Friday, October 28, 2005

Iran's "clarification" is not accepted 

Even Russia, Iran's friend and ally, has rolled over on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign to destroy Israel. The Iranian diplomatic corps is trying to repair the damage, but President Ahmadinejad will have nothing of it:
On Friday the Iranian Embassy in Moscow tried to soften the impact of Ahmadinejad's comment.

"Mr. Ahmadinejad did not have any intention to speak in sharp terms and engage in a conflict," the embassy said in a statement following the international criticism.

It added that Ahmadinejad "underlined the key position of Iran, based on the necessity to hold free elections on the occupied territories."

The embassy statement came after Russia, a key Iranian ally, joined criticism of Ahmadinejad's statement and summoned the Iranian ambassador to ask for an explanation.

Ahmadinejad joined thousands of Iranians in one of several rallies in Tehran. State-run television showed Ahmadinejad surrounded by demonstrators, many holding banners with anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian slogans. "Death to Israel, death to America," read many of the placards.

Rallies also took place in other cities such as Mashad in Iran's east.

The state-organized demonstrations are part of the annual al-Quds Day — or Jerusalem Day — protests, which were first held in 1979 after Shiite Muslim clerics took power in Iran. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have attended previous rallies.

Words have meanings, and Iran is proposing war against Israel. Coming as this does from a head of state, Israel would be entirely within its rights under law and morality to attack Iran.

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By Blogger Catchy Pseudonym, at Fri Oct 28, 11:39:00 AM:

I personally would have used the "Oops, did I say that outloud" defense maybe the "I meant 'wiped off the map' in the nicest of ways." or even the "I kid, I kid. Geesh, lighten up Isreal."  

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