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Pride and Prejudice: The Tehran Edition

The UN General Assembly is meeting this week in Turtle Bay, New York.

This means that our tax dollars will be wisely invested in providing security for a motley crew of the world’s leading tyrants and human rights abusers.

One of the more luminous personalities that has combined those tow traits into an art form is Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad.

As a warm up for his appearance at the UN this week, Mahmoud wowed crowds in Tehran with what can only be called his own version of “Pride and Prejudice”.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad proud of Holocaust denial

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president said Monday he is proud to stoke international outrage with his latest remarks denying the Holocaust as he heads for the United Nations this week — showing he is as defiant as ever while his country comes under greater pressure to curtail its nuclear program.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes the world stage with a speech Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly. He appears intent on showing he has not been weakened by three months of turmoil at home, where the pro-reform opposition has staged dramatic protests claiming Ahmadinejad’s victory in June presidential elections was fraudulent.

He stoked the fires ahead of the visit with new comments casting doubt on the Holocaust. Asked about widespread condemnation of such remarks, Ahmadinejad said Monday: “The anger of the world’s professional killers is (a source of) pride for us,” according to state news agency IRNA.

During a speech Friday, he questioned whether the Holocaust was “a real event” and called it a pretext used by Jews to trick the West into backing the creation of Israel. He said the Jewish state was created out of “a lie and a mythical claim.”

The United States branded the speech “hateful.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Monday that Ahmadinejad “yet again shames the great tradition of the noble Iranian people” and has chosen “the violent repression of Iranians over a policy of friendship and cooperation that would have promoted their welfare and their honor.”

Although Mahmoud will get the chance to rub shoulders with equally heavy handed despots like the ruling junta from Myanmar and Moammar Qadaffi, the thing that makes him special is his unique ability to act upon his twisted vision of reality with potentially world shattering results.

To whit:

Iran may have enough enriched uranium to build a

bomb, US warns

The US warned yesterday that Iran might already have enough enriched uranium to build a bomb as Tehran defied sanctions threats and stuck to its nuclear programme.

The country has dominated a week-long meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under way in Vienna as the deadline for President Obama’s offer of talks draws near. According to the latest American assessment, outlined by Glyn Davies, the American Ambassador to the IAEA, the Iranian nuclear enrichment programme is bringing it closer to a “dangerous and destabilising possible breakout capacity”. “Iran is now either very near, or in possession already, of sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, if the decision were made to further enrich it to weapons-grade,” Mr Davies told governors of the IAEA.

To put this in terms straight from the television cop shows, Iran’s mullocracy now has both the motive and the means to carry out its genocidal threats against Israel.

All it lacks now is opportunity.

There is no doubt that Ahmadinejhad’s rhetoric is frightening.

But he doesn’t have the market cornered on declarations direct from the lunatic fringe.

There is no doubt that Israel will not sit patiently by while the weapons of their mass destruction are completed in Tehran.

Plans have been designed and even war games to practice these plans have already been conducted by the IDF.

Which prompted former Carter administration National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brezinski to add these helpful remarks:

Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; “A Liberty in Reverse”

In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don’t read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear sites — the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace:

DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?

Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

DB: What if they fly over anyway?

Brzezinski: Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.

Now there’s a mind blowing turn of events.

A former National Security Adviser who was part of our current administration’s transition team envisions us confronting Israeli jets for the high crime of attempting to deal a major set back to a maniacal regime’s WMD dreams?

Say it ain’t so, Zbigniew!

This week’s proceedings at the UN merit our close attention.

Will it be an opportunity to galvanize the support of the Security Council for meaningful sanctions against Iran?

Or will it be another opportunity to blame Israel for the fanatical ambitions of tyrants ad dictators in the region?

Pray for the former.

But don’t be surprised at the latter.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.” (Psalm 122:6-7)

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