At the United Nations today, Holocaust denying Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to a lot of empty seats as some nations boycotted his speech, while other walked out. According to the Brisbane Times of Australia (I know that’s a weird source, but Hot Air had a link to Down Under):
France on Wednesday led a walkout of a dozen delegations, including the United States, to protest a fiery speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UN General Assembly.
“It is disappointing that Mr Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Mark Kornblau, spokesman to the US mission to the United Nations, said in a statement.
Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States left the room as Ahmadinejad began to rail against Israel, a European source said.
Israel had already called for a boycott of the speech, and was not present when the Iranian leader began his address. Canada had already said it would heed the boycott call.
I want to thank President Obama for ordering the U.S. delegation to take this action (they wouldn’t have done so on such an occasion without presidential direction). It was the right thing to do, and regardless of what you might think of American policy toward Iran, it was the only treatment that a lunatic such as Ahmadinejad deserved.
I also have to offer you the line of the day on the bizarre performance by Muammar Qadhafi at the U.N., from Hot Air’s Allahpundit:
As loathsome as he is, I couldn’t help feeling a tiny — tiny — bit of sympathy at watching someone who quite clearly lacks the mental capacity to realize he’s making a spectacle of himself. Ever seen a homeless guy ranting at no one in particular, and quite convinced that he’s winning the “argument”? Dude.
As Marty Feldman said in Young Frankenstein, “on the nosey!”