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Iran Portrays Decisive Brutality Against Agressors

[H]ours before a meeting in Moscow of senior diplomats from the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany to discuss the issue and less than two weeks before a council deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment . . . President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that Iran would "cut off the hand of any aggressor" [.]
Chop, chop!
"Today, you are among the world's most powerful armies because you rely on God" . . .

"Iran's enemies know your courage, faith and commitment to Islam and the land of Iran has created a powerful army that can powerfully defend the political borders and the integrity of the Iranian nation and cut off the hand of any aggressor and place the sign of disgrace on their forehead" [.]

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Iran's army "has to be constantly ready, equipped and powerful. It has to be equipped with the latest technologies, recognize the enemy and constantly be vigilant."

While threatening possible aggressors, Ahmadinejad said Iran's army would "serve peace and security for mankind especially the region and its neighbors."

The "power of our army will be no threat to any country. Our army carries the message of peace and security . . . It is humble toward friends and a shooting star toward enemies," he said.
This guy really knows how to work a crowd -- not afraid to stand up to bullies, but humble enough to cooperate with friends.


At Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Just a point of inquiry...

So are you pro-Ahmadinejad?

Because I see post after post praising the guy.

I think the man is a smart politician (who has said some disgusting rhetoric), but ultimately, not much more than a figurehead. The Ayatollah is really calling the shots in Iran - even all these years post-1979. And I deplore the way Iran treats women and gays, though don't see that as a reason to invade the nation.

Ultimately, it makes sense for Iran to have a nuclear arsenal, because history has shown that those with nukes are not invaded, and those without nukes are open targets. That said...doesn't make the situation as a whole less distressing...

At Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Pro-Ahmedinejad? I don't care one way or another. I'm American, not Iranian.

Nevertheless, he's razor sharp - a master of oratory. And his positions are far more reasoned than Bush Co.

If I were Iranian, I would probably support him.

As an American, I compare him to Bush and Ahmedinejad is definitely more reasonable. A war against Iran is both unnecessary and insane.

At Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Blogger jayzerz said...

Hey you gotta hand it to the guy - he's got the balls to say what's on a lot people's minds and even if he is in a tight corner he's not being cowed by the rampant aggression of the US government. A lot of other people would have backed already.

One Iranian woman I met, supported him whole-heartedly when he was elected, as opposed to say, George who wasn't really ever elected. Democracy must be in the eye of the beholder - just ask anyone form Hamas.

At Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...


I don't know if a comparison between Bush and Ahmedinejad is fair.

Bush, as compared to the ideals I hold out for American society, is comparatively worse than Ahmedinejad, given I don't live in Iran and hold out the same ideals for Iran that have been so disappointed.

But that said, on an absolute level...I mean Iran is a nation that hung two gay teens a few years ago for being gay. In terms of human rights, even though I think the US is light years away from where it should be, there still is no contest between the US and Iran.

The fact that I can even rationally put the US in the same sentence with Iran is part of why I say on a COMPARATIVE level, Bush is a bigger disappointment than Ahmedinejad. But on an ABSOLUTE level, in terms of DOMESTIC politics, Bush's America is better than Ahmedinejad's Iran. (which really is controlled by the Ayatollah, anyway)

That all said, when examined solely in terms of the foreign policy agenda, I think the US is one of the worst aggressors in the world.

I am ashamed I can even put the "president" in the same sentence with Ahmedinejad. *sighs*

None of this makes Ahmedinejad good man, at least when examining his domestic social policies, where people can and are hanged for being gay and women have a second class status. I realize he has done good things economically for the country, but economics are not everything when the social policy is what Iran's is.

I just want to make sure readers of this blog are aware of the other, non-heroic, side of Iran and Ahmedinejad.

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The words of Ahmedinejad have been misrepresented. Who has said that he stated that Israel should be 'wiped off the map'?

See the post below from the MediaLens Message Board.

Re: Can someone who can read arabic help?
Posted by tariq al mali on April 13, 2006, 3:19 pm, in reply to "Can someone who can read arabic help?"
User logged in as: tariq al mali

this is the direct translation of the relevant paragraph in ahmedinejad's speech. this is not arabic but farsi and this has been translated by a farsi speaker.
"I want to alert the heads of Islamic states to be aware of the mischief and know, if under pressure from the global hegemon, misunderstanding , simplicity, selfishness or love of worldy things (dunya), take any step in recognizing the Zionist state, they will be burned in the fire (rage) of Muslims and this shame will remain on their foreheads forever."

It is obvious that MEMRI has deliberatley falsifed the statement and many other statements from trhe Muslim world.

Hope this helps.

--Previous Message--
: Is this
: http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP101305

: a faithful translation of this
: http://www.isna.ir/Main/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-603386

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Given I do not read Farsi, I cannot say what a faithful translation is, and have to rely on MEMRI.

I will say this. According to Ahmedinajad's actions, he is NOT a good man, and I do NOT support him. If he had his way according to his RHETORIC, the world would be an awful place - but I will concede I only know what MEMRI translated re: his rhetoric.

Either way, he is not a man to be praised.

Bush has done more wrong in the world because America has the power to do more wrong. I just think that if Ahmedinijad had such power, he would accomplish worse.

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Hey thanks Anon! I didn't realize that MEMRI was doing the translating for all the papers. But, I am not surprised. MEMRI is decidedly pro-Zionist. I guess that's why miss r has to rely on MEMRI.

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger Jeff G said...

Either way, he is not a man to be praised.

Bush has done more wrong in the world because America has the power to do more wrong. I just think that if Ahmedinijad had such power, he would accomplish worse.

You can be certain of that. Ahmedinijad is a creep. If people start praising this guy, its likely we've run out of human beings.

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Either way, the Iranian prez is not a friend to Israel, and failure to recognize the State of Israel is counterproductive to the interests in the Middle East. The State of Israel exists, is legit, and threats of retaliation if nations recognize Israel is just horrifying.

Yes, there is an issue of the West Bank, but even that region is not the severe human rights horror it is made out to be - especially in light of nations such as Turkey, which practiced genocide on Armenians, and are still engaged in a civil war in Cyrpus. You never hear a peep out of anyone about Turkey. It's selective perception about the ills of the world.

At Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...


Great Huffington Post blog about my feelings on this situation.

The head of Iran is a brutal man and is NOT to be praised and made into a sort of modern day hero.


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