Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ahmadinejad: "Israel Is A Filthy Bacteria"

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today called Israel a a `filthy bacteria' the latest in a number of genocidal statements from the Iranian regime on the subject.

"The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast," the Iranian president said today in a speech in southern Iran.

This closely follows remarks by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Muhammad Ali Jafari, calling Israel `a cancerous growth that will soon disappear' and a letter by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi to Hezbollah's Shiek Nasrallah that the war against Israel would continue "until the complete destruction of the Zionist regime and liberation of the entire Islamic land of Palestine."

This kind of genocidal rhetoric is hardly new for the Iranians, but the frequency and audacity has ramped up since the American NIE on Iran, which signalled to the mullahs that they likely need not fear an American attack.

I would also point out that these kind of threats were SOP for the Nazis before WWII and the Holocaust.An important part of running a successful genocide is dehumanizing your prospective victims. After all, don't we eradicate harmful bacteria?

Although genocidal threats like this are strictly forbidden between member nations by the UN Charter and by the Geneva Convention both countries signed, it is a sign of how little the UN matters these days that Israel is not even bothering to waste time asking for the UN Security Council to condemn or sanction Iran for these violations.

Instead,they've merely written a letter of protest to Security Council President Ricardo Alberto Arias, calling for the international community to condemn "these outrageous anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and racist threats, which undoubtedly constitute direct and public incitement to commit genocide."

Given the composition of the Security Council, I'm sure the letter will receive the appropriate notice and be duly noted and filed....

I wouldn't even have wasted the time and energy to write such a letter.

As for the Israelis, they had better figure out very soon exactly how they're going to handle this. The time grows short.

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