The stir that Ahmadinejad arouses when he comes to speak at the UN always disgusts me with its hypocrisy and the way that those in power who have a means to present their views to the gullible US public, twist reality beyond recognition. It was no different this time as Ahmadinejad was used for everybody’s political purposes. Tzipi Livni, in line for Israel’s prime minister post said this:
“Ahmadinejad’s speech at the UN demonstrates the absurd state of affairs of the organization whose founding motto was “Never Again”. But, that is not even the worst of it. Iran is now asking to be included as a member of the UN Security Council. This is like allowing a criminal to be his own judge and jury.
“This is an unprecedented absurdity - for a state that is threatening the security of its neighbors and calling for the destruction of another state to be a member of the body whose goal is to maintain international peace and security.
“Iran is the subject of Security Council sanctions because it pursues a nuclear weapons program and supplies weapons to terrorist organizations, thereby violating numerous Security Council resolutions. Responsible countries cannot support Iran’s membership in the body responsible for the implementation of those same sanctions.
Of course, she paid little attention to several annoying little facts such as the IAEA’s continuing claims that it has been unable to verify diversion of Iran’s nuclear program to military use. Or how about the annoying little fact that Iran is in fact threatening to harm any nation’s security while Israel is constantly placing the security of its surrounding nations in great alarm. Iran has attacked no nation in its existence while Israel is constantly at war with its neighbors.
Oh, and another conveniently forgotten fact is the nuclear weapons program of Israel itself, which it does not allow the IAEA to inspect. Livni is from a long tradition of hypocrites and murderers.
Then there was the rhetoric of Obama:
“I strongly condemn President Ahmadinejad’s outrageous remarks at the United Nations, and am disappointed that he had a platform to air his hateful and anti-Semitic views.” He added, “The threat from Iran’s nuclear program is grave.” Obama then called on his rival in the presidential race, Sen. John McCain, “to join me in supporting a bipartisan bill to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by allowing states and private companies to divest from companies doing business in Iran.” He slammed McCain, saying that the senator was playing partisan politics by declining to join Obama in this divestment campaign.
Way overstated Obama. Did you all forget to watch Larry King live for his interview with Ahmadinejad today? He stated over and over that he has no intent to use violence against Jews at all. Not only that, but he has no power to control the Iranian military as that power lies with the Ayatollah.
As for Jews in Israel, Iran has not threatened to kill any of them, much less all of them. On “Larry King Live,” Ahmadinejad expressed the hope that the Israeli state will collapse just as the apartheid regime in South Africa did. In other words, he is advocating a variant of the one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While his version of that one state is unrealistic and unfair to Israeli Jews and does not have a prayer of being realized, it is not a genocide, and it is a barefaced lie to say that it entails the killing of anyone. As Larry King admitted, the South African minority government fell peacefully.
Ahmadinejad was forced again to explain that when he quoted Ayatollah Khomeini to the effect that “this occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,” he did not mean that “Israel must be wiped off the face of the map” (as the quotation was mistranslated). He told King Tuesday night that he meant that the Israeli state’s policies of committing crimes against the Palestinians and killing them and occupying them must vanish. He added, “Our solution is in fact a completely humane and democratic one. What we’re saying is that throughout the Palestinian territories [i.e., including Israel and the occupied territories], people should gather and determine the type of government they would like to have.” In other words, he says he means by the vanishing of the regime a single democratically elected state in Israel and Palestine.
Then of course there are the ravings of the lunatic Palin:
She alleged that the Iranian president “dreams of being an agent in a ‘Final Solution’ — the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a ‘stinking corpse’ that is ‘on its way to annihilation.’ She warned apocalyptically that Iran had tested missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv and that “the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion.”
Who will save us from these out-of-control people who seek to lead us into another war which will murder many and has no justification in the least? Will someone please elect Nader into office?