February 12, 2007
On Denying The Holocaust, While Desiring Another One: Iran's Obsession with the JewsTopics: Iran
This excerpt from Matthias Küntzel's must read at The Weekly Standard is but a sample of his warning of an alarming problem that the world seems to be willing to simply ignore:
[..] Just as Hitler sought to "liberate" humanity by murdering the Jews, so Ahmadinejad believes he can "liberate" humanity by eradicating Israel. The deniers' conference as an instrument for propagating this project is intimately linked to the nuclear program as an instrument for realizing it. Five years ago, in December 2001, former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani first boasted that "the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything," whereas the damage to the Islamic world of a potential retaliatory nuclear attack could be limited: "It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality." While the Islamic world could sacrifice hundreds of thousands of "martyrs" in an Israeli retaliatory strike without disappearing--so goes Rafsanjani's argument--Israel would be history after the first bomb.Read it all here.
It is precisely this suicidal outlook that distinguishes the Iranian nuclear weapons program from those of all other countries and makes it uniquely dangerous. As long ago as 1980, Khomeini put it this way: "We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."
What the West seems incapable of realizing is that Khomeini's view is shared by most if not all Islamists, be they Sunni or Shi'ite.
Posted by Abdul at February 12, 2007 8:31 AM
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