Fresh off the presses today, Iran's President, I won't spell out the name because lord knows you won't be able to pronounce it anyway. Let's just refer to him as President Ahmad. As I was saying, President Ahmad declared today that Israel was a "disgraceful blot" and that it must be "wiped off the map". These quotes from an AP article by NASSER KARIMI. These comments obviously set Iran squarely opposite of American interests in the region. The White House press secretary iterated that "[I]t reconfirms what we have been saying about the regime in Iran. It underscores the concerns we have about Iran's nuclear intentions."
Relations with many nations nearby Israel have been thawing since the pullout of troops from Gaza. There have been cutbacks in trade restrictions and even aid from Qatar. These actions were unimaginable only a few years ago. Israel is currently one strong protestor of the Iranian nuclear program. A program that the United States and other nations say is only for making nuclear weapons.
After comments like the ones President Ahmad made, what is it that we must do? Iran is purpotedly aiding terrorist groups that attack Israeli citizens daily. They provide "support and training". They also possess the ability to attack Israel and US forces in the middle east due to the development of solid fuel technology. Is the threat that Iran poses enough to encourage nations into action against them? There is no doubt that the comments do not shine well on the nation.
"Such comments provoke the international community against us. It's not to Iran's interests at all. It's harmful to Iran to make such a statement," Ebrahim Yazdi, a former Iranian foreign minister, said.
Article by AP author NASSER KARIMI can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5371437,00.html