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Thursday, October 27, 2005
Ahmadine...Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
What the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said:

"The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world," the president told a conference in Tehran on Wednesday, entitled The World without Zionism.

"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land," he said.

"As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map," said Ahmadinejad, referring to Iran's revolutionary leader Ayat Allah Khomeini.

His comments were the first time in years that such a high-ranking Iranian official has called for Israel's eradication, even though such slogans are still regularly used at government
rallies. ...

... Addressing about 4000 students gathered in an Interior Ministry conference hall, Ahmadinejad also called for Palestinian unity, resistance and a point "where the annihilation of the Zionist regime will come".
Ahmadinejad went on to call for "not settling" for just a "piece of Palestinian land" (namely Gaza) and to warn fellow Muslim states against recognizng Israel, saying "Anyone who signs a treaty which recognises the entity of Israel means he has signed the surrender of the Muslim world ... Any leaders in the Islamic umma who recognise Israel face the wrath of their own people."

So was the Iranian president just feeding his base, as we say in the land of Karl Rove, or has he set the table for war -- meaning actual war -- with the international community over his remarks? He certainly hasn't helped his country's case regarding the development of nuclear technology (Russia, Iran's best friend on the Security Council and the only thing keeping them from being referred for sanctions, has condemned the remarks). Or could Iran be talking tough because they already have -- or are on the verge of acquiring -- nuclear weapons?

Tony Blair is sounding threatening notes from the land that sent a stultifying 11,000 troops to invade the 22 million person nation of Iraq... But can anybody think Blair is serious about a military strike on Tehran? Blair and whose Army? Sorry but ours is a bit occupied... The world reaction has been predictable (Israel called for Iran's expulsion from the United Nations), and the U.N. and American reactions wer downright comical:
Mr Ahmadinejad’s words triggered international condemnation, with Israel demanding Iran’s expulsion from the United Nations. “A country that calls for the destruction of another people cannot be a member,” Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, said. Russia, which has been helping Iran to develop its nuclear programme, called the words unacceptable. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, expressed dismay. The Bush Administration demanded that Iran behave as a responsible member of the international community.
Way to get tough, Kofi and George ... Reaction from the Arab world has been characteristically muted.

Call me cynical, but I somehow doubt that much of Europe -- let alone the American people - would consent to a war against Iran merely for insulting the Israelis. I for one would take the Pat Buchanan line, and wonder what the point of such a war would be as regards American national security. If the Israelis are sufficiently pissed off about Ahmadinejad's call for their destruction (remember, the Soviets for decades called for the destruction of the Capitalist Pigs of America...) let them invade Iran. Enough of our guys have died in the Middle East for a war Israel should have fought on its own already.

Tags: , Middle East, War, Terrorism, Foreign Policy, Israel
posted by JReid @ 8:45 PM  
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