pointed out how the two wings of Iran's increasingly schizophrenic government need to settle on a single message. He links to a December press release from the Iranian Press Service, with a quote from one of the Mullahs, asserting that Islamic countries which develop nuclear weapons should bomb Israel.
"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world", Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told the crowd at the traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.
A nuke over the old city would certainly alleviate the tension over control of Jerusalem. Too bad the destruction of Judaism's holiest shrine, along with the destruction of an allegedly important Islamic holy site, and the irradiation of Bethlehem (can't leave out Christianity) would outweigh the benefits. Nothing like a nuke to unify opposition against radical Islam.
I don't think the mad mullah thought this through, unless he was talking about Tel Aviv. Of course, nuking Tel Aviv would kill scores of Muslims in Jaffa, and it would lack the impact of leveling Jerusalem.
posted on August 19, 2003 10:16 PM
The "Mad Mullah" happens to be the former president of Iran, Rafsanjani, and the #2 mullah (how they keep score, I don't know).
In other words, this isn't just any Iranian nutjob, but rather an extremely powerful Iranian nutjob.