MEMRI reports on how Iranian President Ahmadinejad is marking the occasion this year:
President Ahmadinejad gave a series of speeches leading up to and on Quds Day. At an Iftar address on October 14, he discussed his "connection with God" and said: "The president of America is like us. That is, he too is inspired ... but [his] inspiration is of the satanic kind. Satan gives inspiration to the president of America."
Mr. Ahmadinejad delivered his Quds Day speech under a banner that read, "Israel must be wiped off the face of the world." He described the holiday as "a day for confrontation between the Islamic faith with the global arrogance."
In another speech, he said Israel was "doomed" and promised that the Israeli "regime will be gone, definitely."
The words "the Zionist regime is a cancerous gland that needs to be uprooted" were written in a communiqué from the Iranian Foreign Ministry in honor of the holiday. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki held a meeting for other Islamic countries'
ambassadors to Iran and told them that Israel's existence would be shattered and
that death bells were tolling for the Zionists. At the meeting, the Palestinian Arab ambassador to Tehran, Salah Zawawi, said, "The day for the liberation of Quds Day is close at hand."
Aside from the fact that Ahmadinejad is a Jew-hating anti-Western zealot, here's what grates my undercarriage about all of this: Here in the U.S., Democrats having been sounding the alarm for more than six years about the "dangerous" religiousity of President Bush. The fact that he is a literalist Christian, we are told, suggests that he will do all sorts of irrational and inhuman things, just because he believes he is doing God's work. He thinks himself a Crusader of Christ. He seeks to impose his theocratic vision on the world. And so forth. The Left is perpetually apoplectic about President Bush's Christianity.
As a result, the Far Left engages in assassination fantasies and weeps for the death of Western civilization.
Now take Ahmadinejad. He has repeated, over and over, his belief that all non-Muslims must convert or die. He has regularly proclaimed that Israel will be destroyed and that it's his country's right to develop nuclear weapons in pursuit of that end. America, too, is evil according to this Mouthpiece of the Prophet, and its uppance will come. He claims to have witnessed the coming of the 12th Imam, and he even contends that while he addressed the U.N., Allah infused the assembled delegates with his spirit so that they all sat, rapt, and divinely engulfed by his words.
The reaction from liberals? Threat shmeat. We need to talk with him. If only we could stop being so belligerent, and sit down and listen, we could work all of this out. We could come to some agreement, some arrangement, so that he'll stop wanting to destroy us. Maybe if we just jettison the Jews . . . .
Bush must die, but Ahmadinejad must be reasoned with. A dangerously large plurality of this country is delusionally suicidal.
(h/t Power Line)