Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Latest Ahmadinejad Craziness

Just when you think Iran's President couldn't get any crazier, he breaks the bank yet again.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad escalated his anti-Israeli rhetoric Wednesday, calling the Holocaust a "myth" used by Europeans to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world.

"Today, they have created a myth in the name of Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets," Ahmadinejad told thousands of people in the southeastern city of Zahedan.


"This is our proposal: if you committed the crime, then give a part of your own land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to them so that the Jews can establish their country," he said, developing a theme he raised in Saudi Arabia last week.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the remarks "shocking and unacceptable." He said the German government had summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires to make "unmistakably clear" its displeasure.

The more he talks, and the greater he manages to consolidate power over the Iranian government, diplomatic corps, and military, the more I wonder how we can possibly negotiate with him. It used to be that North Korea, with its overheated neo-Stalinist rhetoric and stance, was the most difficult country to deal with. I think Ahmadinejad is out to take the taco. And he can't be too far from it calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, then "moderating" his stance to Israel should be moved to Europe.

Certainly Europe and the U.S. hoped that they could resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff through diplomatic means, but Ahmadinejad has completely obstructed that path. Without his removal, which has become difficult with his backing from the Grand Ayatollah, there's no chance any successful negotiations can happen. It's more than likely that Ahmadinejad will reject the most generous of carrots in the name of his beliefs, and has poised himself ready to endure the harshest of sticks. The only remaining answer, a military strike, looks all the more likely despite the fact that it could easily start World War III in the Middle East.