Take your pick. Is it the AP’s hilariously credulous whitewash of Ahmadinejad’s letter to Bush?

The document gives rare insight into a man who has largely been a mystery to the West, showing him as fixated on a long list of grievances against the United States and seeking to build on a shared faith in God

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad called his letter “words and opinions of the Iranian nation” aimed at finding a “way out of problems” facing humanity, according to the official Iranian news agency.

Yet its only proposal is an invitation, over the letter’s last several pages, to join in with those believers who adhere to the teachings of prophets, to monotheism, and human dignity. Ahmadinejad quotes the Quran throughout, reminding Bush that everyone will someday face God for judgment…

In places, he strikes a soft, almost fatherly stance. On its first page, Ahmadinejad strikes a tone of a man who is troubled by a friend’s actions and decides to sit down and give him a little advice.

Or was it Madeleine Albright giving Matthews a sneak preview of World Apology Tour ’09 by blaming our problems in the Middle East on “a sense of modernism that is basically seen as vulgar and intrusive”?

Wait ’til they’re back in power and we commence Operation: Respect for Medieval Cultures. This jihad thing’s going to clear right up, man. Just like that North Korea nuke situation did.

Tags: Middle East