, friendship and justice.

TIME: But if Americans shouted “Death to Iran,” Iranians would feel insulted.

AHMADINEJAD: If the government of Iran acted in such a way, then [the American people] have this right.

- More of this silliness at TIME ...


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