Wednesday, December 14, 2005

previous entry | main | next entry | TrackBack (0)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is getting some bad press -- again

Poor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian president just can't escape his press stereotype. Marc Wolfensberger has the latest story for Bloomberg:

The West has "fabricated a myth under the name 'Massacre of the Jews,' and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves,'' Iran's leader told thousands of supporters in the south-eastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, state television showed in a live broadcast.

"If you say and insist it's true that you killed 6 million Jews in crematoria during World War II, then why should the Palestinians pay for that?'' Ahmadinejad asked. "Our proposal is that you give a piece of your land in Europe, the U.S., Canada or Alaska. If you do that, the Iranian people will no longer protest against you.''

This is the strongest anti-Israeli public comment by Ahmadinejad since he took office in August. The Iranian president drew international condemnation on Oct. 26 after saying that Israel should be "wiped off the map.'' On Dec. 8, he prompted another outcry when he said Europe should host Israel on its soil. Some 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis until Germany's defeat in the 1939-1945 war.

Now, far be it for me to pass up an opportunity to poke some fun at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but if I were his spinmeister, I'd stress that he really didn't say anything new in these statements. He's articulated his belief that the Holocaust did not happened, and he's articulated his belief that Israel should be removed from the Middle Eastern region. All Ahmadinejad did in his recent utterances was reaffirm his previous positions. So, I'd make darn sure the press got the following bullet point:
The President of Iran has not ratcheted up his anti-Israeli rhetoric -- his views on Israel have remain unchanged since he took office.

posted by Dan on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM


Pretty much the same as King George has maintained his views...

posted by: j on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Except that Dubya isn't...

Ah what the hell. Halliburton!

posted by: David Ross on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Dan, I know you're not a security wonk, but it'd be much appreciated if you'd blog your insights/analysis/observations on the probably & conditions of a military confrontation with Iran in the near future.

posted by: jprime on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Thing is, he's got a point about Europe making the Middle East pay for its sins. If he'd said that in 1948, it might even have made sense. 58 years later, it's just carping.

posted by: jb on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Didn't the USA refuse to let them sttle in the States?

posted by: eric bloodaxe on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

I think he's mainly trying to put the blame for the palestinian-israeli problems on the Europeans.

posted by: Giovanni Ciriani on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

As I understand it, the idea that the Palestinians were made to pay for the sins of Europe is not uncommon in the Middle East. And there is a certain logic to it - it was Europeans who tried to exterminate the Jews, so why wasn't it Europeans who had to give up their land?

Of course, anyone with an ounce of sense can see that the odds of Israel's leaving and returning the land to the Palestinians aren't much higher than the odds of America's leaving and returning the land to the Indians.

posted by: crane on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Someone needs to tell Mahmoud that Alaska is part of the US.

posted by: Dimmy Karras on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Someone also needs to remind people that Palestinians HARDLY matter to the big players in the Middle East. The poor Palestinians have been duplicitously played not just by Arafat but Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. Somehow I feel that the rhetoric of Ahmajinead is not so much an expression of true Islamic solidarity or Pan-Arabism but a propagandist tool to stir up the disgruntled in the Middle East.

posted by: Joshua Xiong on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

The plight of the Palestinians in the Middle East is kind of like Roe v. Wade in America. As long as it's there, those in power can use it for political propaganda.

posted by: crane on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Amadhinejad has now moved to ban Western music on Iran's radio and TV stations.

Guesss Elton won't be sashaying over to Tehran any time soon to serenade Mad Nejad with a rendition of Rocket Man.

posted by: Aidan Maconachy on 12.14.05 at 07:06 PM [permalink]

Post a Comment:


Email Address:



Remember your info?