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Published on December 14, 2005 By TaBoo Tenente In Politics
I'm enjoying a five minute break from late semester work, and I thought I would bring this article to Joeuser's attention for my own enjoyment--the way I enjoy smash-up derbies and World's Strongest Man contests. I mean, there's nothing better than watching one weirdo confront another weirdo, is there? Or even better, how can you not enjoy the commentary--a weirdo doing his best to rationalize how one weirdo is confronting another?

Here's a little article I found: one reactionary "axis of evil" man pontificates in his reactionary way. My enjoyment stems mostly from imagining how certain American reactionaries will react when (if) they realize that one of their pet enemies is speaking one tenet of a favorite bit of gospel:

Iran's Ahmadinejad Says Holocaust a Myth

By Christian Oliver

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Holocaust was a myth, ramping up his rhetoric and triggering a fresh wave of international condemnation.

Last week Ahmadinejad first aired his doubts on the veracity of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis. His comments drew a rebuke from the U.N. Security Council.

"They have fabricated a legend under the name 'Massacre of the Jews', and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves," he told a crowd in the southeastern city of Zahedan on Wednesday.

The speech was broadcast live on state television.

European countries called the remarks unacceptable and said they could undermine plans for talks with Tehran on its controversial nuclear program.

The United States condemned the comments as outrageous while Israel said they showed Iran's "rogue regime" was acting outside acceptable international norms.

Ahmadinejad, a former Revolutionary Guardsman who was elected president in June, said in October Israel must be "wiped off the map," provoking a diplomatic storm and stoking fears about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Washington accuses Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is only for generating electricity.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the Holocaust remarks could weigh on European Union efforts to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the comments underscored the importance of the international community working together to "keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons."

"All responsible leaders in the international community recognize how outrageous such comments are," he told reporters.

Ahmadinejad's comments, Israel's foreign ministry said, showed "a warped understanding."

"The combination of extremist ideology, a warped understanding of reality and nuclear weapons is a combination that no-one in the international community can accept," said spokesman Mark Regev.


Iran's hardline press largely rallied round the president's first Holocaust remarks but the Islamic Iran Participation Front, Iran's leading reformist party, printed a critical statement in the liberal Sharq daily on Wednesday.

"Provocation ... and starting this sort of talk, which benefits neither Iranians nor oppressed Palestinians, will only increase consensus on supporting the (Israeli) regime and will unify the approach against Iran," it said.

Commentators have said that Ahmadinejad sees himself as a popular, pan-Islamic leader in the mold of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Tehran-based political analyst Mahmoud Alinejad said the president perhaps feels his speeches were winning Iran diplomatic clout.

"There is a perception, based on past experience that only when Iran threatens and pushes does the West back off," he said.

Ahmadinejad accused the Israeli government and its allies of hypocrisy and reiterated his view that Israel should be moved from "dear Palestine" to Europe, America or Canada.

"If your civilization consists of unjust acts, oppression and poverty for the majority of the globe to provide your own people welfare, then we shout at the top of our voices that we hate your frail civilization," he added.

This was greeted by rapturous cries of "God is the Greatest" from the crowd.

(Additional reporting Matt Spetalnick in Jerusalem, Paul Hughes in Tehran, Sebastian Alison in Brussels and Markus Krah in Berlin)

Copyright © 2005 Reuters Limited

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