Monthly Archives: August 2006

Ahmadinejad Wants to Debate Bush

He knows it won’t happen but he’ll be able to use that fact to his advantage:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on U.S. President George W. Bush to participate in a “direct television debate with us,” so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end world predicaments.

“But the condition is that there can be no censorship, especially for the American nation,” he said Tuesday.

Ahmadinejad blamed “special concessions” granted to the United States and Britain as “the root cause of all the problems in the world.”

“At the Security Council, where they have to protect security, they enjoy the veto right. If anybody confronts them, there is no place to take complaints to.”

Fox News Journalists Centanni and Wiig Freed

Rare good news. Both men were freed after a forced “conversion” to Islam:

Militants freed two Fox News journalists on Sunday in the Gaza Strip, ending a nearly two week hostage drama in which one of the former captives said they were forced at gunpoint to make statements, including that they had converted to Islam.

Correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, of Washington, D.C., and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, were dropped off at Gaza City’s Beach Hotel by Palestinian security officials. A tearful Centanni briefly embraced a Palestinian journalist in the lobby, then rushed upstairs with Wiig behind him.

The pair, who appeared to be in good health, then met with Palestinian officials, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The three men sat in a circle of chairs at the hotel, before the journalists held a news conference, then left and crossed into Israel.