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Monday, July 07, 2008

Israel Is "Cancelled" In Berlin




Germany's socialists haven't changed. They just don't use the word
"National" any more.

Iranian calls for the destruction of Israel are almost routine these days.
But for a former official of the Islamic Republic to call for the destruction of
the Jewish state in the city where the Holocaust was planned adds a repugnant
twist - especially as the German government sponsored the event that gave the
man from Tehran a Western stage.

At a conference on the Mideast in Berlin on Wednesday, Muhammad Javad
Ardashir Larijani said the "Zionist project," which has "created only violence
and atrocities," should be "canceled." Mr. Larijani, a former deputy foreign
minister, is the brother of Iran's former nuclear negotiator and current
parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani.

The conference organizers, the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt, made
a clumsy attempt at damage control.

"We very much regret that the feelings of several Israeli participants were
hurt," the institute said in a statement, making it sound as if the problem was
with oversensitive Israelis rather than with the Iranian's call for the
destruction of their country.

While the institute said that it rejects Mr. Larijani's comments, it still
defended the decision to invite him. The institute says it wants to provide a
"forum where politicians and experts can exchange positions - also controversial
ones."

But calling for the destruction of a country isn't "controversial" - it's
beyond the realm of civilized debate. To give such views a "forum" is to give
them legitimacy.


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7 Comments:

Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

Your right this is disturbing! Although I wouldn't say that this proves your average German Socialist today is no different than Nazis, it could just be that their stupid.

Monday, July 07, 2008 10:29:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

To me, the idea of cancelling Israel is likely to lead to policy which is just as destructive as the Holocaust.

How do you cancel a country full of six million Jews?

What would happen if you simply put Muslims in charge of Israel? What has happened to Christians and Jews all throughout the ME?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:11:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Earth to Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt...there is NOTHING to discuss, as the Iranians make clear, and have done since 1979.

More, I'm certain the Israelis have little regard for apologies for hurt feelings.

Next time, DON'T INVITE RACIST GENOCIDAL APOCALYPTIC LOONS, of course that would leave few nations in the middle east to sit down for the purposes of peace. Maybe Israel, (and the non apocalyptic racist loons) Turkey, Egypt, and if it's one of the good days, Jordan, but I doubt it.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:31:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Given the will of the people of Egypt, Turkey, and Jordan, I see little reason to trust their governments to want peace with Israel.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 1:34:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

I'm not sure they understand what Iran wants.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 1:51:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Damien,
Could they ACTUALLY be that stupid?

Or are they insisting lions can lay down with lambs, and we all hold hands strolling into the sunset.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:15:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Epaminondas,

Yes they could be that stupid. If they think these Islamists mean no harm and its all the fault of tiny Israel.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:59:00 am  

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