June 29, 2005
The new president of Iran founded a group of young activists who swarmed
the American embassy in Tehran and held our diplomats and embassy workers
hostage for 444 days in 1979 and 1980.
Mahmoud Ah-Mad-Inejahd is the first non-cleric to hold the job since Ayatollah Khomeini died in 1989, yet in many ways he is much more of a fundamentalist than either of the religious figures who have been in office since then.
As noted by John Simpson, Editor of BBC World Affairs, the new Iranian president and many like him are intense, strong believers in the Ayatollah's revolution that overthrew the Shah.
The election, which most pro-democrat elements in Iran boycotted, shocked the Germans and the French.
They had been promoting the false notion that the Iranian government was moderating and wanted to reach accommodation with the West.
This again proves just the opposite.
It also proves, again, that we are in a world war with Islamo-facism to determine which philosophy will rule our planet.
We had better get serious about it and fast.
The new Iranian president and his like-minded colleagues are serious.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.