Spot the difference with Mehdi Hasan
Recently we had an exchange reviving the very old debate about the 2005 speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which the Iranian President said that Israel must be wiped from the pages of history.
Ah, but that he was (mis)quoting Ayatollah Khomeini is supposed to make it better. Thus Hasan pretended to be puzzled as to why anyone should be alarmed by the prospect of the Iranian theocracy acquiring nuclear weapons.
Today, he returns to the subject, asking: “What about Israel’s nukes?”
I’ll tell him about Israel’s nukes. They’re not anyone’s favourite thing. But there is a difference between the governments of Israel and Iran. One of them has said that the other “must vanish from the page of time”.
I wonder if Hasan can guess which one?
Update: Hasan has replied to these 200 words with 1,850 of his own, pursuing the argument backwards by asking “Does Ahmadinejad really want to ‘wipe Israel off the map’?” when I had already accepted, for the sake of clarity (and brevity) of debate, that what the Iranian president wants is for Israeli regime to “vanish from the page of time”. Perhaps Hasan will reply to that point — why the warmongering IAEA should allow such a government to develop nuclear weapons — later.
*If anyone can explain the square brackets, no doubt they will.Tagged in: iran, israel, nuclear proliferation
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