Thursday, October 27, 2005

Iran Threatens Israel With Holocaust
Arab Leaders Snore

From Associated Press:

CAIRO, Egypt - Arab governments remained silent Thursday as international condemnation grew over a call by Iran's new president for Israel to be destroyed.

Despite the silence, analysts in the region said Tehran's Arab rivals may quietly be pleased to see the radical regime further isolated by its extremism.

Oh yeah, that's the reason for their silence. For God's sake, most of the Arab states don't even recognize Israel's existence. Who offered up this Arabist apology?

Let's read more, shall we?

However, some Palestinians — who would have the task of destroying Israel according to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — rejected the remarks.

"We have recognized the state of Israel and we are pursuing a peace process with Israel, and ... we do not accept the statements of the president of Iran," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. "This is unacceptable."

European governments condemned Ahmadinejad's comments, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair saying they increased concerns the clerical regime is a threat to global security and may even trigger pleas for pre-emptive action against Iran.

"I have never come across a situation (with) the president of a country saying they want to wipe out" another nation, Blair told reporters Thursday.

French President Jacques Chirac called the remarks "completely irresponsible" and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed "dismay" at them, in a rare rebuke of a U.N. member state.

In contrast, newspapers across the Middle East reported Wednesday's speech by Ahmadinejad without comment, many of them on their front pages.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry and Cabinet officials said Cairo would have nothing to say on the address.

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher also declined comment, apparently to avoid further aggravating relations with Iran, which the kingdom has accused of interfering in Iraq to strengthen the Shiite influence in the Middle East.

Ok, folks, those Egypt and Jordan are the two Middle East countries who recognize Israel, but they don't have comment. Interesting, huh?

Analysts said Ahmadinejad's uncompromising line highlighted Iran's differences with other Middle East governments and will make it easier for the international community to take a tough line against Iran for its defiant nuclear policy.

I like that word, "uncompromising."

I'm going to kill you.

Well gee, that's a very uncompromising thing to say.

Mohammed Wahby, a former diplomat and member of the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs, said it was a mistake to remain quiet about the speech, which he said undermined Mideast peace prospects.

"Recognizing Israel as an integral part of the Middle East is no longer in doubt," he said, saying Iran was only encouraging hard-liners on both sides.

Mustafa Hamarneh, head of the Strategic Studies Center at the University of Jordan, agreed that Ahmadinejad was out of step, especially with the Palestinians.

"He's an ideologue who shot from the cuff; it was not a studied statement," Hamarneh said.

Take note that Mustafa is not saying it was a wrong thing to say, or that it was evil. No, he's saying it wasn't a "studied" thing to say. In other words, he should have been smart enough to not have come right out and say such a thing. It's ok to think it, and even to plan it in backrooms, but for Allah's sake, don't say it.

I see nothing in this article that leads me to believe anyone in the world of Arab government feels regret over the threat to Israel. The Associated Press article is untrue. I wonder if they know what they wrote and published is untrue?