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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot "satanic powers" and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported.
"I must announce that the Zionist regime (Israel), with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene," he said.
"Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started."
Since taking the presidency in August 2005, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly provoked international outrage by predicting Israel is doomed to disappear.
"I tell you that with the unity and awareness of all the Islamic countries all the satanic powers will soon be destroyed," he said to a group of foreign visitors ahead of the 19th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Ahmadinejad also again expressed his apocalyptic vision that tyranny in the world be abolished by the return to earth of the Mahdi, the 12th imam of Shiite Islam, alongside great religious figures including Jesus Christ.
"With the appearance of the promised saviour... and his companions such as Jesus Christ, tyranny will be soon be eradicated in the world."
Ahmadinejad has always been a devotee of the Mahdi, who Shiites believe disappeared more than a thousand years ago and who will return one day to usher in a new era of peace and harmony.
His emphasis on the Mahdi has been a cause of controversy inside Iran with critics saying he would be better solving bread-and-butter domestic problems rather than talking about Iran's divine responsibility.
The truth is that the only safe strategy with Iran is some sort of targeted military strike. It needs to be done soon, because if Obama is elected he is too weak and is far too indebted to the anti-war/anti-military wing of his party . He will not have 20 years to come to a decision on the right course of action to take with Iran as he did with Trinity United.
This guy is in way over his head.
I'm referring not only to Obama, but also to Ahmadinejad.
Dick Morris had a very interesting point tonight on FNC. Obama is a candidate who is tied with John McCain in a year when Democrats are likely to make huge gains in the House and Senate and are far ahead on the generic ballot. He should be up by 20-points right now.
This can only lead one to believe that either he is a seriously flawed candidate whom the Democrats prematurely put their faith in, due large part to his oratory skills, or that when they are forced to have a substantive debate on the issues, the Democrats lose.
Think about that.
John McCain is bashing Obama over his weaknesses in regards to the Iraq issue. This issue is the reason that the GOP is so unpopular in the first place and McCain is using to keep Obama on the defensive and has been doing so for two weeks.
Here's another interesting tid-bit.
Three different polls released this week put John McCain ahead in the State of Michigan. The Democrats cannot win the White House without that state.
Those white collar voters don't seem to be coming home to the Democrats just yet.
Monday, June 02, 2008
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