Below is a fanciful account of the situation in Iran, based on a Haaretz article.
Reclining on a comfortable sofa was an elderly man dressed in strict black robes, with a flowing white beard. He rolled his eyes thoughtfully to the ceiling.
‘No, I’ve never been there’, he said scornfully, without looking up at the psychiatrist, who had the habit of doodling on his notepad, as he questioned his most tedious patients. He believed not looking at them directly reduced the pressure on patients, and made them relax.
The Supreme Leader would not relax, however. ‘Moreover, you will henceforth refer to it as the Zionist Entity, doctor’, he added sternly. ‘It’s a cancerous growth, and shall be removed’, he added vehemently, his fists clenched, his eyes bulging with emotion.
‘Isn’t the two-state solution encouraging? Wouldn’t that be nice?’
‘I hope their bid (UN state application) fails, and they see that they have no option but to fight.’ He was an angry old man. Prozac, or Lithium - thought the doctor vacantly doodling an elaborate peacock tail – or maybe both.
‘What a sham’, went on the bitter man on the couch, ‘the Palestinians should never settle for *some* of the land. Palestine spans from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Middeterannian), nothing less.’
‘If you could send Palestine a message what would be it be?’
‘Start killing the Jews, already!’
Alas, the presence of a medical specialist is entirely fictional. The physchiatrist ready to help a cantankerous old man was not there, however the patient is, and is in charge of a country one the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons.
Noone was. The Supreme Leader, Khameni, does in fact lead a nation, as a theocracy. His word is the closest thing to the word of god. So, when Khamenei told the "5th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada" in Iran’s capital Tehran that was attended by other by senior Palestinian militant leaders, that the Palestinians should not limit themselves to seeking a country based on the pre-1967 borders because "all land belongs to Palestinians”, they rested easy in the knowledge that the planned genocide was sponsored by god all along.
Nobody was surprised when Hamas leader Khaled Meshal agreed with his paymasters; in addressing the conference he said "resistance" is the only option left for the Palestinians.
Having affirmed that genocide in the holy land is still the logical solution the two leaders and their genocidal cohorts had tea with sweets.
Germans genocide of the Jews, at least, became the ‘final’ solution amidst the ruin of total war, and was largely hidden from the public. The latest breed of genocidal wannabes considers genocide the only solution and sees nothing wrong with discussing it in public. They even have adopted pseudo-democratic language - the "5th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada" sounds much cleaner than “Let’s kill the Jews in the Holy Land”. The latter is a type of slogan commonly held up at the demonstrations, or written on the sides of busses that transport massed to these hate-fests. In international circles you still want a veneer of decency. Of course, it’s preposterous to this this fools anyone; however this of English language and democratic structures was learned by Tehran directly from the successful and long-lasting duplicity at UN Human Rights committee. Tehran was also successful at stymying reviews by the international atomic energy agency (IAEA) for the same period as they held international conferences to extoll the benefits of genocide.
Could this boldness also have anything to do with the permissiveness of the West, such as is repeatedly seen in London where explicit calls to violence by Islamists right in from of 10 Downing St. go unchallenged?
And so Middle East burns and sizzles, while the West fiddles.
Written on 10/01/11