Mark Steyn has this great column in the Chicago Sun-Times, discussing the recent call by the president of Iran to move Israel to Europe, since that's where the Holocaust "supposedly" happenend:
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces," Ahmadinejad told Iranian TV viewers. "Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true," he added sportingly, "if European countries claim that they have killed Jews in World War II, why don't they provide the Zionist regime with a piece of Europe? Germany and Austria can provide the regime with two or three provinces for this regime to establish itself, and the issue will be resolved. You offer part of Europe, and we will support it."
Big of you. It's the perfect solution to the "Middle East peace process": out of sight, out of mind. And given that Ahmadinejad's out of his mind, we're already halfway there.
So let's see: We have a Holocaust denier who wants to relocate an entire nation to another continent, and he happens to be head of the world's newest nuclear state. (They're not 100 percent fully-fledged operational, but happily for them they can drag out the pseudo-negotiations with the European Union until they are. And Washington certainly won't do anything, because after all if we're not 100 percent certain they've got WMD -- which we won't be until there's a big smoking crater live on CNN one afternoon -- it would be just another Bushitlerburton lie to get us into another war for oil, right?)
So how does the United States react? Well, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the comments of Ahmadinejad "further underscore our concerns about the regime."
Really? But wait, the world's superpower wasn't done yet. The State Department moved to a two-adjective alert and described Ahmadinejad's remarks as "appalling" and "reprehensible." "They certainly don't inspire hope among any of us in the international community that the government of Iran is prepared to engage as a responsible member of that community," said spokesman Adam Ereli.
You don't say. Ahmadinejad was speaking in the holy city of Mecca, head office of the "religion of peace," during a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. There were fiftysomething other heads of government in town. How many do you think took their Iranian colleague to task?
Well, what's new? But, that being so, it would be heartening if the rest of the world could muster a serious response to the guy. How one pines for a plain-spoken tell-it-like-it-is fellow like, say, former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali? As he memorably said of Iran, "It's a totalitarian regime." Oh, no, wait. He said that about the United States. On Iran, he's as impeccably circumspect and discreet as the State Department.
In addition to reading the entire column, be sure to check out the following... The Iranian government is "disappointed" that Kofi Annan hasn't sought to implement the Iranian President's "solution" to the Middle East peace process. From the Islamic Republic News Agency:
An Iranian paper on Monday harshly criticized the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for not endorsing Iranian president's solution for the occupied Palestinian problem.Wait, I thought the Muslim's are not a monolithic culture??? Apparently Ahmadinejad thinks it is... at least with regards to the issue of Israel's existence.
'Kayhan International' said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's press conference in Holy Mecca was hailed by the world's 1.5 billion plus Muslim people.
Ahmadinejad, on the sidelines of the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on December 8, had called for relocation of the Zionists to their homeland Europe.
"The Iranian president's remarks on Occupied Palestine and the illegitimacy of the Zionist entity that was planted in the heart of the Islamic world by western powers on the flimsy pretext of the supposed holocaust against European Jews during World War II, has without the least doubt breathed fresh air into the struggle for liberation of Islam's former qibla, Beit Ul-Moqaddas," argued the editorial.
However, Annan's "sickening statement" about President Ahmadinejad's remarks was a source of surprise, it added.
"Instead of behaving as the respectable head of the World Body by endorsing the Iranian president's solution, the UN head chose to sacrifice the honor and dignity of Black Africa at the altar of white supremacists by supporting the myth of the holocaust," it regretted.
The article further urged Annan to read history instead of losing himself in the make-belief world of Zionist fables.
Hoping that Washington is wise enough to pick up the offer, the paper suggested that the Americans and the Europeans "can help undo the injustice of the recent past against the Palestinians by organizing a massive airlift of all Zionists to somewhere in the vast stretches of North America, where they can have the state and government of their choice."
Ahmadinejad also emphasized on Iran's just proposal for referendum throughout Palestine for determining the form of government in that occupied land with participation of all those stateless Palestinians living in neighboring countries as refugees for over half-century, the paper noted.
Terming the president's suggestion as the "only peaceful solution to the Middle East's chronic crisis," it stressed, "Muslim states will certainly lend their efforts for the peaceful transportation of all Zionists from the sacred soil of Palestine to the New World." It concluded by saying that the Muslim Ummah firmly believes in cleansing Palestinian soil from the filth of Zionism.
Now sure, we know Ahmadadflajflad is a nutjob, but the biggest problem is that HE DOESN'T know he's a nutjob.
Now, since Ahmadaedjljad doesn't have nukes just yet, we're able to laugh at these rantings... right now, he's requesting that Annan accept this as the solution for peace in the Middle East. Does anyone really think that he'd even ASK for the UN to get involved if he had nukes at his disposal?
We cannot allow this to continue... We have got to push the Iranian people to bring down this deranged regime. If they won't, we must.
ARC: St Wendeler