October 16th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

Now anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here, but from what I remember Ahmadenijad was actually somewhat of a moderate by Iranian standards and worked as a bit of a counterbalance to the more radical elements in Irah, namely the clerics and the actual leader of the country, Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Mad Hatter

October 16th, 2018 at 12:47 PM ^

It's a shame we fucked up our relationship with that country so badly.  We have a lot more in common with Persians than many of their neighbors.

Plus their food is good.  And their woman are stunningly beautiful.


October 16th, 2018 at 1:06 PM ^

FYI, "Inshallah" literally means "if Allah wills it." The Arabs use the expression in every other sentence, like, "you will come back for another trip, Inshallah, very soon!" 

Taken literally, he is praying to God we win. That means something more to a devout Muslim than when a random person says, "I hope to God he scores a touchdown here." 


October 16th, 2018 at 9:29 PM ^

A couple quibbles: 1. Probably best to translate it as "God willing", which makes more sense for native English speakers (it could also be "By the will of God" and, of course, your definition is literal as you noted); 2. Yes, Arabs use the expression a lot (almost in a "knock on wood" kind of way) but Iranians are Persian, not Arabs.

The Mad Hatter

October 16th, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

Apparently he's a sports fan.

The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league

The philosophy and spirit of sports is bringing people together not causing more conflicts. Politics must support the spirit of sports not destroy it.



October 16th, 2018 at 1:58 PM ^

The interesting question is why MICHIGAN and why now (beyond that MA is replying to an old UM related tweet)? What's the connection that I'm missing? He's met Bolinger at some point, right? Maybe Juan Cole?


October 16th, 2018 at 1:59 PM ^

Are you guys kidding me???  Does anyone not remember the best Iranian kicker there ever was?  Ali Haji Shiek!!!!!  He kicked for Bo back in the late 70's!  Clearly, Ahmedinejad was channeling him!

And you guys call yourselves Michigan football fans...


October 16th, 2018 at 2:14 PM ^

I went to the MLB All-Star game with Ali when it was in Detroit with a mutual friend. Nicest guy you'd ever want to meet. He let me try on his Redskins Super Bowl ring. I think he was weirded out by the amount of Michigan related stuff I knew about him, though. Cool story, bro....


October 17th, 2018 at 1:55 PM ^

Someone very close to me taught English as a Second Language at UofM while a grad student, and one memorable summer had 7 or 8 members of the Iranian Navy in her class, engineers who were sent here for their English before being sent to various colleges in the states to study. (She always said she got to know what was going on in the world by who showed up in her class.) Will save the story of when they came to visit us in our nearby small town, blew out their tires on the freeway and had to spend the night on our living room floor. This was in the time of the Shah, so we always wondered what had happened to them afterwards.