Teheran - Teheran Thursday played down anti-Israeli remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said Iran was after a political settlement of the Middle East crisis.Indeed, where is the surpise? The leader of Iran only said that Israel should be wiped off the map. In actuality, I believe this was merely an episode of refreshing honesty from the Iranians; a glimpse at what sentiments truly lie under their collective burkkas. After all, the fact that the whole Arab world would like nothing better than to turn Israel into a parking lot is certainly nothing new. They may as well just come out and admit it. No surprises there. President Ahmadinejad is a scumbag. But at least he's an honest (though currently backpedaling) scumbag.
'The remarks by the president were not reflected (in the Western press) correctly - especially the president's remarks on a political solution to the dilemma were not mentioned,' Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said in first official reaction.
Mottaki said that Ahmadinejad had merely quoted what the late leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said more than 26 years ago. The reactions in Europe were 'surprising'.
And right now Israel is asking that Iran be banned from the U.N.; but let's get serious. There are a lot of anti-semitic scumbags in the U.N. that probably agree with Iran's position; they're just a lot more underhanded about it. When you come to think of it, Israel asking the U.N. to expel Iran for spewing inflammatory anti-semitic rhetoric is akin to asking the neo-nazis to expel the Ku Klux Klan from Mississippi for burning crosses. Ain't gonna happen. Israel, along with the United States, are (undeservedly) two of the most reviled nations on planet earth. It's about time that we come to recognize it, and come to grips with who we're really dealing with.