Thursday, October 27, 2005

Iranian president wants Israel eliminated

And do you you think Iran wonders why we have such a problem with them after they make stupid comments like this?

LONDON (AP)-[of the wire, no link, similar story here]-Britain's Foreign Office said Wednesday it planned to protest "sickening" comments made by the president of Iran calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

State-run media reported that Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a speech to students Wednesday that a new wave of Palestinian attacks would destroy the Jewish state.

A British Foreign Office spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy, said the deadly suicide bombing that killed at least five people in Israel Wednesday illustrated the "horrible reality" of the violence being praised by Ahmadinejad.

In a swipe at some Arab states, Ahmadinejad also denounced attempts to recognize Israel or normalize relations with it.

"There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world," Ahmadinejad told students during a Tehran conference called "The World without Zionism."

"Ahmadinejad's comments are deeply disturbing and sickening," the Foreign Office spokesman said.

"Saying Iran wants to wipe Israel from the map will only heighten concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions. We will be protesting to the Iranian charge d'affaires tomorrow," he said.

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A similar protest came across the wire by Spain's Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos. This is yet another reason why a stable, Democratic Iraq can help sway the tide of hatred for Israel in the Middle East, because I can't believe a majority of Muslims feel this way.

At least I hope not.

And I like how the only US news agency to report this are the Financial Times. Every other story is from an international agency.