Monday, February 05, 2007
Wiping Israel off the map??
Frequently we hear that Iran is a dangerous threat becasue the president has threatened to wipe Israel off the map.
John Pilger’s article in Saturday’s Morning Star reminded us of what President Ahmadinejad of Iran actually said:
“A close examination of his notorious remark about Israel revels how it has been distorted.
“According to Juan Cole, US professor of modern Middle East and South Asian history at the University of Michigan, and other Farsi language analysts, Ahmadinejad did not call for Israel to be “wiped of the map”. He said “the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”
“This, says Cole, “does not imply military action or killing anyone at all”. Ahmadinejad compared the demise of the Israeli regime to the dissolution of the Soviet Union”.
Indeed. The USSR, DDR, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and even Czechoslovakia have all vanished from the page of time.