Iran's vow: death to Israel

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.

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jthartke wrote on September 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I'm glad this editorial makes it clear that it is the leaders who say such things. When you say "Iran" one must always make it clear that it is the non-democratic radical religious leadership of Iran, not the populace in general. The vast majority of Iranian people want peace and cooperation with the west.

Thank goodness we don't have such a government here.

EL YATIRI wrote on September 28, 2012 at 10:09 am
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What the editorial doesn't make clear is that all of Israel is not calling for war. Among those opposing preemptive strike against Iran is Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Prime Minister Simon Peres.  There is broad public pushback against a preemptive strike by Israel (a country with plenty of nuclear warheads and missles which refuses inspections and the nuclear nonproliferation treaty).

This editorial is all about politics.  Our government has not been "standing by on the sidelines".  To the contrary diplomatic, economic, and other sanctions have been crippling Iran's economy.

The right wing hawkish government of Netanyahu and our teatards seem to be the only ones clamoring for pre-emptive war.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thank you, EL YATIRI.  Well said comment.