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Hard words between Israel and IranNot quite the same ring as "Iranian madman calls for the annihilation of millions of Jews". With rhetoric reminiscent of the early years of the 20th century
The Islamic world will not allow the historic enemy to live in its heartland!and at a conference
held at the Iranian Interior Ministry, with 4000 students dressed in black and wearing green headbandswith the president arriving...
the students they shouted "Death to Israel!". The President, a veteran of the hardline Iranian revolutionary guard, called for them to shout louder.Thousands of young fanatics being whipped up into a murderous fervour by a singleminded leader. Hmmm, I'm sure I've seen that before, probably just a movie. Hard words indeed. Here is a pciture of the rally, obviously aimed at more than just the local fanatics with such prominent English script...
French Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy said he had summoned Iran's ambassador to explain the comments. "If these (reported) comments are true, they are unacceptable. I condemn them with the greatest firmness," he said in a statement.Here is how the meetings would go:
Iran's ambassador to Madrid will also be summoned to explain the remarks. ". . .Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos has expressed his rejection in the most emphatic terms and has decided to urgently call in the Iranian ambassador to ask him for an explanation," the ministry said in a statement.
Foreign Minister: Are these reports true?Peace in our time.
Foreign Minister: Please explain!
Ambassador: Oh that president of ours, he is such a joker! Always doing his "death to Israel" routine, he was a bit of an amateur comedian in college you know, did stand up at the tea parlours. It went down a treat with the other revolutionary guards. Of course he isn't being serious, not like his predecessors who have stated they are willing to lose a city in a nuclear exchange for the prize of destroying the Joos.
Foreign Minister: OK, just so we are clear. Now about this nuclear research you are doing.
Ambassador: We would never use that to create nuclear weapons to strike the ancient enemy living in our heartland.
Foreign Minister: OK, just so we are clear. Please relay to your president that his remarks, while meant in jest, are unacceptable and we condemn them most strongly.
Ambassador: As you wish, Zionist lapdog.