Monday, January 02, 2006

Iranian President says creation of Israel the "continuation of genocide."

After saying he wanted to "wipe Israel off the map," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad followed up with a blatant disregard for the historical record and insisted that the Holocaust was a myth. Auchwitz, Buchwald, etc., never really happened. So perhaps you'll forgive my confusion over his comments today:

::::::::Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's hard-line president who has said the Holocaust was a myth, now has charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries.

"Don't you think that continuation of genocide by expelling Jews from Europe was one of their aims in creating a regime of occupiers of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)?" the official Islamic Republic News agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying Sunday. "Isn't that an important question?"

Ahmadinejad said Europeans had decided to create a "Jewish camp" as the best means for ridding the continent of Jews. He said the camp, Israel, now enjoyed support from the United States and Europe in the slaughter of Muslims.

So, the creation of Israel is a "continuation of genocide." But, if the Holocaust is a myth, what genocide is he talking about? How can one continue something that never happened in the first place?

Not that this is a true concern, however, because he's fully aware of the history of the Nazi actions in WWII. The real question here is what he's thinking by spouting off such ludicrous notions in the first place. He's certainly making no friends in the EU and his stance on America's been clear enough for a while. And such provactive language against Israel appears to be calculated to invite a military response from them.

Perhaps that's the whole point. I think he's fully aware that the Israelis cannot allow him to deploy nukes with missiles capable of torching Tel Aviv. He knows that the Israelis are going to come after him and he's equally aware that, numerical superiority aside, his forces are no match for them. Sure, he might take out a few of the IDF's fighters, but he's going to pay 10 fighters each to get the job done. His only hope of pulling something useful out of it is to ratchet up the anti-Jew rhetoric high enough that the Israeli pre-emptive strike lights off a new 6-day War and, this time, manages to overcome the IDF. I think he's miscalcuating the willingness of Israel's neighbors to go toe-to-toe with the IDF again. After all, many of them still haven't managed to get back the real estate they lost the first time they tried that and no one today's going to have much sympathy for them if they try it again.

Of course, those same neighbors need to be asking the long-term question of what happens next if we assume such a war is successful. Who's the next country with an Iranian crosshair on it?