October 29, 2005

SHOCK AND AWE:

Now even the Palestinians condemn Iran leader's rant against Israel (JAMES KIRKUP AND MIKE THEODOULOU, 10/29/05, The Scotsman)

Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority, fearful of jeopardising Western support, disavowed Iran's position. "Palestinians recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist and I reject his comments," said Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian peace negotiator.

And even China, which ordinarily stays out of international disputes, expressed its "unease" about Mr Ahmadinejad's remarks.

Russia, which has backed Iran's nuclear programme, has also been critical. In Moscow the Iranian Embassy tried to soften the impact of Mr Ahmadinejad's remarks, saying he "did not have any intention to speak in sharp terms and engage in a conflict".

Potentially even more significantly, there are indications from within Iran that the president may have over-reached himself.

Ultimate power in Iran rests with Mohammed Khamenei, the unelected supreme leader and heir to Ayatollah Khomeni. Mr Khamenei already has placed curbs on his president's power after Mr Ahmadinejad - a former major of Tehran with no previous diplomatic experience - was seen to have mishandled the nuclear issue and strengthened US calls for UN action.


Such is the world that George Bush and Tony Blair have made.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2005 12:48 PM
Comments

And John Howard.

Posted by: H at October 29, 2005 12:57 PM

H - It must be true that great minds think alike. I just clicked on to make the exact same comment, so I will.

And John Howard.

Posted by: tefta at October 29, 2005 1:00 PM

Inronically it is the world Osama Bin Laden has made.

Posted by: Shelton at October 29, 2005 1:58 PM

but osama is our puppet :)

the iranian leader reminds me of the black knight, from Holy Grail

Posted by: ward churchill at October 29, 2005 2:02 PM

Shelton:

Blair'd already laid the groundwork in Serbia.

Posted by: oj at October 29, 2005 3:53 PM

A PA official was on NPR yesterday was complaining that the Iranians (whom, he mentioned in a subtle correction to the NPR interviewer, were not arabs) should stop worrying about wiping Israel off the map and start trying to put Palestine on it.

Posted by: Mike Earl at October 29, 2005 5:00 PM

Mike: the palestinians really do not want a state. If they did they would take steps to obtain one.

The problem of the Iranians for the Palestinians is that those nukes would kill them too.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 29, 2005 5:49 PM

Robert -

From what I recall of the prevailing winds after Saddam's big bonfire in 1990, those nukes would kill lots of Iranians too....

Posted by: curt at October 29, 2005 9:38 PM
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