[OPE-L] SV: [OPE-L] What Ahmadinejad actually said - lost in translation...

From: Martin Kragh (Martin.Kragh@HHS.SE)
Date: Mon Jan 22 2007 - 15:12:37 EST

[OPE-L] What Ahmadinejad actually said - lost in translation...

"Ahmadinejad did not say
that at all, in Farsi. What he said was "The Imam said this regime occupying
Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time. This statement is very wise"

I'm sorry if I have missed something here, but how is this statement that much different from the statement circulated in Western media - except for the alleged overdrive? He quotes the Imam saying that Israel must "vanish" and he thinks that "this statement is very wise". It sounds to me pretty much as if he is saying that Israel should not exist at all, which is really the point in his speech that caused all this havoc in the first place.

What one should do however, is to try to put this quote into its political and historical context, and we could perhaps also compare it to "wartime rhetorics" by G.W. Bush (war on terrorism) of V. Putin (chechnyen terrorists), and not least Israeli politicians, who can be equally naughty. I think then that what is really frightening is how on all sides of the globe we have a development into a more populist and nationalist political framework.

Kind regards,


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