Thursday, October 27, 2005

Why Iran Needs Regime Change

EU leaders condemn Iran's call to wipe out Israel

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union leaders condemned Iran's president for saying Israel should be "wiped off the map" and said no country that claimed to be a responsible member of the international community could make such a call.

"EU leaders ... today condemned in the strongest terms the comments in respect of the State of Israel attributed to President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad of Iran," EU leaders said in a statement issued at a one-day summit outside London.

"Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community," they said.

Support for the Palestinian cause is a central pillar of the Islamic Republic which officially refuses to recognise Israel's right to exist. Iran's President said on Wednesday that Israel should be "wiped off the map".

"Such comments will cause concern about Iran's role in the region and its future intentions," EU leaders said.

"For its part, the EU remains committed to a solution to the Arab-Israel dispute based on the principle of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. It urges all parties in the region to do their utmost to bring that vision to fulfilment.

Under reformist President Mohammad Khatami's eight-year tenure Iran had shown signs of easing its implacable hostility towards Israel and officials said Tehran might not object to a two-state solution if that was what the Palestinians wanted.

But Ahmadinejad, a former member of the hardline Revolutionary Guards and traditional religious conservative who came to power earlier this year, said there could be no let-up in its hostility to Israel.

It is because of political leaders such as President Ahmadinejad that I support the Bush Doctrine of regime change.


Manfarang said...

Another Operation Ajax?

AnthroPax said...

A hardliner wouldn't have been voted in if it wasn't for Bush making load noises, and mucking up the EU's approach, that was going quite well.

C4' said...

Another Operation Ajax?

I hope so!