- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2004

An Iranian judo champion is celebrated in his homeland after he conveniently exceeds the weight limit to avoid competing against an Israeli.

This is in the spirit of international brotherhood, as it is uniquely defined in Osama bin Laden’s part of the world.

A spokesman with the International Judo Federation says the governing body is “studying” the situation, which means it will study the situation until everyone forgets about it.

We already know the deal.

Win or lose, the Iranian judo competitor will return to a hero’s welcome in Tehran.

The conscientious objector already has received official praise from Iran’s ambassador to Greece, according to the Iranian press agency.

“On behalf of all institutions and Iran’s embassy in Greece, I congratulate you on your courageous move to refuse to compete with a [judo athlete] from the Zionist regime,” the ambassador said.

It is not hard to understand the international community’s bad feelings toward Israel.

The Israelis are building a fence because they do not like to be blown up by the peace-loving suicide bombers of Yasser Arafat’s organization.

Much of the international community insists Israel is being closed-minded to the notion of having its citizens blown up. If the Israelis just could open themselves to the idea of being blown up, they might find they would enjoy it.

If the Israelis could learn to enjoy being blown up, the world then would be a more tolerant place.

In that world, the “courageous” Iranian athlete undoubtedly would be happy to go against an Israeli in the judo competition, especially if the Israeli was missing an arm or a leg from a peace-loving suicide bomber.

It seems the Israelis are an unreasonable people. They should learn to tolerate exploding shrapnel, the philosophy of the loony-left elements in Western Europe and the United States.

As a Greek official assured the world several months ago following a blast, bombs in the neighborhood are no big deal in Athens, just part of everyday life.

We Americans are so silly about that stuff. We, too, need to warm to the idea of being blown up, which is preferable to taking the fight to our head-removing brothers around the globe.

We know this from Bruce Springsteen, another jeans-wearing poet of blue-collar America who is in the political company of the “courageous” Iranian athlete.

Acting with conviction against those who mean us harm is unfair, especially if France and Germany think it is unfair.

So Springsteen wails for the war crimes presidential candidate whose tour in Cambodia is “seared — seared —” in his mind, and we must fight to overcome the forces of intolerance in the United States and Israel.

In this upside-down age, the “courageous” Iranian athlete is symptomatic of the hate that is eating up the West.

It is a good thing it was an Iranian athlete who showed so much “courage” in Athens.

If it were an Israeli or American athlete who refused to compete against an Iranian, the rest of the world would be responding with condemnation and demands to remove the person from the competition. The International Olympic Committee and judo’s governing body would be all over the case, appealing to President Martin Sheen to make an apology to the world.

But an Iranian athlete whose heart is filled with hate against an Israeli?

This is hardly anything. The Jews have it coming.

No one outside Israel gets too worked up about the hate directed toward Jews, starting with the IOC hypocrites who have purged the massacre of Israeli athletes in 1972 from their institutional memory banks.

If the IOC hypocrites and their sycophants with the various governing bodies stood for anything other than corporate sponsorships, they would have put the Iranian athlete on the first plane out of Athens to Tehran.

Instead, the matter is being studied.

Tolerating open hate apparently has become yet another of the cherished ideals of the Olympics.

Tolerance is a wonderful quality, and perhaps one day soon the awful hard-liners in Israel will learn to be tolerant of being blown up.

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