The UN holds a conference on racism in Geneva. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is invited to speak at this conference. A few Jewish students from the Union of Jewish Students in France wearing colourful wigs try to disrupt Ahmadinejad’s speech. They are hustled out.
In typical fashion, Ahmadinejad starts his address with an Islamic prayer. Later he goes on to brand Israel a "cruel and oppressive racist regime". He says the state of Israel was created "on the pretext of Jewish suffering" from the Second World War. As soon as he does that, diplomats from the UK, France, Spain and a few other western countries walk out. Who wins?
I don’t have much sympathy for Ahmadinejad. However, it must be said that he is a politician who holds office after winning a democratic election. He represents the people of Iran. Like any politician, Ahmadinejad will do whatever it takes for him to keep his constituency happy. The Iranian economy is not doing well at all, thanks to oil prices hitting rock bottom. Now, Ahmadinejad manages to look like a hero on TV, standing up to western powers in defence of Palestine.
Later U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issues a statement criticizing Ahmadinejad for having used the conference "to accuse, divide and even incite." Ban Ki-moon says that he had spoken to Ahmadinejad and asked him not to focus on "divisiveness" in his address. Predictably, Ahmadinejad has not heeded Ban Ki-moon’s request.
Ahmadinejad is known for his love and affection towards Israel. It is expected that he will say something nasty and irritating. The Western ambassadors’ walk-out is also planned in advance. I guess their foreign ministers ordered them to do so in order to please Jewish voters in the West.
A true win-win situation for everyone!