Thursday, October 27, 2005

Iran puts its cards on the table and the West gets into a tizzy

Whilst the world condemns the Iranian president for saying that he wants to "wipe Israel off the map," I'd like to congratulate him. Not for the repulsive sentiments -- but for (perhaps inadvertently) putting his cards on the table, and forcing the West to do the same. For too long, Iran has managed to pose as a 'moderate' country and get away with it -- and Western countries have enacted a 'don't ask, don't tell' / 'turn a blind eye' policy. As long as Iran's extremism and its aggressive intentions towards Israel were behind the scenes -- funding of Hizbullah, the Karine A, etc. -- the West didn't care. Suddenly when Iran openly states what it has always been, the West is forced to take a public stand. In that sense, whilst I applaud the British, French etc. strong reactions against Ahmadinejad's words, they are incredibly hypocritical. Where were they all these years when Iran was acting -- not just talking??? So yes, I hope Iran continues talking this way -- so that no one can claim any illusions as to what they actually stand for.

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