Friday, October 28, 2005

And These Guys Want Nukes?

After Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spewed forth his tirade against Israel, the reaction from the rest of the world was swift and predictable. That is to say it was swift and tepid. Sure, a few countries called their Iranian ambassadors in for an explanation, and Iran's embassy in Moscow tried to spin Ahmadinejad's words, saying"Mr. Ahmadinejad did not have any intention to speak in sharp terms and engage in a conflict". Well, when one states unequivocally that "Israel must be wiped off the map", it's reasonable to believe that he did indeed intend to engage in conflict.

Now remember, this is not some press release from Al Quaeda or Islamic Jihad. This isn't the Islamic lunatic fringe, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of Iranians rallying in the streets of Iran echoing Ahmadinejad's sentiments.
This is a public policy statement from the president of a country with a seat in the United Nations.

Iran needs to be suspended from the United Nations, and all countries with diplomatic relations with Iran must recall their ambassadors and expel all Iranian embassy staff in their countries. Iran needs to be completely isolated from the community of nations.

Let's not forget that Iran is close to becoming a nuclear power.

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