I have been able to view Ahmadinejad twice on TV, once in an interview with Mike Wallace and then again in part of a speech that was rebroadcast on c-span. From hearing him speak I can't feel that he is an evil man, on the contrary he seems to have a lively mind and is articulate and reasonable. What he has said about Israel is alarming but may be understandable from an Arab point of view. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia about this man. His attitude toward women is interesting. Could he be a friend to women in the Arab world?
On 24 April 2006, Ahmadinejad announced that a ruling which prevented women from watching men playing sports in stadiums would soon be reversed.  A state television announcer reported that Ahmadinejad "ordered the head of the sports organisation to provide facilities in the stadiums to watch national matches." Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying: "The best stands should be allocated to women and families in the stadiums in which national and important matches are being held." Two days earlier, Ahmadinejad had objected to punishment of women appearing in stadiums without proper hijab. His remarks angered some supporters