TEHRAN-After years of antisemitic remarks, denying the Holocaust, and recently, in front of hundreds of college students who "know better", stating that Iran has a gay population of 0, controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made possibly his most stunning proclamation yetthat there is not, and never has been, a Santa Claus.
The anti-Santatic (Santaic?) statement came in the midst of difficult times for the 50-year-old Iranian president, who upon his return to Iran after visiting the United States endured harsh criticism from his opponents, many of whom are college-aged students. "If Columbia students get to laugh at him," one 20-year-old protester asked, "why can't we? Their football team is terrible!"
Ahmadinejad's remarks caused a backlash from the pro-Santa community. Protesters lined the streets, shouting "Santa Hater!" and reciting chants with clever puns, such as, "Why does he hate Santa? Be-Claus he's jealous!"
Ahmadinejad regrets even addressing the question. "I was talking about strengthening Iran-Russia relations, then this Santa thing came up! Why? It's not even relevant!"
Santa Claus could not be reached for comment