Iran is deadly serious about its plans for Israel.
It's nothing new when leaders of Iran announce both their intention and desire to wipe Israel off the map of the Middle East. Various Iranian leaders make statements to that effect every few weeks.
But it's especially noteworthy, and needs to be taken seriously, when the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, uses the platform of the United Nations in New York City to declare that Israel will be "eliminated."
Speakers appearing at the United Nations, an organization formed to foster peace and reconciliation throughout the world, are warned in advance to avoid incendiary rhetoric. But this week, Ahmadinejad used the U.N.'s annual meeting that draws leaders from all over the world to restate what can only be described as his country's intention to annihilate the people of Israel.
Give him credit for candor, if nothing else, and Ahmadinejad's audience should take note because it's clear that these statements are much more than saber rattling.
It's no secret that Iran has been moving as fast as possible to build a nuclear program aimed at developing the kind of weapons that can destroy Israel. That, in turn, has prompted Israel and the United States to do all they can to delay and derail the project.
But Israel fears it's running out of time and its leaders have raised the possibility of launching a preemptive attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, a threat that has led Iran to suggest that it may launch a preemptive attack on Israel.
The U.S. has tried to stand by on the sidelines, with President Obama vowing not to allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons while Ahmadinejad has said he'll hold the U.S. responsible if Israel attacks.
Suffice it to say, the situation is extremely dangerous and it's hard to imagine that, no matter who starts it, some sort of military conflict will not erupt in the coming months. Once it starts, if it starts, it's impossible to say how it will end. But Ahmadinejad went out of his way this week to let the world know how he wants it to end — with the destruction of Israel.