Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to make his first trip to Europe, and he’s asked to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. While Pope John Paul II had no problem meeting with controversial heads of state—or non-states in the case of Yasser Arafat—the German-born Benedict, who as a child was a member of the Nazi Youth, though we shouldn’t hold that against him, would be playing with fire with the disgusting Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier several times over. To Benedict’s credit, he has not yet chosen to accept the invitation, but NPR reported his No. 2 likely would be willing.
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