Renewed Iranian Calls for Israel’s ‘Annihilation’


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One of those “specific Iranian viewpoints” was revealed Sunday by Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran’s military chief of staff. “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” he said in a speech to a defense gathering in Tehran. Firouzabadi further insisted that the world should recognize the dangers imposed by the Zionist regime of Israel, and reiterated the idea that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei considers defending Palestine a religious imperative.

Earlier this year, Khamenei himself promised to “support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world” even as he flaunted his nation’s reputation for belligerence and anti-Semitism. “The Zionist regime is a true cancer tumor on this region that should be cut off,” he said, addressing millions of Friday Prayers worshippers on Tehran University Campus in February. “And it definitely will be cut off.”

Iranian apologists have long insisted that remarks such as the ones made by Khamenei and/or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been misquoted, misunderstood, or mis-translated and that the Iranians have never actually called for Israel’s destruction. American Jewish Committee executive director David Harris puts the lie to that notion. “Iran’s military chief of staff has left no doubt what is the regime’s goal, and why, if further proof is needed, its nuclear program must be stopped…General Firouzabadi’s comments are a timely and sobering reminder of the stakes involved,” said Harris. “They should also put to rest, once and for all, the fanciful views of those remaining political leaders, diplomats, and journalists who contend that Iran is a ‘peaceful’ nation which has simply been ‘misunderstood’ by the global community.”

No doubt they should, but the capacity for diplomatic self-delusion has a long and tattered track record, ranging from British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 declaration that he had achieved “peace in our time” prior to the Nazi’s march through Europe and their extermination of six million Jews, up through the Agreed Framework of 1994, in which former president Bill Clinton and his North Korea negotiator, Jimmy Carter, convinced themselves the Hermit Kingdom had abandoned its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Thus, when Yukiya Amano has been quoted as as saying that his meeting with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili heralded a “good atmosphere” for the Baghdad gathering on Wednesday, it must be measured against an INRA report that Jalili referred to Washington as “Hiroshima culprits” who continue to produce and stockpile nuclear weapons, and as such cannot lead the global nonproliferation campaign. Add a withering analysis by Mehdi Mohammadi, domestic political analyst and contributor to the newspaper group Kayhan, detailing why the West is negotiating from a position of weakness, and it seems clear that nothing substantive is likely to come from the latest round of diplomacy save one sobering reality: an apocalyptic regime led by men who believe it is their religious duty to usher in the second coming of the Hidden Imam will not be deterred from its “sacred” mission.

It is a sacred mission which necessitates acquiring nuclear weapons. Yet for Western appeasers who, via the IAEA, have been negotiating with Iran for nine years, there is always room for another round of talks. It is a tragic irony they are incapable of holding the likes of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, and other members of this despicable regime to account.

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  • truebearing

    The current leadership on this planet is abysmal, with moral clarity essentially non-existent. Power mad fools run China, Russia, and the US, and there isn't a farthing of wisdom between the three. Unity among the great powers could stifle Iran but the rapacity for power of each government overrules everything else, and despite having serious Muslim problems in each country, they are more prone to anti-semitism than anything else. It is sheer insanity

    This can't end well, but I hope Israel does what it knows it must do, and if the rest of the world gets embroiled in a world war, they can blame their own moronic selves for not taking the proper action, soon enough. Humanity has no collective wisdom and on the whole, fails to learn from the past. So, to war we will go.

    • Rdabrludba

      ….and If you survive you will be pleased to see millions of corpses stacked everywhere in the world and some million corpses of your own hoses ones! That will satisfy your anti human ego! Three cheers!

      • stern

        And your solution to Iranian nuclear capabilities?

      • David

        No one will be pleased to see the destruction that is coming. But the blame should be placed where it belongs: not on the people of the countries involved, but on the deliberate violation of the rest of the world's will concerning Iran's nuclear weapon program. The blame will rest on the heads of the Iranian government, primarily, and on the other major powers for not intervening when there was a window of opportunity.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Rdabrludba, I believe that Mecca is smaller than Israel.

        All the islamofascists who dream of destroying Israel should temper their genocidal dreams with the knowledge that the Israeli are NOT the unarmed Jews of Khybar.

      • truebearing

        What demented path did your indoctrinated mind blunder down to come to the conclusion that I want a world war? I'm not an idiot Twelver.

        This is undoubtedly casting pearls before the swine, so to speak, but as a Muslim you should be real careful about accusing anyone of being "anti-human." The religion you follow enslaves everyone it doesn't kill. It doesn't get any more misanthropic than that.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    DEATH to the islamic republic of iran!

    LONG LIVE PERSIA!

  • Hermant

    Check out what Monica Crowley says about obama & his open & transparent Govt!! & how he said that the Lobbyist's would be severely dealt with & that he would create jobs in the USA. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
    The Lobbyists are alive & well & thriving in The Oral Office. Jobs are being created overseas NOT in the USA!! & most everything has been sourced out.

  • Amused

    The great irony here is that Iran , instead of buying time to complete it's bomb , is actually shortening the time leading to it's own destruction .

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Amused AKBAR!

    • SAM000

      Because, the Iranians uprising, the regime is not able to handle the social crisis, just last week, 53 executions, without an external war the regime will be collapsed from the people riots.
      The situation is so hot that without the international help the regime can not survive.
      ANY TIME WE PUSH THE REGIME TO FALLING, A DIVINE MIRACLE arrives and saves the regime.

      CALLING FOR WAR and APPEASING at the same time will produce CHAMBERLAIN MIRACLE.
      The Mullahs know how OBAMA works.
      This phenomena of Obama is the messiah savor of the Mullahs.

      • Amused

        This aint got nothing to do wit Obama DUMBASSS .The Israelis can take care of themselves and THEY will know when the time to strike is right .That's the problem with you Republican idiots , you're so obssessed with your nemesis you can't focus on REALITY .

        • Choi

          And HOW will YOU react IF/WHEN that moment arrives?
          You're just a LEFTY CONTROL TROLL.
          You call Republicans names because you know you're WRONG, in the Real World,but the Republicans keep reminding YOU of HOW WRONG YOU ARE.

  • StephenD

    Now let's see if the allure of POWER is more attractive than his own anti-Semitism for Obama. I expect he will rally the troops (if the timing is right for his re-election bid) to side with Israel and we actually do some good in taking down this cult fevered leadership in Iran. In attempting to shore up his own standing with people he may actually end up helping Israel…as much as he’d rather not. I bet he’ll see it as a small cost to retain all that power.

  • callitaday

    israel calls for war against Iran, Iran for war against Israel. Israel funds and arms Saddam's war against Iran, Iran funds and arms Hezbollas war against Israel. Stupid little nations caught up somewhere between the iron age and tribalism.

    Sensible, modern nations should let these two get on with their nonsense and kill each other if they please.

    • Choi

      You ought to call it a day IF you can equivocate Israel's Self-Defense with Iran's ACTING to DESTROY THEM.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Dollars and cents…
    Iran has invested over half a trillion dollars developing a nuclear industry, including its military applications over a period of a quarter century. I doubt very much that such investment will be disbanded by a White House occupant with decidedly Islamic roots and with at best a potential of a little more than 4 years at bat. It is just not in the cards. On the other hand, the dismal Israeli leadership, made up by what they themselves consider to be elites and political generals is utterly devoid of credibility to contain Iran. They had over 20 years and did nothing solid to thwart Iran's plans, so it is not clear to me why would they do it now. Besides, the MONEY is better for said "elites" if Iran has nuclear weapons.
    They can build up "defenses" galore and grow masses of generals to man that all of course by pillaging the taxpayers coffers. Politically, a nuclear Iran will facilitate the Israeli elites plans to destroy more Jewish properties, "to keep Iran's plans under control".
    Expect a pyrotechnic display at best, that as an election placebo. In all likelihood well coordinated with Iran…

  • Asher

    The Middle Eastern descent against Israel has been enabled by the President.

  • BS77

    If only the people of Iran could rid themselves of their tyrannical ayatollahs and these puffed up idiot generals…..

    • SAM000

      53 Execution for last week.
      120,000 of RESISTANCE MARTYRS,
      Just one minute ago, another Resistant member killed under torture in the INFAMOUS PRISON of Gohardasht.
      from Iranian people;

      And UN, USA, EU, RUSSIA, CHINA appeasement from other side.

      USA has disarmed our Main Resistance center (ASHRAF) and delivered them to the Iraqi government who is under the Iranian Mullahs Regime.

      This is the daily reality of our struggle.
      We have to fight against the whole world to free our IRAN,
      YOU SEE YOURSELF THAT OBAMA LOVES THE MULLAHS MORE THAN THE AMERICANS!!!

  • Marty

    Americans ought to consider a daily two-minute long chant: "death to the ayatollahs." Perhaps that would be regarded as hate speech, but they are the ones who should be annhilated. The world should not have to tolerate genocidal regimes willing and even enthusiastic about sacrificing the lives of millions of their own people to destroy Israel and any other community of people that annoys them by their existence. Those who want to murder innocent men, women, and children simply do not deserve to live on this planet. Selected assassination is really an effective way to get the message across. Eliminating a few ayatollahs and regime leaders would send a strong message. After all, these sociopaths are cowards happy to murder others but not at all interested in doing us all a big favor and dying.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      DEATH to the ayatollahs!

      I say the next time the leadership of the islamofascist republic meets, drop a bomb on it.

      It would be like Dorothy dropping a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch.

      The Persian people will celebrate too.

      • SAM000

        Yes SCREW, you are so right.

  • montlasky

    The Neville Chamberlain syndrome still persists. Nobody wants to believe that Iran is serious about annihilating Israel in the same way as the world refused to believe that a cultured race like the Germans were able to even think about genocide and the manner in which they attempted it. So what's new about an Islamic society hell bent on following the Koran and Mohammed wanting to destroy the infidels of this world beggining with the Jews? We none of us want to face a nuclear holocaust in the middle east so lets pretend it is not going to happen. It's just"war talk" which is harmless enough. Is it? Israel is the one under threat. We all know that she is alone in this world having to make her own decisions and there is no doubt of iran's intentions. Israel has no choice but to go it alone and soon….and the devil take the consequences…………………!

  • crypticguise

    The clock is ticking and Israel can not wait much longer to strike Iran and halt this nonsense for the immeidate future. Yes, there will be blowback…but Iran is a dying Nation.

  • patriothere

    "In other words, there was no indication of progress regarding the principal disagreement between the IAEA and Iran, namely a deal allowing the IAEA to inspect Iranian nuclear sites, most specifically the Parchin research facility, where IAEA inspectors were refused entry as recently as February."

    This is an absolute lie. You liar. Whoever wrote this garbage is a LIAR. Just like in 2010 the Iranians made a deal with the IAEA and the turks and the brazilians. That only resulted in more sanctions and war propaganda from the US and the west. The IAEA and Iran HAVE brokered a deal just like they did back then. It will allow more inspections by the IAEA INCLUDING the parchin site.

    One of the tells to look for to prove that this author is lying is the language he uses. He uses vague broad loaded words.

    • Choi

      You're a patriot of whom?
      Iran?

  • Ghostwriter

    I,for one,won't mind that Israel attacks Iran. For all the evil that the Mullahs have done over the years,it's long overdue payback.

  • patriothere

    " It is a tragic irony they are incapable of holding the likes of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, and other members of this despicable regime to account."

    When was the last time Iran invaded a country? Don't worry I'll wait. When was the last time the zionist regime invaded a country? Don't worry I'll wait.

    You have no proof that Iran is doing anything despicable and you fail to understand history.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      When seven million Muslims are surrounded by four hundred million screaming Jews, then I'll sympathize with the Muslim. Until then, LONG LIVE ISRAEL! Meanwhile, go back to your Mein Kampf and Protocols of Zion.

  • Ed Frias

    Thomas Friedman, Bob Simon and Peter Beinart will call this Iranian a moderate.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Israel should be talking about annihilating their enemies, this would create enough of a stir that
    those who sit back complacent would move off of the couch and react like normal people and
    get rid of those who would lead them to destruction. If not what will be will be and my money
    is on Israel to cleans the Middle East of the Islamist curse………………………….William

  • g_jochnowitz

    A Virtual Dialog

    Jihadists: Kill the Jews.

    The Left: We understand you. You want an
    end to settlements.

    Jihadists: Kill the Jews.

    The Left: Of course. You want freedom of
    movement without checkpoints.

    Jihadists: Kill the Jews.

    The Left: How poetic your language is.
    You want an independent state.

    Jihadists: Kill the Jews.