Monday, April 24, 2006

Ahmadinejad Celebrates Holocaust Remembrance Day 

As Holocaust Remembrance Day approached, Haaretz carried pertinent remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

In wide-ranging remarks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Israel was an artificial state that could not continue to exist.
Oh, he is the clever one that Ahmadinejad. Haaretz did not report whether Ahmadinejad's star pupil, Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh, was taking notes as his Iranian mentor demonstrated how Hamas can extricate itself from its rhetorical recognition bind, but Haniyeh should have been. The trick is to recognize that there presently is an Israeli state, even if it is only artificial, while simultaneously denying only the Jewish State's FUTURE right to CONTINUE existing. So most diplomats really shouldn't have any problem with that.

"Some 60 years has passed since the end of World War II, why should the people of Germany and Palestine pay now for a war in which the current generation was not involved," Ahmadinejad told a press conference.
This could almost be a coy hint that a Jewish state may have been justified in the aftermath of the Holocaust. But it's really just an exasperated statement that enough is enough -- and isn't the statute of limitations on genocide 60 years anyway? So can we please just move on -- and also move the Jews on -- already?

The Iranian president has long campaigned against Israel, saying last October that Israel should be "wiped off the map." He has said Europe should find a home for Israelis, who should not live on Palestinian land.

"Open the doors [of Europe] and let the Jews go back to their own countries," the president said Monday.

He added that Europeans should jettison their "anti-semitism" to enable Israelis to "return" to their continent, and "allow Palestinians to decide their own fate and live freely."
Clearly Ahmadinejad cannot believe that sending Jews to Europe is any sort of final solution if keeping them off of Palestinian land is his priority, for as the growing riots, internal unrest and domestic appeasement there indicate, the flag changing ceremonies over Eurabia's capital cities may not be far off.

The unintended irony in Ahmnadinejad's remarks is so thick you could chop it with a scimitar. The idea of Jews being kicked out of Israel so they won't bother any Palestinian Arabs is rich: who does he think lives in Europe? Sixty years after the Holocaust it's not so much neo-Nazi skinheads who need to heed Mr. A's call to drop the anti-Semitism, as the numerous Muslim and Arab immigrants who've immigrated to Europe en masse, conventiently creating oases of Sharia law and preparing welcoming committees for Ahmadinejad's proposed influx of fleeing Jews.

Ahmadinejad also hinted that Iran would consider withdrawing from the United Nations nuclear agency if membership produced no benefit.
No benefit, that is, other than working nuclear warheads and the missiles required to deliver them. Otherwise, why bother?

"What has more than 30 years of membership in the agency given us?" he asked rhetorically at a press conference.
That is the question isn't it? What precisely has it gotten them, and where are they keeping it?

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