/ Aug 06, 2006
At what point do Americans and the rest of the world begin to take Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seriously? He is making no secret of his plans to acquire and use nuclear weapons against Israel, England and America.
As any student in Psychology 101 learns, there is something called “projection” in which an individual “projects” onto another person their own intentions, motivations, and justifications. If I say you are planning to harm me, there’s a strong chance the truth is that I am planning to harm you.
On August 1, he was addressing a rally that was carried on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN) and his speech was translated by the Middle East Media Research Center for anyone to read. http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD122906
Ahmadinejad was denouncing Israel’s efforts to defend itself against the rain of Iranian-supplied rockets and missiles, and of course, it was their own fault they were under attack. The crowd was chanting “Death to Israel.” He proceeded to give his own history lesson to the crowd, but since he does not believe the Holocaust ever happened along with some other extraordinarily paranoid notions, his version is a bit skewed. “They are a bunch of Zionists. Where have they come from? As you know, the rule of hegemony and the web of colonialism strived to establish a base in the heart of the Middle East.”
“A hundred years ago, they began to devise conspiracies on the basis of a diabolical plan. Bit by bit they (Jews) arrived (in what was then the British protectorate of Palestine) and backed by the devious, deceiving England, they sneaked people in, and placed them in control over the people of Palestine.”
The real history could fill a book, but suffice it to say that a very small group of European Jews, despairing of ever being accepted in their home countries, rife with anti-Semitism, concluded that Jews should immigrate to Palestine with a view to reestablishing the nation of Israel. The idea began with the publication, in 1896, of Theodor Hertzl’s “The Jewish State.”
The first Zionist Congress was held in 1897 in Basle, Switzerland. It was never a popular idea, which accounts for why, years later, the Nazis were able to round up and kill six million European Jews. Those who had immigrated bought land from Arabs who largely considered it worthless. It was a desert.
After the Holocaust, those Jews who survived concluded that living in Europe was no longer viable and, encouraged by Zionist organizations, they immigrated to Palestine. Did Zionists want to recreate Israel? Yes, of course. It was to be a Jewish nation where Jews would be safe from those who wanted to kill them. They had, however, merely traded one set of murderers for another. When independence was declared in 1948, Israel was immediately attacked by five Arab nations.
According to Ahmadinejad, “They claimed that these are people whose forefathers had lived in this land 2,500 years ago, and that they should therefore be the rulers of this land.” The word “claimed” gives away his view that Jews had no claim on the area. On the other hand, during the Crusades, both Christians and Muslims had fought over the same land while making their own claims to it.
Ahmadinejad’s interpretation, however, is that “They (the Jews) established a regime, aimed at threatening, trespassing, murdering, and pillaging.” To put it another way, Israel’s 2% of the Middle East population, living on 1% of its landmass, exists to do terrible things to the 98% of Arabs and Persians living on 99% of it. You have to be really nuts to believe stuff like this.
By this time, the crowd was chanting “Death to America.”
“Everyone knows that this regime (Israel) can do nothing without the orders and backing of America and its intimate friend, England. That’s why we have declared these two regimes are responsible for all the crimes of the insubordinate Zionist regime.”
We are now in the Twilight Zone of Muslim madness.
“Today, Hezbollah in Lebanon is the standard-bearer of the resistance of all the monotheistic peoples, of the seekers of justice, and of the free people.” Pardon me, but didn’t Judaism introduce the concept of monotheism while folks in the Middle East were worshipping moon gods and a host of others? And isn’t Hezbollah the wholly owned subsidiary of Iran?
Kenneth R. Timmerman is president of Middle East Data Project Inc. and author of “Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran”. On August 2nd, writing in The Washington Times, Timmerman compared the actions of Hezbollah in Lebanon to the 1936 Spanish Civil War. “Just as Adolf Hitler used Francisco Franco as his proxy in Spain to test new military techniques and equipment on the battlefield, so Iran is using Hezbollah as its proxy to do the same.” This is a particularly apt and ominous analogy.
Now here is where “projection” is most evident as Ahmadinejad told the crowd, “I declare…that in light of America and England’s behavior, it has become clear that they don’t have what it takes to participate in international forums. They don’t have what it takes to sit in the Security Council, and to have a right of veto. They themselves are guilty and criminal, and they must be placed on trial.
“When I see the behavior of America, England, and their other accomplices in recent days, I get the impression that they are preparing even greater crimes. I warn them: Know that the fire of the wrath of the peoples is about to erupt and overflow.
“Today, the Iranian people is the owner of nuclear technology. Those who want to talk with our people should know what people they are talking to. If some believe they can keep talking to the Iranian people in the language of threats and aggressiveness, they should know that they are making a bitter mistake.
“If they have not realized this by now, they soon will, but then it will be too late.”
This is the language of a man preparing to use nuclear weapons against Israel, England and America. Waiting for him to do it is not an option.
Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, “Warning Signs”, posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center, www.anxietycenter.com. In September, Merril Press will publish his book, “Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy.”
© Alan Caruba, 2006
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