Saturday, February 11, 2006
Iran says Israel to Blame for Danish Mohammed Cartoons, will be Removed
Ahmadinejad was back in the press today after a fiery speech to hundreds of thousands of Iranians marking the 27th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in a state organized event Saturday. He said that Israel was behind the Danish Mohammed Cartoons, and that soon Israel would be removed from the region.
"I ask everybody in the world not to let a group of Zionists who failed in Palestine (referring to the recent Hamas victory in Palestinian elections) to insult the prophet. Now in the West insulting the prophet is allowed, but questioning the Holocaust is considered a crime," he said. "We ask, why do you insult the prophet? The response is that it is a matter of freedom, while in fact they (who insult the founder of Islam) are hostages of the Zionists. And the people of the US and Europe should pay a heavy price for becoming hostages to Zionists," he declared.
He went on to speak about Muslim retribution, saying Palestinians and “other nations” will remove Israel from the region, and urging Europe and the US to remove Israel themselves before the Islamic world punishes the Western world for leaving Israel in the region.
"We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them," Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations," the ultra-conservative president said.
Further, he talked about the need for investigations into the Holocaust, a favorite stomping ground for Ahmadinejad.
"How comes that insulting the prophet of Muslims worldwide is justified within the framework of press freedom, but investigating about the fairy tale Holocaust is not? The real Holocaust is what is happening in Palestine where the Zionists avail themselves of the fairy tale of Holocaust as blackmail and justification for killing children and women and making innocent people homeless," Ahmadinejad said.
And, in case this wasn’t enough to keep us up nights, he addressed the country’s nuclear program. Natanz, the nuclear enrichment facility reopened in January, is pictured here. Ahmadinejad said that it is Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy, and threatened to revise its acceptance of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty if Western countries try to interfere with Iran’s development of nuclear power.
"So far, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been after nuclear research based on the NPT and within the rules of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), but if you want to violate the Iranians' right with the same regulations, you should know that the Iranians would revise their policies," Ahmadinejad told the cheering Iranians assembled in a square in Tehran to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
All this was said to a chorus of our favorite changes “Death to America”, “Death to Israel”, “Death to Denmark” and “Nuclear energy is our undisputable right”. While even Islamic leaders around the world attempt to quell the passion of protests occurring throughout the world, Ahmadinejad is trying again to whip up as much heat as possible. Don’t look now, world, but whether or not the president has seen it, the United States has a new public enemy #1, and his name is Ahmadinejad.
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