Ahmadinejad Predicts End of Israel: "Soon"
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Israel is a “permanent threat” and “heading toward annihilation.” With Iran’s ongoing sprint toward nuclear weapons, it is more appropriate to say that Iran is the one in motion, headed toward annihilating Israel.
But the Iranian leader did not stop there. Ahmadinejad, seeker of peaceful nuclear power plants, continued on to say that “the Zionist regime is a dying tree, and soon its branches will be broken down.”
(Curiously, the CNN International site does not carry this report that “soon Israel’s branches will be broken down,” but rather includes a watered down report where Ahmadinejad is quoted calling Israel simply “tantamount to an imposition of an unending and unrestrained threat”. No breaking of branches coming soon.)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has existed for nearly thirty years as an Islamist state and the world’s chief state sponsor of international terrorism. Yet, in these thirty years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has yet to directly confront the enemy they hate most. Suddenly, the thirty years of hateful and vitriolic rhetoric has seen a notable change in vocabulary: “Soon.”
No longer does Iran simply threaten and denounce Israel. Now, it should be recognized that Iran’s taunts and threats include a sense of urgency and proximity of conflict.
Of course, this is not the first time. Remember that, in the speech that Ahmadinejad gave at the ‘A World Without Zionism’ Conference, he said not only that Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’, but he also included a time reference then, saying that “Very soon, this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will be purged from the center of the Islamic world – and this is attainable.”
Why suddenly is Iran, primarily through Ahmadinejad, adding the time reference of ’soon’ to their threats and condemnations? This is an important detail. Perhaps they are developing new weaponry which will finally allow them to directly confront and defeat an Israel that they have feared, regardless of rhetoric.
Perhaps it is the Flying Stealth Boat? Perhaps the new MIRV missile armed with military-grade plastic explosives? Perhaps Hizballah has suddenly and secretly tripled in size? Perhaps the new ‘world record’ super-fast torpedo can eliminate Haifa?
Maybe the answer lies curiously in Hizballah’s reaction to Rafsanjani’s visit in Damascus, where Hassan Nasrallah declared that Iran’s recent nuclear breakthroughs bring the terrorists encircling Israel “great spiritual boost”.
But what do terrorists care about nuclear power plants?
What makes Ahmadinejad so confident as to declare that the “Zionist tree” of Israel will “soon” have its branches “broken down”? How can he be so sure that “this is attainable”?
Perhaps we should ask our friends, the Russians, the Chinese and Mohamed ElBaradei. Maybe they have an idea.