Just when Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was beginning to sound somewhat sane, he goes and says something like this: "We don't need to build (atomic) bombs," he told a crowd at a ceremony inaugurating a new dam in Western Iran. "Bombs are for retarded people." The Adam Sandler-esque soundbite comes from a report by Iran's semi-official FARS news agency, which doesn't give any sort of explanation for Ahmadinejad's befuddling connection between the mentally handicapped and weapons of mass destruction. Prior to the quote, the news agency cites the president saying: "As far as the nuclear issue is concerned, what they (the westerners) fear is Iran's ability and determination that drove us into this (nuclear) path."
The remark comes on the heels of Ahmadinejad's latest feud with his more traditionalist rivals who want to segregate men and women at Iran's universities. Ahmadinejad struck a rather reasonable tone on that one stressing that "Urgent action is required to prevent these superficial and non-scholarly actions." As Reuters notes, domestically, Ahmadinejad isn't seen as a hardliner since he's "outflanked on the right by ultra-conservatives." Still his history of "indelicate" language means he won't be changing perceptions in the West anytime soon. Have a look at some of his past remarks.