Saturday, April 15, 2006

Could You Blame Them?

The likelihood of American military action against Iran in order to prevent that country from producing nuclear weapons is currently a popular topic for discussion. An attack by Israel may be more likely, especially considering these latest comments from Iran's president:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a "permanent threat" to the Middle East that will "soon" be liberated. He also appeared to again question whether the Holocaust really happened.

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."
In a just world, this maniac would be condemned by the U.N. and by leaders all over the world. An Israeli response, whenever it might occur, would be fully justified by this blatant threat, which is not the first made by Ahmadinejad. Of course, in the world we actually live in, Israel would be condemned for an attack which might just be necessary for its survival.

In the fantasy world that Reuters inhabits,
the tone of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech was slightly more moderate than fiery rhetoric last year, when Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted him as telling a conference: "Israel must be wiped off the map."