Saturday, December 10, 2005

Mein Kampf, Iranian edition

Rocky Mountain News - ...This is good news. Not, of course, because Ahmadinejad is an anti-Semitic crusader who would like to destroy Israel. That is very bad news indeed. But there is nothing new about such a person landing at the top of the heap in Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini said much the same things a quarter century ago. And the man who has been the supreme leader of Iran since Khomeini's death, Ayatollah Khamenei, has similarly pledged to root out the "cancerous growth" of Israel.

The difference is that Ahmadinejad issues his pronouncements with such raw gusto that he seizes the world's attention. Countries as diverse as Germany, China, Turkey, Britain, Canada and of course the United States have condemned Ahmadinejad's statements, as have the U.N. Security Council and European Union. Suddenly it is no longer acceptable to ignore the festering danger lurking in Tehran. The only question is whether the world will do more than protest.