Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Seems Determined to Provoke Conflict

There is plenty of evidence indicating that Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is an intimidating figure worldwide. Never mind rhetoric from France, England, and the United States that suggests his growing power is containable. The facts just don’t support their claims. His rhetoric clearly indicates that nothing will prevent the removal of Israel from the Middle East in his lifetime. When you listen to him tell it, there’s an air of confidence that suggest he’s not only figured it out, but he’s the one that plans to bring it about. In fact, it seems that the path he’s chosen to accomplish this end is the combination of continued pursuit of a nuclear weapon and rhetoric determined to provoke conflict.

When the Iranian President speaks about his culture it is with conviction he declares that Iranian civilization has existed in the Middle East for thousands of years. Ahmadinejad compares this idea with his belief that the Israelis “have no roots there in history.”

The Iranian leader told the “Washington Post” on Sunday that the Israeli-Arab conflict should be resolved by allowing the Palestinians to vote the “Zionist regime” out of existence.

Asked by interviewer David Ignatius to affirm Israel’s right to exist, Ahmadinejad said “I think they should allow the people of Palestine in all the territories of Palestine to decide, and whatever they decide, that is what should be done.” He added: “This doesn’t need nuclear weapons, missiles, rockets or destroying people’s homes.”

Ignatius pressed the Iranian leader to clarify that he was advocating the eradication of the state of Israel, to which Ahmadinejad replied: “I asked you if the occupation in the Palestinian territories comes to an end what would there remain? Is there a Zionist regime in existence without occupation?”

“Fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn,” Ahmadinejad told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview on Sunday.

“Likewise, we condemn any type of extremism. Of course, what took place was ugly. Offending the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is quite ugly. This has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. This is the weakness of and the abuse of freedom, and in many places it is a crime. It shouldn’t take place, and I do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy or sanctity,” he added.

He stressed the importance of settling the issue “in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment,” reiterating that “we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason, anywhere in the world.” It’s an interesting remark given that Ahmadinejad is deliberately allowing his own people to live miserably and die under recent sanctions adopted by the West.

Asked whether he thinks that protesters should stop threatening US staff abroad, he emphasized that he cannot determine what other people or nations should do.

“But I do think that extremism gives birth to following and subsequent extremists,” the Iranian president pointed out.

On September 11, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other consulate staff members were killed in Benghazi after clashes involving a group of angry demonstrators near the consulate building.

“Perhaps if the politicians take a better position in the West vis-a-vis offensive words or thoughts or pictures towards what we hold holy, I think conditions will improve,” Ahmadinejad said.

Outrage is growing globally over a US-made movie which is reportedly funded by Zionist donors.

The anti-Islam movie has triggered days of huge demonstrations in Muslim countries, as well as in non-Muslim states like Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium and some other countries.

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Sunday to participate in the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.

Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the session on Wednesday and elaborate on the Islamic Republic’s stance on key international issues.