Take Iran at Its Word

(Wall Street Journal Europe) Douglas Murray - Those with ears to hear might hear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promise to "wipe Israel off the map" or "erase Israel from the page of time." Furthermore, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said exactly the same things over many years. But there remains a strange chorus who try to tell us otherwise. In recent days there have been hints that Iran might be open to new talks on its nuclear program. But how many times have we gone through this now? After ten years, the only real development is that Iran is now far closer to its ambition of gaining a nuclear bomb. Tehran's defenders and apologists say the regime has never acted in a hostile manner against any other neighbors. But what of Iran's arming and funding of terrorist proxies, including Hamas and Hizbullah? Rafael Bardaji, a former national security advisor to the Spanish prime minister, met with Khamenei some years back. When he asked what was the Supreme Leader's job, Khamenei replied, "My job is to set Israel on fire." The writer is an associate director of the London-based Henry Jackson Society.

2013-02-05 00:00:00

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