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Signs of the Times for Thu, 03 Aug 2006

Signs Editorial:

Joe Quinn
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By now most of the Western world believes that Iranian Prime Minister Ahmadinejad is a raving "anti-Semite", that is, that he "hates the Jewish people simply because they are Jews", and if you read today's news, (the headlines at least, which is as far as most people get) you could be forgiven for believeing that he has reconfirmed his 'Jew-hating' mania.

Consider the following headlines:

'Ahmadinejad: Destruction of Israel is solution'

'Israel's destruction is the solution'

Read a little further to find out what the man actually said rather than what the mainstream press and indirectly the Israeli and American governments claim he said, and you find this:
"Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate ceasefire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its website today.
Would someone please show me exactly where Ahmadinejad calls for "the destruction of Israel"? Maybe I'm dyslexic, but the text above reads: "although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime".

This latest twist on the truth comes after the original hue and cry over Ahmadinejad's alleged exhortation for "Israel to be wiped from the map" a few months ago. As we reported at the time, the Iranian Prime Minister demanded no such thing. What he actually said, and which is consistent with his remarks today, was that the "Zionist regime should be removed from the pages of history".

Are governments synonymous with the people over which they rule? If a corrupt cabal of psychopaths take or manipulate their way into power and then push the country down a path that does immesurable damage to its reputation and even places the citizens of that country in dire peril, are the ordinary people responsible? It is impossible to call for the removal of such a regime without also being accused of hating the existence of every single citizen of the country? If I were to call for the destruction or removal of the Bush regime, would it be reasonable to infer that what I really wanted was the heads of all 300 million Americans served to me on a platter?

Of course, we know that the Israeli Zionist government would dearly love for every single atrocity it has ever committed to be intrinsically and formally tied to every single Jewish person because, in such a scenario, to condemn the Israeli Zionist government is to condemn the Jewish people, which can then be counter-condemned as "anti-Semitism" or "hatred of Jews simply because they are Jews", when nothing could be further from the truth.

If the Zionist Israeli government is collectively punishing Palestinians and Lebanese civilians for "electing the wrong leaders" (which it clearly is), then equally so it is engaged in a campaign of forcing Jewish civilians to assume collective responsibility for the brutal and inhuman acts of a selection of their elected leaders, acts which these leaders alone are responsible.

As a side note;

French Twist

It happened without fanfare or publicity — but french fries have once again become french fries on Capitol Hill. The fried potatoes were renamed "freedom fries" in the House dining rooms three years ago after France scolded the U.S. for its planned invasion of Iraq.

At the time, Ohio Republican Bob Ney, called the gesture, a "small but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France." Ney refused to comment on the switch back.

But a spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says maybe Republicans now "will admit their other foreign policy mistakes."

which is either a cause for celebration among all freedom (and greasy food) loving people, or an opportunity to make fun of the imbecilic, puerile and obtuse nature of the American government, which, of course should not be taken to mean that I "hate all Americans because they are American" or want their heads delivered to me on a platter with a side order of fries, regardless of how imbecilic you are.

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