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Dinner Plans with Iran and an Iranian Sense of Humor (Humour)

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Two points this evening, dear readers:

Iran hosts a cheeky dinner for friends in New York City that American Deputy Ambassador Alejandro Wolff calls “very good”.

And in the battle for longest, most difficult to pronounce, last names comes this interview (VIDEO) of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos.

Enjoy this CHEEKINESS of it all:
Ahmadinejad: “I heard that Osama Bin Laden was in Washington, D.C.”
Stephanopoulos: “No, you didn’t.”
Ahmadinejad: “Yes, I did… Rest assured, he’s in Washington. I think there’s a high chance he is there.”

Analysis from the HD’s closest, most trusted Central Asia specialist:
“oh MY goodness…stephanopolous realllly doesn’t know how to talk to/understand persians. ahmadinejad did answer his question…just in a very typically persian way.furthermore, in many parts of the persian world, countering a laughable proposition (such as bin laden being in tehran) with an even more absurd proposition (bin laden is in DC) is a conversational tactic not meant to provide a serious argument, but rather a way of emphasising just how laughable the first proposition is. i am confident this is the conversational tactic ahmadinejad was employing because of his sly smirk while doing it. i know that i’m making generalisations, but these are very real differences between persian culture and its american counterpart. there is an element of strange politeness inherent in the debating style of a lot of iranians and other persophones that prefers roundabout ways of pointing out absurdity over direct accusations and rebuttals. My hypothesis is that, as an Iranian politician, A-jad is well practised in this and it went right over stephanopolous’s head. For more evidence to my statements that this is a common style of debating/refutation in persian, see videos of the iranian election debates from the last pres. election. of course, there is the other approach, which is that A-jad really thinks that bin Laden is in Washington…but i doubt it.”


Written by hybriddiplomat

May 7, 2010 at 17:51

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  1. […] has become a popular theory in recent months, brought to the forefront of public consciousness by george stephanopolous’s clueless interview with mahmoud ahmadinejad last month. the truth is that there is no strategic interest whatsoever in either tehran or the […]

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