What does it say about the values of Iranian religious culture that finds it perfectly acceptable for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to publicly call for the wiping out of Israel and denying the Holocaust, but condemns him when he does this? I almost feel a slight shred of sympathy for the bastard.
Most of us are probably familiar with the "slippery slope" argument. It is the argument used by dogmatic conservatives and reactionaries to deny granting someone the freedom to do a particular thing, because then it will result in the breakdown of the very fabric of society itself. For example, Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly has argued that if gay marriage is legalized, then eventually it will lead to people wanting the legal right to marry goats! Yeah, sure Bill, as if a goat can consent to marriage with a human. I can picture the ceremony. The justice of the peace asks, "Do you, Sally Goat, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?" Then the groom shouts, "You hear that, that 'bwahahahaha!', that was a YES!"
So of course the theocrats of Iran have to condemn President Ahmadinejad. Otherwise impressionable young Iranian boys will start getting woodies in their pants at the mere sight of elderly ladies in headscarfs and black coats. Young men will start marrying 80-something old hags instead of nubile young women of child bearing age. Iran's population will plummet to below replacement level, it won't be able to field an army to defend itself, leaving the country vulnerable to invasion and colonization by Israel. So that is why, folks, that President Ahmadinejad should not kiss the hands of kindly old ladies in public, because ultimately it is a matter of national security.