Thursday, October 27, 2005
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.
Posted by Miriam at 7:32 PM