Ahmadinejad cranks it up a gear!

I see that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised the stakes even higher, if that is possible short of launching nukes on Washington, by suggesting that Israel was a "rotten, dried tree" that will be annihilated by "one storm".

Opening a conference supporting the Palestinians, Mr Ahmadinejad fired a series of verbal shots at Israel, saying it was a "permanent threat" to the Middle East that will "soon" be liberated.

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," Mr Ahmadinejad said. He also said "If such a disaster (Holocaust) is true, why should the people of this region pay the price? Why does the Palestinian nation have to be suppressed and have its land occupied?"

I do think that he has a point when he asks why should the Palestinians have to pay for the sins of Nazi Germany. My views on Zionism and the "state" of Israel in general are well known by now but I can see that this political posturing by Ahmadinejad has other priorities at its heart. He is clearly rattling the sabre at the West and their lapdog Israel in the Middle-East.

Iran has previously said it will give money to the Palestinian Authority to make up for the withdrawal of donations by Western nations who object to Hamas's refusal to recognise Israel and renounce violence.

Until America places Israel in line and forces them to accept a reasonable agreement over an Independent Palestine then Ahmadinejad, like previous Islamic leaders, will contine to use the issue of the Palestinians to stir up the people of the Middle-East.

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