Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that the only solution to the Middle East problem is the destruction of Israel. "The primary medicine for the problems of the region and the world is the annihilation of the Zionist regime," Ahmadinejad said.Item 2: French FM Hails Iran's 'Stabilizing' Role in ME
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran is a key player in the Middle East and "plays an important stabilizing role" in the region, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said. "It is clear that we cannot accept a destabilization of Lebanon that could lead to a destabilization of the region. In the region there is a great country like Iran which is respected and which plays an important stabilizing role in the region," he said during a visit to Beirut.Item 3: How dangerous are Items 1 and 2?
As slightly-amusing as these two pieces of imbecilic logic might be under normal circumstances, they're neither funny nor trivial here and now. The challenge is to keep in mind that:
- Item 1 reports today's speech by a head of state who recently addressed the United Nations, and whose country is developing nuclear weapons.
- Item 2 reports last week's speech by a top-level politician from Europe's largest country - a country which has veto power over the UN Security Council and which has a track record of self-aggrandizing, irresponsible meddling in other people's affairs.