Thursday, August 02, 2012
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a few choice things to say in a speech to ambassadors from a number of Muslim countries:
Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of 'Qods Day' ('Jerusalem Day'), an annual Iranian anti-Zionist event established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini and which falls this year on August 17, Ahmadinejad said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years."
Considering that Israel has only been in existence for 64 years, it's obvious that to Ahmadinejad and his audience,'Zionists' means 'Jews.'
It was Zionists, he said, who were “behind the scene of the world’s main powers, media, monetary and banking centers.”
"They are the decision makers, to the extent that the presidential election hopefuls [of the USA] must go and kiss the feet of the Zionists to ensure their election victory,” he added.
Ahmadinejad added that "liberating Palestine" would solve all the world's problems, although he did not elaborate on exactly how that might work.
“Qods Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, as it is to be viewed as a key for solving the world problems," he said.
He added: "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.”
There are several things that are quite interesting about this.
Ahmadinejad has threatened genocide against Israel many times before. And if you know anything about Iran, you know this rhetoric comes straight from Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, who has also been quite explicit on the subject.
And as usual, there's no real pushback. Not from the Muslim countries, who largely agree with what he's saying. And certainly not from many individual Muslims.By their standards, this is pro forma rhetoric, the Muslim equivalent of apple pie and motherhood here in America.
But especially, none from the West or the UN, although it might rate an off the cuff 'condemnation' or two. If that much.
On the other hand, should Israel decide to defend itself against a very real and imminent threat of genocide, rest assured the condemnations will come thick, hard and fast.
Chew on this for a moment. Here we have the leader of a country on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons openly making genocidal threats against another country, and the best that the world seems to offer is a shake of the head and a few anemic 'sanctions' that aren't being honored for the most part anyway, per the wishes of President Obama and our State Department. And the only reason even that much is happening is over concern about the ayatollahs mucking up the oil delivery from the Persian Gulf.
Walk with me for a moment. Let's say the country being threatened on a routine basis wasn't Israel. Let's say it was Britain. Or Mexico. Or France. Do you think the world's reaction might be different?
You know it would.
But when it comes to Israel, a significant part of the 'international community' has apparently decided that this kind of language and the development of nuclear weapons to back it up are nothing much to be overly concerned about, and after all, Israel's problem.
This is also nothing new. Throughout the 1930's, Hitler and his minions issued openly the most blood curdling speeches about what they were going to do to the Jews, and the world largely just yawned and considered it business as usual then too.
A great many people thought then that Hitler was the Jew's problem, not theirs and hey, maybe the Nazis have a point about those Yids being too uppity and in control of things. A number of people say the same things now and like Ahmadinejad, these people frequently just substitute 'Zionists' for Jews. And it's gone mainstream. It's by no means a fringe element these days, and the only thing that varies is the way it's costumed and made palatable.
The funny thing is, once Hitler 'dealt with the Jewish problem', he decidedit was a good idea to expand his focus a bit, and all of a sudden it wasn't just the Jews' problem anymore.
Rest assured, if Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs obtain nuclear weapons, they will attempt to deal with their 'Zionist' problem in exactly the way Ahmadinejad proposes. And if they're successful, they'll expand their focus too.
Canary, coal mine. Think about it.