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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Well I suppose their egos are the same size as Blair's

OK, now I'm going to wish I'd kept Uncle Jimmy's idiotic recent comment on my Mahmoud Ahmadinejad post, because he posted a link which he seemed to think disproved my assertion that the Iranian President's famous "quote" about wishing to wipe Israel off the map was a well-known urban myth. Actually the piece he linked to came to the same conclusion, but why would that worry Jimmy the neo-loonie?

Anyway, I found a great piece on The Hasbara Buster's blog (a uniformly awesome blog, BTW - every post I read there makes me feel like giving up and outsourcing EKN to him). Not only does it also nail the myth, but he adds a paragraph that Uncle Jimmy would surely agree with. He is, after all, a stickler for the literal interpretation of Tony Blair's words:

Thus the reporting of what Blair says to Fern Britton, or to the Chilcot inquiry next year, is more influential than his actual words. Last weekend, therefore, people did not hear Blair say of Saddam Hussein, “I would still have thought it right to remove him,” which is what he said. They heard him say he “would have invaded Iraq” even if he had known that there were no weapons of mass destruction, which was how it was reported. Him and whose army?
(Buried somewhere in this mound of verbiage.)

So he will be delighted with The Hasbara Buster's analysis of Pres. Ahmadinejad's intentions:

But another question worth raising is whether Ahmadinejad ever said that Iran itself will take care of eliminating the Zionist regime, the state of Israel, the world Jewry or whatever Sela chooses to interpret when he wakes up in the morning. It is not the same to say "John Doe needs to be killed" as to assert "I will kill John Doe," especially when people who combine both the will and the ability to murder Mr. Doe are not exactly in large supply. In other words, wishing for something horrible to happen to someone is itself horrible, but until you decide to harm that person yourself your horrible thoughts are basically irrelevant (unless you can have someone else do the task, which is clearly not the case here).

Of course, one of the problems with Uncle Jimmy's argument is that it was precisely the case for Tony Blair: as he is at pains to point out, "doing the task" was indeed principally the job of the USA.

P.S. In the comment I deleted, Jimmy says that if after reading his link I still equate Tony Blair with either Saddam Hussein or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad I need to see a psychiatrist. I can safely say that I have never equated Tony Blair with either of those men. I consider him unfit to lick their toilet bowls.

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