I'm for diplomatic efforts toward Iran, but his is a tad over the top:
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II's annual address, broadcaster Channel Four said Wednesday.Bear in mind this "alternative world view" ranges from apocalyptic rhetoric directed at Israel and the west to the denial of Iran's gay population and subsequently, it's barbaric and medieval use of death by hanging to punish homosexuality. Indeed, by British measures that would seem to be a very alternative world view. I think Channel Four is taking the kumbaya, let's all get along bit to the level of absurdity.
Ahmadinejad will give a brief speech which will go out on 1915 GMT on Christmas Day.
A Channel Four spokesman said the message is a spiritual one and includes Ahmadinejad's wishes for seasonal goodwill.
Channel Four has invited a figure in the news to deliver an alternative Christmas message to the queen's annual broadcast every year since 1993 but Ahmadinejad is the most high-profile guest yet.
The channel's head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne said: "As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential.
"As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view."