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Ahmadinejad: Countdown to Israel’s Destruction Has Begun

From Ynet News (h/t Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch):

The countdown to Israel’s destruction has begun, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech commemorating the death of Iranian revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Sunday.

“The arrogant superpowers and the Zionist regime invested all their efforts during the 33-day war, but after 60 years, their pride has been trampled and the countdown to the destruction of this regime has been started by Hizbullah fighters,” the president was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency Mehr.

Ahmadinejad added that “with the help of all the Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future… Anyone who works for God and believes in the power of the people will prevail.”

The imminent destruction of Israel, of course, would require weapons of mass destruction.  Which brings us to holy-grail diplomatic settlement to Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program that the Bush administration is banking on.  On that subject, the Islamic Republic’s president invoked his mentor:  “Khomeini believed that when a nation reaches a point where it makes a decision, no power can tackle it and this is the road Iran is taking.”  So there.

The futile nuclear talks are a multilateral affair, but the “let’s talk directly to the mullahs” project urged by Democrats, the State Department, and the Iraq Study Group is also taking a beating on the bilateral front. 

As we saw last week, the Iranians were so impressed by whatever the U.S. contingent told them in the much anticipated direct negotiations that, the very next day, they announced the indictments of three detained Iranian Americans on spying charges for which they could receive the death penalty.  Now, Ynet elaborates, Secretary Rice’s counterpart, Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki, has “urged Hamas and the Islamic Jihad to carry on with their armed struggle against Israel during meetings with leaders of the Palestinian groups in Damascus Saturday.”  Mottaki explained:  “The Palestinian people are a mighty people and there is a need to continue with the resistance[.]“

There may be a global war on terror, but only one side is fighting it that way … and it ain’t us.