Ahmadinejad's Ruse: Right of Return
In an interesting twist to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's insistence that Israel is the cause of all the world's troubles, he told his hosted Holocaust deniers at the Tehran conference that Israel will be 'wiped out' like the Soviet Union was.
“The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom,” Ahmadinejad said during Tuesday’s meeting in his offices, according to the official IRNA news agency.
Perhaps Ahmadinejad has not noticed his principal nuclear supporter, Russia's Vladimir Putin, is working tirelessly to piece the Soviet Union back together once again. It is more likely that Ahmadinejad, who for all of his wildly reckless banter is extremely intelligent, is attempting to cloak his calls for Israel's destruction by alluding to the manner of the internal collapse of the Soviet Union.
Ahmadinejad went on:
He called for elections among “Jews, Christians and Muslims so the population of Palestine can select their government and destiny for themselves in a democratic manner.”
Perhaps one day Iranians may be able to do the same without the Mullah regime disqualifying opposition candidates from national and local candidate lists prior to elections.
It is also telling that Ahmadinjad's spiritual mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, declared that democracy and Islam are incompatible. According to Yazdi, authority comes from God's will as interpreted by the clerics, not from elections. So what of the championing of "Jews, Christians and Muslims" democratically determining their own destiny? It's a ruse.
This is reference to the Palestinian right of return into Israel. It is one way to achieve a fall from within for Israel, and is precisely what Ahmadinejad is speaking of: Flooding Israel with Palestinians to unseat the 'Zionist' government by pure electoral numbers. What happens after that would surely be decidedly less democratic, once they would presumably have "chosen their own destiny." It is disturbing that the Baker-Hamilton Group called for the 'right of return' issue to be immediatley negotiated between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and regional Arab states.
This will never happen, fancy it as Ahmadinejad and many others may. And this is precisely why when he says that Iran seeks to "wipe Israel from the map," he speaks of open warfare and physical destruction.
He is intelligent enough to recognize that war will be the only way to destroy Israel while simultaneously "paving the way for the return of the Mahdi (12th Imam)."
Thankfully, the latest analysis on the Iranian elections this month indicate that while Ahmadinejad's fiercely messianic circle may possibly net gains, it will not be enough to control the Assembly of Experts for the Leadership and thus unseat Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini and replace him with Ahmadinejad's mystic mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi. Khameini, after all, controls the candidate list for the Assembly of Experts for the Leadership elections.
A Supreme Leader Ayatollah Yazdi would mean an Iranian regime whose near-immediate regime change through force should be a foregone conclusion.