How imminent can threats get?

I'm sure that by now everyone has heard about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmaninejad's statement that Israel is a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map."

What bothers me the most about the phrase "wiped off the map" is that it can't be seen in a vacuum or dismissed as an aberration or as rhetorical excess. Ahmadinejad's predecessor, Hashemi Rafsanjani (for many years a major Iranian leader) made it perfectly clear that the longterm Iranian goal is to use nuclear weapons against Israel:

If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.
Iran is of course moving full steam ahead towards the production of the very nuclear weapons they brag about wanting to use against Israel. They've thumbed their nose at the people who want them to stop nuclear development, and now their president publicly states they want Israel "wiped off the map."

Excuse me, but what do they need to do to make themselves more clear?

This is an intolerable and urgent situation, and in my view it calls for a preemptive response.

Can I say the threat is looking more and more imminent?

(Or has the word "imminent" been dumbed down?)

posted by Eric on 10.27.05 at 07:37 AM


This is Peikoff-obviously a clear and present danger. We must destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities by whatever means necessary. We must do to Iran what Israel once did to Saddam's Osirak nuclear reactor. We must act immediately and decisively. What are we waiting for? And to Hell with the U.N..

I want to join the concerns of fellow bloggers here, here and here about very dangerous development in Iran.

The first thing I want to see is the peace in the Middle East. The latest developments in Iraq war scandal was giving me the hope...

Read the rest here:

theroxylandr   ·  October 27, 2005 11:37 AM

What many have not reported are these words reported in Asia Times, Ahmadinejad said, "To those who doubt, to those who ask is it possible, or those who do not believe, I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible." To a cheering audience that at several points erupted with chants of "death to Israel, death to America, death to England"
According to Iranian news agencies, including both the official Iranian news agency IRNA and the semi-independent Students News Agency, ISNA, "thousands of members of Islamic associations of schoolchildren, but also representatives of Palestinian combatant groups like Hamas and the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad of Palestine, the Lebanese Hezbollah, members of the Association for the Defense of Palestinian People, senior clerics and officials attended the meeting".

Dragline   ·  October 28, 2005 9:37 AM

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