Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Informed Comment : Comments by Iranian President

Informed Comment

I wonder if this will get as much airplay as the (mistranslated) "wipe Israel off the map" comment.
"Ahmadinejad: We are Not a Threat to Any Country, Including Israel

Believe it, don't believe it, that's up to you. But at least we should know what exactly he said, which is not something our US newspapers will tell us about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech on Saturday:

Kayhan reports that [Pers.] Ahmadinejad said, 'Iran is not a threat to any country, and is not in any way a people of intimidation and aggression.' He described Iranians as people of peace and civilization. He said that Iran does not even pose a threat to Israel, and wants to deal with the problem there peacefully, through elections:

'Weapons research is in no way part of Iran's program. Even with regard to the Zionist regime, our path to a solution is elections.'"
If you use one quote, you need to use the other. BTW, the "method" for the "wiping" is a one-state, actual-people-who-live-there-and-vote democracy in Israel. This is completely untenable to those who think God declared that a Jewish state must exist on the eastern edge of the Med...which is why we keep seeing wars there, and why the bulk of the native Arab population is held in camps behind walls, on the "other" side of the border.

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