Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth sitting President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Re-elected through a questionable election in 2009, Ahmadinejad has been modern day Persia's President since August 6, 2005.
While president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become a global figure, perhaps more for his outrageous statements regarding the Holocaust and Israel than for admirable leadership. Mr. Ahmadinejad denounced the Holocaust as an event that required further scientific study to prove it a real occurrence or a staged lie. As you can imagine, that statement, which completely disregards the worst horror of human history, enraged most of the world that fought against the Nazis in World War II, and it angered the Germans as well. For a cunning leader and strategist, which we here at SLI believe him to be, with those statements, Mr. Ahmadinejad displayed astounding naivete'. His view is perhaps more readily found on the impoverished streets of Tehran, rather than within its universities.
However we may disagree with his views, Ahmadinejad has achieved much in his life. He certainly serves as a role model within his country to those born of less than privileged status. Still, his demeanor and, dare we say charisma, leave the world with much to be concerned. While Iran's political structure does not lift Ahmadinejad to the highest position in his country, his citizens have already proven in modern history that they decide their country's fate, and its leadership as well.