Derrick O’Keefe is quick to come to the defence of the Iranian regime run by the virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [“Derrick O’Keefe: Stephen Harper’s rhetoric on Iran should frighten us all”, web-only].
Contrary to O’Keefe’s assertions, Ahmadinejad’s own words and deeds show that this pariah country genuinely seeks Israel’s destruction. These “hostile attitudes” were on full display this past April, when Ahmadinejad addressed a large crowd in the Iranian city of Sanandaj, calling for the establishment of a “greater Middle East…without the existence of the Zionist regime” (Israel). At an October 2010 rally in Lebanon, he said: “The whole world should know that the Zionists will eventually disappear.”
In an April 2009 address, he claimed that Israel is on the “verge of death”, and on May 8, 2008, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying that Israel is “on its way to annihilation”.
That day, for your information, marked the birth of Israel and its Independence Day. Also, in 2007 the Fars news agency quoted him as saying: “By God’s will, we will witness the destruction of this regime [Israel] in the near future.”
I could list close to a dozen other examples, but I’ll conclude with perhaps the most recognized of Ahmadinejad’s tirades. In an October 2005 address to 4,000 students at a program titled “The World Without Zionism”, Ahmadinejad said that Israel is “a disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the map”.
Iran’s destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for terrorist groups, deplorable human-rights record, repeated anti-Israel tirades, and Holocaust denials have made this country an outcast in the international community.
> Mike Fegelman / executive director, Honest Reporting Canada