All They Are Saying Is Give Peace With Iran A Chance
Reported by Ellen - March 5, 2007 -
After a long run of warmongering and anti-Muslim extremism, on March 2, 2007, Hannity & Colmes presented two Christian peacemakers who met with Iran's President Ahmadinejad and are actively working to prevent a war with that country. Chickenhawk Sean Hannity, who has been salivating for war with Iran, was peevish and accused the guests of being duped and used by the Iranian president as propaganda tools. But Alan Colmes got the best line with his indirect comeback. With video.
In Hannity’s part of the discussion, he repeated as truth the questionable assertion that Ahmadinejad said Israel should be “wiped off the map.” As Hannity ought to know, there’s a dispute as to whether or not Ahmadinejad actually said that. Even if he disagrees, Hannity should have at least acknowledged there’s another side. You can read more here about the translation of Ahmadinejad’s statement. Hannity, whose only interest in anti-Semitism seems to occur when it’s directed at Israelis, as opposed to ordinary Americans, went on to Hanctimoniously attack Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust denier.
The guests were Jim Winkler, of United Methodist Church and Rev. Jeff Carr, COO of Sojourners. Both Winkler and Carr acknowledged that Ahmadinejad doesn’t seem like such a swell guy. But that didn’t mean we should not try to work for peace. Carr seemed heartened that Admadinejad said there can’t be a military solution between Israel and Palestine. Carr also said he thinks it’s time for discussions between the United States and Iran.
As Carr went on to say that he was excited to hear that Secretary Rice will meet with Iran, Hannity petulantly interrupted to say “bad move.” He told Carr and Winkler, “Sounds to me like (Ahmadinejad) wants to use you, religious leaders, as propaganda tools… Sounds to me like you want to believe a guy that’s a modern day madman.”
Colmes summed it up nicely. “As I see it, the real issue here isn’t whether he’s a Holocaust denier or some of the (despicable) rhetoric that he’s spewed… but what is the best policy, Rev. Carr, and do you go to war with somebody simply because they’re a Holocaust denier or because they spout off against Israel or do you try to have a dialogue, something the administration now seems to have reversed itself on?”
Carr noted that while we can control when a war will start, we can’t know when it will end, as proven by Iraq. He quoted former Israeli Prime Minister Shamir who said, “You make peace with your enemies, not with your friends.”