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From the Jerusalem Post:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday promised a “rejoicing” for Muslims in the Middle East “soon,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Speaking to university officials in the town of Mashhad, Ahmadinejad said the “volcano of rage” at the “arrogant powers” was “on the verge of eruption.”

Referring to escalating violence in Lebanon and northern Israel, he was quoted as saying, “The Zionists themselves have realized that they have launched a risky move and are aware that the flame of the fury of the regional states will set them ablaze.”

He’s either a liar, a lunatic, or a fanatic with the means to at least attempt what he says will happen.

Gambling that he is not the latter means gambling with Jews, a practice the civilized world was thought to have put away in shame more than sixty years ago..

Not really a candidate for “containment,” now, is he?

From Alone:

 

Hitler, Baldwin’s audiences were reassured, was not the menace he had been made out:  “There may be Governments deliberately planning the future, leading reluctant or unsuspecting people into the shambles….I confess in my own political experience I have not encountered Governments possessed of all these malevolent qualities.  Most Governments seem not much better or worse than the people they govern.”  To those like Leo Amery, who privately predicted that appeasement might encourage dictators, Chamberlain, speaking for the prime minister, heatedly replied that this was a “mischievous distortion.”  The choice, he said, was “whether we shall make one last effort at Geneva for peace and security” or submit in a “cowardly surrender” to warmongerism, which would hold them up to “the shame of our children and our children’s children.” It was Chamberlain’s strength that he never doubted that events would vindicate him; it was his fate that they would condemn him.  Baldwin was the same, and the tragedy for both was that they lived long nough to know it. 

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