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Mr Larry King ,What about our Dr. Aafia?
Yesterday I was just switching between the channels and saw the "Larry King Live" show for the first time on BBC. I have heard a lot about this show since long and also know that it has been going on for such a long time and I had always wanted to see this show.
Fortunately or unfortunately the show I saw was his interview with President of Iran "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and it was really exciting to see the questions asked. Most of the questions asked were about the American people that were under Iranian police custody or those people who were lost in Iran and again and again the same questions were repeated even when the answers were almost satisfactory.
The real shock was to see the Host was just asking and talking about the one side of the book and ignoring all that was said by the president and trying to pretend that his point of view was wrong. One can argue with it and also that the point of view might be wrong but whenever the Iranian President asked any question about the wrong doings of Israel or the American injustice, he took a commercial break by cutting in between (On several occasions the smile was evident on the Iranian President's face while he was cut in between).
The worst part was after the end of the interview when Larry King invited Fareed Zakaria to prove the Iranian president wrong and both of them trying to prove him a "Liar" (I think even called him once, I might be wrong) and that he was counter attacking ...Gosh what a lame and astonishing excuse!!
Anyways whats done is done. So careful about the people of Israel and USA Mr. Larry king yesterday your court decided to punish Dr.Aafia without any proof and sentenced her to jail for 84 years, Has the justice been prevailed? will you do a program with President Barack Obama and ask him to influence your judiciary? Will you talk to poor Aafia's family? Ar you so negative? Are you so blind not to see what has happened here? I am so very dissapointed with you (I have no expectations, anyhow). Its good that the Show is ending this year!!
btw, here are a few examples from the interview..
KING: But did you make the request -- they're asking if you would make the request of the judiciary to move it along. They miss their families.
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): I think that there are many prisoners in the world. Do I have to make a personal request for everyone?
Now, having said that, I have requested the judiciary to look at the case of these three people's cases carefully but, you know, there are many prisoners in the world. Here in the United States, there are 2.5 million. Can I request the judiciary here in the United States to show leniency and I would, in fact, seize this opportunity here and ask the judicial body of the United States, judicial leniency, in the case of the 2.5 million prisoners in this country. They have spouses. They have mothers, children, parents. Many are young.
KING: We'll have more with the president of Iran right after this. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
KING: We're in a world of fear apparently. Conscience -- you talked about human rights and Mr. Netanyahu. How about conscience in your country? Students, human rights defenders? Don't you have to improve in the area? Aren't there -- are there full human rights in Iran? Does everyone in Iran have the right to speak out, to protest?
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): Everywhere in the world, you see challenges of that nature. In the United States, too, there is need for more on this front. Isn't there? So we have to have a comparative skill in our hands. I don't think, for example, in Iran, an employee would be fired after 50 years of serving in an office for expressing his opinion or her opinion. But this happened in your country. A reporter with a rich background was forced out of her work simply because she expressed an opinion. This never happened -- would never happen in Iran.
KING: Never happen?
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): Now, everywhere in the world, we have problems. But this would never have happened in Iran. Having said that, I understand all over the world there are problem, including in the United States. And we are prepared to sit in a forum at a table, place all our troubles on the table and discuss it and resolve it together. I asked you, you have over 2.5 million prisoners here. Not all of them are killers, murderers or thieves. Who are the rest?
KING: Are you saying we have political prisoners?
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): No, that's not what I'm suggesting. You can tell me that. Why are they in prison? Why?
KING: I haven't investigated every -- drugs --
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): Are they all thieves? Are they all thieves and robbers?
KING: Big drug problem.
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): You have so many drug-related problem, 2.5 million people, one percent -- out of 100 people in the United States, one person is in prison. Why?
KING: Let me get a break and we'll come right back.
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): Have they all killed? Have they all robbed? Have they all trafficked drugs?
KING: I don't know what that has to do with it. All right, we'll be right back. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
KING: You're not saying the United States committed genocide? You're saying the United States committed genocide?
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): That's a separate discussion. And, yes, it did happen in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But that's a separate issue. I like to ask you, if in a country someone's rights are violated, they're oppressed, assuming that your assumption, your statement is correct, does that imply that they can go and occupy another land? Is there any logic in that? If we were to follow that logic, will there be any security left in the world? In World War II, 100 million -- or 80 million people were killed. If they were to go occupy 20 countries around the world, that would have been terrible.
KING: Israel is a legal state.
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): The question is -- come on. The question -- you just said yourself it's over the Holocaust. Why are you changing your statement?
KING: You were saying --
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): My question is what are the interests of the United States to -- in absolutely defending them. There are many parts of the world where human rights are violated. Do you know how many American Indians were killed? Do you know or not?
KING: I know. We're out of time.
AHMADINEJAD (through translator): You're a reporter. You should have the answers to these.
KING: We're out of time. We'll pick this up next year with the president of Iran. I'm Larry King. Don't go away.