So. The Iranian president has a foot in mouth problem. Not that he sees it that way obviously, or the hardline Iranians went on a spontaneous march, North Korea stylee, straight after.
Understandably there has been a diplomatic orgy of condemnation and I will not even bother to defend him. Calling him idiotic might be too nice.
Let’s be clear. The big hoo-haa is there because of the ongoing controversy over Iran’s possibile nuclear program. Note, it has not developed nukes yet, but may be starting that journey. There is a difference. Without this, most would have condemned him and dismissed him as a crackpot.
Should it be allowed to develop nukes? India, Pakistan and Israel have been tacitly allowed to, why not Iran? They do have a democratic stucture, before anyone uses that argument. It’s just the country is run by nutcases and anti-semitics. Doesn’t help local peace let’s say.
But the President is not stupid and there has to be a calculated reason he said it. Here at Pickled Politics we want to go behind the scenes, rather than simply throw out tired insults like some xenophobic blogs.
1) He could be trying to deflect from problems at home and what better way than to take pot-shots at Israel?
2) He might be indicating support for Hamas, the terrorist organisation Iran has always funded. Hamas has been severly weakened by a continuing peace process and targeted assassinations (which incidentally I don’t support).
3) In the nuclear dance between Iran, the USA, India, Russia and others, Iran may be trying to create mischief so eyes are deflected from the nuclear installations it may have developed.
To their credit, Egypt said the remarks showed “the weakness of the Iranian government”. A Palestinian official also rejected the remarks.
Let’s not leave Israel out of the spotlight here though. They say the remark contravenes the UN charter and it should be chucked out of the Security Council. Funny that. Since when did Israel give a shit about the UN? And let’s not forget it hasn’t exactly been so kind to Palestinians either (much as I hate linking MPAC).
Tit-for-tat aside, for a start Israel needs to stop pretending that Hamas represents the will of all Palestinians and that it can be controlled by the PA. The two are competing organisations. It has the upper hand and the superior firepower – it needs keep the peace process going, not constantly stall it by using Hamas as an excuse.
Then only can Hamas be sidelined and Palestinians be convinced that Iran is not exactly helping them with its bravado.
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