Now Ahmadinejad has helpfully come out with another statement at an Arab Conference of Iraqi Neighbors:
All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand
And just in case anyone might misunderstand what he really meant, Ahmadinejad did not talk about wiping regimes off of maps. This time, in the interests of clarity, he talked about...body hair:
"All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand," Ahmadinejad told an Arab Conference of Iraqi Neighbors meeting on Saturday. For the first time, he employed the Arabic word ezaleh, which is used to describe the irreversible removal of body hairs.Almost sounds like something out of Monty Python.
If this guy wasn't so close to having his hands on nuclear weapons, it would be laughable.
Of course, since Ahmadinejad is only talking about removing the regime, not the country, there will be the same wiggle room as the last time--that he is talking about regime change, not country annihilation. Last time, the Times concluded:
So did Iran's president call for Israel to be wiped off the map? It certainly seems so. Did that amount to a call for war? That remains an open question.This time around, Ahmadinejad is threatening more than just regime change:
The waves of fury of Muslim nations will not be confined within the boundaries of the region, and the people who close their ears to the cries of the Palestinians andSounds like he's threatening jihad.
blindly support this regime will be responsible for the consequences... I tell them to dissociate themselves or face the terrible consequences."
Welcome to the new millennium.