Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Iranian Press today and probably tomorrow, too

The Iranian Press is like that of many oppressive countries--foreign dignitaries arrive and leave, Iran is always strengthening ties with this or that country, various officials make virtually identical pronouncements--but it has its own distinctive, Israel-obsessed flavor. Ahmadinejad made the seemingly odd, but actually just inarticulately hostile announcement, for instance, that "Israel has no place in the Middle East." OK, if you say so.

Ahmadinejad also met with Khalid Meshal, head of the Hamas Politburo. A said that "Zionists and other enemies, after their failure in the military scene, are now trying to use political tricks to achieve their goals" while Meshal "by praising supports of the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian government and nation, stressed on the continuation of resistance against the Zionist regime." Speaking in Damascus, A stated "The Zionist occupiers are destructive microbes." He says a lot of stuff like that. A also met with "palestinian leaders" in Damascus:
President Ahmadinejad also met and conferred with members of other Damascus-based Palestinian groups including Ahmed Jibril Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command; Abu Musa Secretary of the Fatah Intifada central committee; Muhammed Khalifa Secretary general of Palestine Liberation War Front-runners, Secretary General of the Palestinian Public Struggle Front; Khaled Abdul-Majid, Secretary General of the Palestinian Revolutionary Communist Party; Arabi Awad, Maher Taher, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Ali Aziz member of the Political Bureau of the Palestine Liberation Front.
That joint was jumpin'! Iranian rhetoric often has a certain pompous vagueness. According to ISNA (the Iranian Students News Agency, reminiscent in name of North Korea's Youth Power Stations and Youth Motorways) Foreign Minister Mottaki stated that Iran is "set to help Britain understand realities." That's nice, everyone should try to understand realities. That's what I found on a bunch of Iranian news sites today. Tomorrow there will be a bunch of new variations on the same themes. I might even do a post about it.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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