A Kinder, Gentler Iran?

Nope. This is at the Iranian news agency website this morning (the FARS News Agency online):

Addressing a defense gathering here in Tehran on Sunday, General Firouzabadi said that nations should realize the threats and dangers posed by the Zionist regime of Israel. 

He reiterated the Iranian nation and Supreme Leader’s emphasis on the necessity of support for the oppressed Palestinian nation and its causes, and noted, “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel.”

The full annihilation of Israel as an Iranian national cause. Absorb that. One of the errors of Western diplomacy in the 1930s was a failure to take the Nazi regime’s public statements of hatred toward Jews, and its intent to annihilate them as a people, seriously.

With regard to Iran, Bibi Netanyahu does. I wonder whether President Obama does as well.

Here, for example, is what Hitler infamously said, on January 30th, 1939, to a large public gathering:

[I]f international Jewish financiers inside and outside Europe again succeed in plunging the nations into a world war, the result will not be the Bolshevization of the earth and with it the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.

And here is Hilter demonizing Jews to yet another gathering of Germans:

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Are we really listening to what the Iranian leadership is saying?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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