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

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 06:09:13 EST

What is being said here is that the 'regime' must vanish. Mandela would
have said similar things about the Apartheid regime. Wanting a regime to
end is not the same as planning to kill millions of people with atomic


From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Martin Kragh
Sent: 22 January 2007 20:13
Subject: [OPE-L] SV: [OPE-L] What Ahmadinejad actually said - lost in

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

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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