McCain's Joke - "Maybe That's a Way of Killing Iranians!"

@anniepa (26634)
United States
July 9, 2008 7:09pm CST
This is really funny, isn't it? When told of the large number of cigarettes we sell in Iran John McCain joked that, "Maybe that's a way of killing Iranians." I know I'm roflmao - NOT! These are Iranian citizens he's talking about, not the political or spiritual leaders of this country. Is there anyone else here that thinks this was totally classless and tasteless and not at all fitting of a world leader or should I just lighten up and see the humor in the deaths of innocent peple? Annie
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14 responses
• United States
10 Jul 08
How could anyone think that way? What have people who happen to have been born there done wrong? The leaders may have unacceptable ideas, but I'm not willing to kill off the civilians for it. Nor am I willing to have our young people killed to support our leaders' greed and their power trips!
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• United States
14 Jul 08
There certainly are some hot-headed followers, but the vast majority are simply frightened people, trying to stay alive.
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@anniepa (26634)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Thank you, cobrateacher. Pisa, just as there are here in the USA I'm sure there are some citizens in Iran who are misguided or misinformed, not to mention the fact that they're not doubt not getting the whole truth about Americans in their news over there. However, when they hear a presumptive Presidential nominee make a joke like this one, I have to wonder if those mobs won't grow even larger. This is something the Iranian leaders don't need any propaganda for, all they have to do is play the tape as it is. Annie
@fiona08 (454)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I am outraged by racist jokes, made by people who should know better. If we accept bigoted humor by people in positions of power, how do we stop future generations from being racist? Absolutely unacceptable!
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Jul 08
There isn't a way to stop future generations from being bigoted and racist. You're a dreamer.
@fiona08 (454)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Well I may be a dreamer, but we would never have come this far without some of us being dreamers. We need to stop accepting racism, especially in people who wish to run our country. We most certainly teach our young people that hate, based on race is unacceptable.
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@anniepa (26634)
• United States
17 Jul 08
"There isn't a way to stop future generations from being bigoted and racist. You're a dreamer." Nobody is BORN bigoted or racist, they have to learn it. Unfortunately, there will probably always be adults for the young to learn it from but if our so-called leaders who are supposed to be older and wiser didn't set such an example that might help. Annie
@alokn99 (5718)
• India
10 Jul 08
It certainly is not funny. Sometimes politicians make these jokes to impress a few around them, without realising the consequences of it. Can you imagine what the common man in Iran must be feeling ? Will it not only increase the distrust. What if the Iranian leader was to make a statement like that ? He should withdraw it immediately.
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@ElicBxn (60053)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Smoking is a choice, just as U.S. citizens have the choice to smoke, so do Iranians. If they chose to take the chance of killing themselves with smoke related cancer - so be it. I don't smoke, never have, tried to encourage smokers to stop - it helped kill my father - and would encourage Iranians to stop, it is still their choice to do it. And if they do - oh well. Yes, I feel the same way about any one smoking and dying.
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@ElicBxn (60053)
• United States
14 Jul 08
The Iranian government inports the posion, they can stop any day (of course the people would then try smoking other things and there'd be black market cigs) but Iran can control the import. So sure, I think its kind of funny. Here, in a nominally religious country where even cigs are not suppose to be smoked, they are killing themselves with them.
• United States
10 Jul 08
This is just the lastest in a trend of annoying the Iranians. It almost seems as if certain politicians are picking a fight with them. I know the Iranian leaders are not some of society's best individuals, however most Iranians harbor no bad feelings towards Americans. Let's just write this comment off as just another stupid comment by a silly politician. Lloyd
10 Jul 08
Its appalling, McCain has made a massive error there, you'd think eventually America would realise its attitude towards countries like Iran isn't working and change the classless way they do business.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
10 Jul 08
You are right. That comment is in very poor taste. We are all human beings with the same basic needs. No nationality should be treated or viewed as less than any other. I think that this goes back to the old saying, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."
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@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think that comments like that should be kept silent, but at the same time, he is not the only person to say things that shouldn't be said. there's been a lot of that going on. I wouldn't let a comment like that stop me from voting how ever I am voting, if you know what I mean by that. I agree it's a tasteless & classless comment, but I also know were only human and we do and say dumb things sometimes.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Exactly! I'm sure he regrets saying it, at least where it could be heard and reported by the liberal media. If you're going to say something like taht, even though he was joking, it's best to do it in private. Otherwise it gets in threads like this one and people get all outraged.
• United States
14 Jul 08
lol. I do agree.
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have never been an admirer of McCain's political views, but I also never realized until the last six months that he is just about as ignorant as Bush. What a completely assinine thing to say. And how embarrassing for someone running for President of the US to make such stupid statements out loud. I don't think I can go through another four years of apologizing for the ignorance of our President. OMG.
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@anniepa (26634)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I don't think I can endure that either! Just the other day when bush made his "smart guy" reference to the new Russian President I thought how GLAD I was that he'll soon be history. Gosh, I hope we've learned enough from his reign of terror to not repeat that mistake! Annie
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I apologize to no country. I don't care what they think of us. When did we turn into such a bunch of whimps? Iran is selling weapons to be used against our military in Iraq. Do you know that? They are helping the enemy to kill our fine men and women who serve our country. Hello!
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
10 Jul 08
This is a guy who called his own wife a trollup and a c*nt in front of other people. He doesn't sound like a very classy guy anyway. A comment like that about the Iranians sounds about par for the course. Besides, I have a feeling that a lot of Washington politicians don't see people in other countries as anything more than cannon fodder. They're simply not human beings who experience pain and heartache, in their eyes.
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@anniepa (26634)
• United States
14 Jul 08
You've made several good points here. Thanks! Annie
@garoon (11)
17 Jul 08
hey Annie! Of course USA and IRAN have been in a very bad relationships for past 30 years... but it is all politics, and when sucha public figure like McCain make a comment about "killing Iranians," this not only show what McCain think about Iranians but also what many Americas think... (i hope i am wrong)
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@c_pablo (45)
• Argentina
13 Jul 08
of course what it is... i listen what bugs bunny too is helping lol is better laugh than cry
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@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
13 Jul 08
That's pretty brutal. I agree with you on this one, that's pretty classless. We don't really have a stable relationship with Iran to start, all we need is that doofus stirring up trouble with them too. He needs to just start keeping his mouth shut.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Other countries hate America. They always have and always will. They do not care about our civilians. They would bomb us in a heartbeat if they could. I think you are all being too soft on Iran and a bit naive. They are supplying Iraqi militants with weapons to kill our soldiers fighting there. They are no friends to the U.S. We need someone who is tough to deal with them. Otherwise they see us as being weak. They are a backward country of people who stone women and girls for being raped. They hold mass public executions of gays. They have no civil rights for their ownpeople. They have crazy leaders and they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. They have been testing long range missiles recently. I don't think we can bargain with people like Ahmadinejad. I find what McCain said regrettable and a mistake even as a joke. On the other hand I think we are as a nation becoming too politically correct with our language and I fear it will be the downfall of our country.
@anniepa (26634)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I don't think making a joke about innocent civilians dying is a simple matter of being politically incorrect. Yes, there ARE innocent civilians in Iran despite what their leaders do and say. Annie
@garoon (11)
17 Jul 08
hi pieasabird, other countries do NOT hate America! even Iranians (most of them) like America. they like your Movies, Music, freedom of expression and other things that make America so much appealing. but, just like with any other country America has a dark side as well - the side that regular Americans are not aware of (or they do not wish to know).
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18 Jul 08
Whether we kill them with cancer sticks or Israel nukes um they're gonna get smoked.