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So This Is How the ’30s Felt

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On Monday, President Ahmadinejad of Iran said, among other things:

“They have no boundaries, limits, or taboos when it comes to killing human beings. Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians. Next to them, all the criminals of the world seem righteous.”

“I hereby declare: The world must know that America and England are accomplices to each and every one of the crimes of the regime that has occupied Jerusalem. They must be held accountable.”

“Today, the Iranian people is the owner of nuclear technology. Those who want to talk with our people should know what people they are talking to. If some believe they can keep talking to the Iranian people in the language of threats and aggressiveness, they should know that they are making a bitter mistake. If they have not realized this by now, they soon will, but then it will be too late. Then they will realize that they are facing a vigilant, proud people.”

On Tuesday, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khamenei said, among other things:

“Bush and his American cohorts share the same degree of guilt in the disasters brought upon Lebanon as the evil and wicked Zionist regime.Yesterday, President Ahmadinejad.

The aggressive behavior of American and Israel will revitalize more than ever the spirit of resistance in the Islamic world and will make clearer the value of Jihad.

“The Islamic world and the Muslim youth in all Islamic nations should also realize that the only way to stand against the savage Wolf of Zionism and the aggressions of the Great Satan is by dedicated resistance.

Yesterday, Ahmadinejad was in Malaysia, and said the following:

“Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented…[Israel] is an illegitimate regime, there is no legal basis for its existence.”

Commentators urging cut-and-run in Iraq have to tell us what the impact of such a retreat on the Islamic extremists in Iran.  They have to tell us what they woulkd do about the nuclear ambitions of these people, and of their obvious desire to destroy Israel and wage war on the west.  They have to tell us how Democratic majorities in either the House or the Senate, committed as they are to rapid retreat from Iraq, would not empower Iran in its war on Israel and the West.

(For an example of the paralysis confrontation with these facts produces in long time, strong supporter of Israel as well as committed partisan Democrat, find the transcript of my interview with The New Republic’s editor-in-chief Martin Peretz when it is posted later tongiht.)

At least Hitler pretended to be appeasable.  There is nothing of that farce that seduced Baldwin and Chamberlain in the raw hatred, clear speech and unlimited ambitions of the Islamist leaders of Iran and their proxies in Hezbollah.

Powerline’s Scott Johnson has been trying to bring attention to this rhetoric, but other than the random AP story and op-ed, is there any sustained, front-page reporting anywhere on the ideology that is fueling this movement?  If so, I’d be happy to highlight it and praise that paper or network.


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