04 June 2008

A Public Service Announcement (from Ahmadinejad)

Just in case it was missed in all the hubbub about Sen. Obama’s number of pledged delegates, here’s some words from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (source: AFP):

"I must announce that the Zionist regime (Israel), with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene.”

"Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started."
These are the real words from the real mind of the public leader (notwithstanding the mullahs in the background) of a soon-to-be nuclear state. Not very comforting for those of us who live in Israel or the US.

Yet we will be told again and again as we have been in the past that this is all bombast for the cameras, that he really doesn’t mean it. We will be told that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are too far off for us to really worry about them now; we should really hold off taking any action, indeed even imposing serious sanctions. Just hold off and let things develop. Or, in a more “aggressive” move, talk directly with Mr. Ahmadinejad. Surely this man can be reasoned with, negotiated with, without preconditions.

I for one take the man at his word. He, of his own admission, would like to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and defeat the US in any way possible. Iran’s allies – Syria, Hezbolla, and Hamas – share the same vision. I don’t think it is that difficult to understand, but it is difficult to combat, even if the US were part of a solid alliance against such entities. That the US is not only makes the job impossibly difficult, if not just plain impossible.

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