Parts of the Left was oddly silent after Ahmadinejad’s speech. That gays are viciously persecuted in Iran is a given. Yet some Lefties who defend gay rights here seemed mute about the obvious homophobia in his speech (as well as on his apparent Holocaust revisionism)
This is probably because they see Iran as standing against US imperialism, and thus worthy of support. Yet when the Ayatollahs took power, the Left were among the first people they imprisoned and killed.
Just because someone opposes George Bush does not automatically make them a friend – or even an ally. The foe of my foe is not necessarily a friend. Lefties who defend gay rights here should defend them in Iran too. Solidarity need not and should not be unquestioning.