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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So much for that

Ten days ago, Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei told a tourism convention in Tehran:
“No nation in the world is our enemy, Iran is a friend of the nation in the United States and in Israel, and this is an honor. We view the American nation as one with the greatest nations of the world.”
But in an interview with Hezbullah's Al-Manar Television on July 28, he changed his tune.

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript will follow.

Esfandyar Rahim Mashai: The Islamic Republic of Iran did not, does not, and will not accept the legitimacy of this Zionist entity. No Iranian citizen or party will ever accept this.


The world should know that the Zionist regime is plundering and illegitimate. Its existence does not serve the interests of humanity. It is harmful to everybody. The plundering Zionist entity is close to its end. In my view, this regime is dead, and they are only postponing its funeral, while others believe that it is only in the process of dying. In any case, the era of the so-called Zionist entity has come to an end. This entity cannot confront the believing men of Hizbullah. We have seen how it admitted defeat after 33 days of aggression. Following that defeat, it is now among the dead. Therefore, we now witness consecutive victories by our brothers, the resistance fighters.
To whom did he tell the truth? I'm going to venture to guess that he told Al-Manar the truth. Ten days ago he toned himself down for foreign consumption (after all, it was a tourism convention and the foreigners don't like to hear all that apocalyptic stuff). It's possible but less likely that someone else called him on the carpet for his comments ten days ago and he felt forced to retract them. But hey - they're just pursuing those nuclear power weapons because they need electricity. Right Mohamed?


At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm running to the supermarket now before the shelves empty out of pistachio nuts.

At 6:43 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

My guess is he was read the riot act and forced to return to the regime's party line. You don't say you'll accept the United States and Israel - even to tourists. And it underscores the fact that people like him don't make policy in Iran - the mullahs do. There are no real moderates in Teheran - at least none who can change the country's policy. The bottom line is Israel will have to act to stop Iran's nuclear program regardless of its effect on Iranian domestic political opinion. When it comes to Israel's survival, its current leaders probably won't go all out - but the next ones would and so would the population if Israel's back was forced to the wall.


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