I promise I do not regularly frequent the site I quote. I followed a link over from the Carnival of the Insanities.
It is difficult to decide whether Code Pink is totally naïve, incredibly stupid, or know exactly what they are doing and in fact it is a lot worse than the other options.
NEW YORK — Calling it a “major step forward” in relations between Iran and the United States, leading activists Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of CODEPINK Women for Peace — along with more than 150 other U.S. peace group representatives — met Wednesday afternoon with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here following his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
At the meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, coordinated by interfaith peace group the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the peace activists talked to Ahmadinejad about their desire to strengthen people-to-people ties between the two countries. They presented several proposals for the Iranian government to consider and copies of a petition signed by 50 U.S. mayors all over the country calling for diplomatic engagement with Iran, not military action. The petition, promoted by CODEPINK, illustrates how local U.S. leaders are anxious to move national resources away from military intervention and into reinvestment in infrastructure, schools and health care. CODEPINK proposed taking a delegation of U.S. Mayors to Iran to create “sister cities.” ……..
The CODEPINK women proposed inviting American and Iranian artists to build a “peace park” in Tehran, a memorial dedicated to people-to-people commitment to peace and diplomacy between our two countries. …..
The meeting, which took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere, was considered a great breakthrough. “It’s rare for a head of state to take time during an official U.N. visit to meet with the peace community, especially in a situation where the host government—represented by the Bush administration—is so hostile,” said Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK. “The fact that the meeting took place and was so positive is, in itself, a major step forward.”
I was unable to discover the actual number of mayors in the US, but 50 of them is probably no big deal, even though it is too many.
These idiots completely misunderstand what the whole thing is about, America is not hostile to Iran. Iran is hostile to the US and all free countries, is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, threatens friends of the US and has to be resisted. If Iran were to desist from acting provocatively, and stops interfering with its neighbors and destabilizing the region, there would be no problem.
As for such a meeting being unusual, there is nothing unusual for a national leader to meet with idiots who will suck up to him. It is of course unusual for citizens of a nation to suck up to a national leader who regularly calls for “Death to their nation.”