Is the man delusional, suicidal, or a shrewd poker player?
The Iranian president Ahmadinejad sounds like he is shooting from the hip with no concern for proper diplomacy or regard for the consequences of his seemingly inflammatory statements. His declaration that the Zionist Entity, meaning Israel, should be wiped off the face of the map, and later, his suggestion that if the Europeans truly believe the accounts of the Holocaust, they should accommodate the persecuted European Jews by providing them with a homeland back in Europe where they belong, have caused tremendous controversies.
Even if we assume
that his remarks in Farsi language have been deliberately distorted in
translation to exaggerate their negative impact - a typical news media tendency
- such rhetoric is unbecoming of a head of state or anyone who represents the
official position of a government and a member of the United Nations. As we saw,
the United Nations Security Council condemned his statements in strongest terms,
and the German government is under pressure to consider breaking diplomatic ties
Well; shame on Mr. Ahmadinejad to have callously vocalized what he and many others feel about the Jewish state but refrain from voicing such opinions from an official state podium.
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Does Mr. Ahmadinejad really believe that wiping the "Zionist Entity" off the map or relocating it somewhere away from the Islamic lands is possible? His later comments on the sidelines of an Islamic conference in Mecca suggest that the European countries should have compensated for the genocide and suffering of the European Jews during the Holocaust by providing them with some homeland right there in Europe where they belonged, rather than dumping them in Palestinian and Arab lands.
He reiterated his comments about the Holocaust more recently by calling it a myth. What's the matter with the guy; doesn't he realize what hornets' nest he is poking his finger into?
But now, after almost six decades, refusing to accept the existence of the state of Israel as a sovereign nation, and wishing that it could be moved away to Europe or America, is as meaningful as wishing away the Alborz Range from the north of Tehran. So, why did Mr. Ahmadinejad make such meaningless statements?
One explanation could be that he is under the same messianic delusions that have inflicted President George W. Bush, delusions that lead one to believe that one's divinely inspired wishes, no matter how unrealistic, will surely be fulfilled.
perhaps, President Ahmadinejad is simply retaliating for all the nasty treatment
also possible that he is a master poker player trying to provoke his regional
nemesis to open its hand. Here, he is again copying his counterpart in Bush when
the American president valiantly challenged the Iraqi insurgents to "Bring it
on". While the Arab neighbors are shaking in their boots and have already voiced
their alarm over the Iranian president's cavalier remarks about
it be he realizes how important
Whatever Ahmadinejad's motives, one thing is for sure: the likelihood of
are plausible ways of dealing with
In the international arena, and specifically with regards to the relations with the United States, crying foul and complaining about Israel's stranglehold over the American foreign policy in the Middle East, no matter how true, will not produce positive results for Iran or any other Islamic state in that region. So, if Israel and its influence in Washington cannot be simply wished away, sanity dictates that other means be adopted to go around, rather than through, the immovable obstacle to get to other side.
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