Ahmadinejad no hero: Courage is not the same as fighting someone stronger than you

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs by on October 16, 2010 1 Comment

President Ahmadinejad received a hero’s welcome in Lebanon. Seen as a warrior who challenged the West, the Iranian president’s visit caused some concern in the US. Many saw his trip as provocation that could lead to war between Hezbollah, supported by Iran, and the state of Israel.

Nothing happened. As usual, he denounced and criticised the West and the Jewish state of Israel. He delivered his speech less than one mile from the Israeli border.

Honestly, I am not sure what points President Ahmadinejad was trying to score. Going to the Israeli border was attempted suicide, especially considering his language. As the Swahili of Tanzania say, “Courage is not the same as fighting someone stronger than you.” 

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