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exacerbated fears among many Lebanese—particularly Sunnis and Christians—that Iran and Hezbollah are seeking to impose their will on the country and possibly pull Lebanon into a conflict with Israel.

Welcome to the lovely world of being a pawn of Iran. You'll find that you're life is worth about as much as it can be used to killed Jews.

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Ahmadinejad is a tool

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Ahmadinejad taunts Israel from border with Lebanon

Iran has absolutely no historical claim to either Israel or Palestine. This goon is gunning for Caliphate.

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Ahmadinejad taunts Israel from border with Lebanon

Thank goodness the one thing we can depend on is the stupidity of Islamic leaders.

"The world should know that Zionists will perish,”

But without Israel, who will the Muslim world blame for their failures?

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Tehran is 1569 km from Jerusalem. Whats with this idiot? He shares no border near Israel.

I also wonder who the Muslim world will blame for their own failures. I wish that Israel didn't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to take this whacko out once and for all.

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Are israel and Iran any different?

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Though I don't support Iran.I can see that all the posts so far are pro-Israel and anti-Arab/Muslim.

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Are israel and Iran any different?

Quite: area, population, language, geography, religions. I'm sure there are a few other things that make them different.

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Are israel and Iran any different?

Yes, you capitalized one countries name but not the other?

One has a leader who was voted out by the people but refused to leave.

It's called a dictator.

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Irans support for terrorism? The US has supported terrorism for years. Lets face it, they don`t like each other. Nothing new in a crazy and out of control world.

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Are israel and Iran any different? Sure. One is a pariah to the USA and the other is a pariah to everyone else.

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Iran is not a bad country, but it's leaders are asking for trouble, and foolish American republicans want to start a war with Iran, which is just as smart as boxer with a broken leg to try and take on 2 other boxers, considering the USA is already bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq!!!Let this little weasel have fun down there in Lebanon, but Israel knows not to start anything now, American will not allow it.

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He's a Persian, traditional enemy of the Arabs. Enemy of my enemy is my friend and some stupid religious link (althoough Sunnis hate Shias too) putting these together. As for taunting Israel, that has a long history of yielding results.

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give Israel land and they make it a properous country. Give Arabs the land and they dig cockroach tunnels and train to kill innocent people.

Gee, wonder why we take Israel's side.. hmm..

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This Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an absolute nut job. He's seems to be real good at one thing and that's pouring fuel on fire. I hate his creepy speeches when denies the holocaust. Make no bones about it, what happened up in Auswitch and hundreds of other death camps must never be forgotten or denied. It's what defines our future and fight for freedom of tyranny.

When I lived in Australia for a few years, I met some Iranian folks. Great people! Very warm hearted and kindly. They ran away from Iran years ago seeking FREEDOM!

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Days after Israel ended its two-decade occupation of south Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah’s leader gave a victory speech here in which he said Israel is “weaker than a spider’s web”—a phrase that adorns a wall of the stadium along with photographs of weeping Israeli soldiers.

A society that builds monuments to denigrate it's enemies, rather than to celibrate it's own achievements, is a society that is fundimentally ill.

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Someone last year disclosed that Ahmadinejad comes from a Jewish family and the change of his family name happened relatively recently so that you can still find the former Jewish-origin name in his national ID. This whistle-blower suggested Ahmadinejad's attack on Jews was just a projection and a denial of his own roots. You can find the full report on Israeli newscasters on the Internet.

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A society that builds monuments to denigrate it's enemies, rather than to celebrate it's own achievements, is a society that is fundamentally ill.

Agreed. Lebanon's case is instructive. It is an absolute tragedy how militant Islam has transformed and basically ruined that nation.

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Are israel and Iran any different?

Yes, very much so, Iran is a peaceful country that has not attacked anyone in centuries. The same certainly cannot be said about Israel as the UN's Goldstone Report recently demonstrated.

Ahmadinejad is not afraid to stand up to people accused by the UN of having committed war criminals. That is why the controlled media hate him.

Iran has absolutely no historical claim to either Israel or Palestine.

Actually, neither do the Israelis.

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Agreed. Lebanon's case is instructive. It is an absolute tragedy how militant Islam has transformed and basically ruined that nation.

Lebanon was fine until Israel thought it would be a good idea to invade and bomb the cr@p out of the country. Once Israel left the country, it's getting back to it's feet again. If Israel could give back Lebanon what is theirs, wouldn't that be nice?

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This whistle-blower suggested Ahmadinejad's attack on Jews was just a projection and a denial of his own roots.

There is just one thing. He does not attack Jews, he has nothing against Jews. His problems are with Israel, not Jews; big difference.

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nedinjapan:

" Someone last year disclosed that Ahmadinejad comes from a Jewish family and the change of his family name happened relatively recently so that you can still find the former Jewish-origin name in his national ID. This whistle-blower suggested Ahmadinejad's attack on Jews was just a projection and a denial of his own roots. "

That speculation totally ignores the context of the whole thing. The hatred of Jewish state is based on radical islamic teaching and shared across the muslim world. There is no point in making it personal.

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I don't believe the problem is racism, racial segregation, oppression, apartheid, etc... It is violence. Violence is the cause, not the result. Violence caused all these problems, and violence will solve nothing. People are trapped in a cycle of violence. The reasons actually mean nothing.

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his visit exacerbated fears among many Lebanese—particularly Sunnis and Christians

And for good reason. I would not want to be a Christian living in Lebanon. Look up "Brigitte Gabriel". She's a Christian who was persecuted by the Muslims in Lebanon, and fortunately got out. Lebanon was once known as the Paris of the ME. That was before Islam became the dominant religion and predictably destroyed it.

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Lebanon was once known as the Paris of the ME.

I always heard it as "Beirut ('s beaches), the Riviera of the middle east".

It does not make sense to analogize a whole country to a city.

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It does not make sense to analogize a whole country to a city.

My mistake. I meant Beirut was once known as the Paris of the ME. But Muslims have destroyed the city and the country so the point's the same.

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Maybe Ahmadinejad will come and round you guys up too, a bunch of first worlders who do nothing about anything except for themselves. There are billions of us who will probably be supporting him too. Watch us, while you do nothing as usual.

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Iran has absolutely no historical claim to either Israel or Palestine

Tim, iran isnt making any claim,..but the zionists, who do make such claims have no right to palestine...

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The Iranian leader also visited the village of Qana, where an Israeli airstrike in 2006 killed dozens. In 1996, Israeli artillery killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians in Qana.

How touching. Any visits to Hama, in neighboring Syria? Up to 20,000 Syrians were killed in a single rampaging massacre by Assad Sr, yet all his successor had to do was signal his Jew hatred was sincere and all was forgiven.

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Maybe Ahmadinejad will come and round you guys up too, a bunch of first worlders who do nothing about anything except for themselves. There are billions of us who will probably be supporting him too. Watch us, while you do nothing as usual.

Well taken jhk. You clearly demonstrate why first-worlders need to wake up to this menace and do something about it.

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Why are you censoring comments JT?

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neogreenjapan: ethnic cleansing of the native Palestinian people since the creation of Israel.

How is there ethnic cleansing when there are over a million "Palestinians" living in Israel and the "Palestinian" populations in the West Bank and Gaza have one the highest growth rates in the world? Ethnic cleansing results in decreased populations, like the Jews and Christians from virtually every Muslims country.

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my letter to Japan todays editor: Hello editor Ive read an AP article on JT: ... which is not only shoddy journalism, making claims about president Ahmadinejad that have been proven false for years:

'Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly said Israel should be wiped off the map and denied the Holocaust'

but that any attempt to post the truth:

'The full quote translated directly to English:

"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".

Word by word translation:

Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).'

gets deleted by a unknown 'moderator'(aka censor), who told one commentator:

'"Moderator: Please note that Ahmadinejad has called for wiping Israel off the map. This is not in dispute, so every time you deny it on the JT discussion board, you not only post an inflammatory and offensive message, but you also make yourself look foolish. If you wish to continue posting on JT..."'

This is completely unacceptable...and will only serve to prove that quality journalism is in a steady decline.

regards

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Eyeblack: I don't believe the problem is racism...

I'm afraid in this case it is about racism. It's about a racist religion that is intolerant of the unbeliever. It seeks to dominate the Infidel through Sharia law and Dhimmitude. There's unfortunately no other choice but to confront it.

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He does not attack Jews

Sorry, this is not true. Ahmadinejad has in fact specifically 'attacked' Jews (using the word 'Jews') in discussions (read that as 'more than once') which were completely unrelated to Israel. These comments can be quite easily researched for those interested.

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Yes truthhurts...thetruth DOES hurt..What truthhurts leaves out is that israel has waged a war against Lebanon, killing 1200 personjs mostly civilians, oppresses the palestinians, attacked vessels in internatinal waters killing 9 on board, and runs guns to dictatorial regimes.... Ahmadinejad is right in what he says...

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Ahmadinejad is right in what he says.

Yep, I find he is spot-on on just about everything!

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Ahmadinejad does not attack Jews, he only attacks murderers.

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Ahmadinejad could attack Jews as much as he wants in Iran but he doesn't.

Ahmadinejad cannot do very much without the approval of his superiors. However, you should be aware that my use of 'attack' referred to the verbal variety.

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Ahmadinejad is only allowed to exist in the world because he's surrounded by other neanderthals who have the resources to support him. But he can't stop evolution. At some point men like him will be wax figures in museums to show how uncivilized humans once were. This guy should be leading a local chapter of the KKK, not an entire nation. Thankfully most Iranians do not support him.

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Ahmadinejad does not attack Jews

He has done so several times actually. Google it for yourself.

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Thankfully most Iranians do not support him.

However, his superiors, in general, do.

What I find amazing is the utter silence about the fact that Iran still has for decades now an order for a hit out on a civilian of another nation merely for writing a novel.

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Most iranians do support president Ahmadinejad and his govt.

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If he is indeed 'taunting' Israel, he is asking to get popped in the face.

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Ahmadinejad should get his DNA tested. There is a very real possibility that he may have Jewish ancestors.

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If he is Jewish or not is irrelevant as there are many Jews against the state of Israel and Jews in Iran have the same rights as others.

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Jews in Iran have the same rights as others.

They do not enjoy all of the rights as other citizens of Iran. However, you correct that Ahmadinejad's ancestry should have nothing to do with whether one agrees or disagrees with him.

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I'm no fan of Ahmadinejad. But I think the smear campaign especially from US is over the top. And most of the smear campaign if you stop reading US media you will soon find out that it is false.

Ahmadinejad does not hate Jews and Jews in Iran are not persecuted. 25,000 Jews live in Iran and they are not discriminated.

*BBC News, Tehran

Yazd synagogue, Iran The Jewish presence dates back nearly 3,000 years. Although Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel.

About 25,000 Jews live in Iran and most are determined to remain no matter what the pressures - as proud of their Iranian culture as of their Jewish roots.

"Anti-Semitism is not an eastern phenomenon, it's not an Islamic or Iranian phenomenon - anti-Semitism is a European phenomenon," he says, arguing that Jews in Iran even in their worst days never suffered as much as they did in Europe. *

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Historically Jews have been much better off in Middle East than in Europe. It is Christians who have been responsible for the senseless killings of Jews. Christian Europeans.

Despite Ahmadinejad's faults. His disregard for free speech and his over the top Islam fundamentalistic attitudes. He raises 2 good questions.

Why should the Palestinians pay for the crime committed by Germans in WW2?

If Ahmadinejad hates Jews then why did the majority of Iran’s Jews vote for Ahmadinejad in recent presidential elections?

Jews in Iran are free to go to Israel if they wish. But most are determined to stay because Jews have been living in Iran for 3000 years.

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arguing that Jews in Iran even in their worst days never suffered as much as they did in Europe. *

Is this quote supposed to convince anyone that Jews have the same rights as other citizens of Iran? Seems to me that one could expect quite the opposite reaction upon reading it.

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"The world should know that Zionists will perish"

Not in I'minajihad's lifetime.

sabiwabi: "I find he is spot-on on just about everything"

Why am I not surprised?

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Is this quote supposed to convince anyone that Jews have the same rights as other citizens of Iran? Seems to me that one could expect quite the opposite reaction upon reading it.

The quote is from BBC apparently quoting a Jewish Iranian in Iran. I've never been to Iran so can't say from first hand knowledge but BBC is seen as a fairly reliable source,so..

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BBC is seen as a fairly reliable source,so

Not saying I don't believe the quote. I am suggesting it is far from sterling praise of Iran.

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Indeed, the controlled media, the same one that is pro-Israel in the extreme, wants to hide the fact that Ahmadinejad might have some very rational reasons for hating the Israeli regime by trying to convince us that he has some irrational hatred of Jews.

Is this quote supposed to convince anyone that Jews have the same rights as other citizens of Iran?

Are you implying that in Israel all people have equal rights? They certainly do not; they never did.

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So Ahmadinejad comes to Lebanon to provoke Israel. Lebanon will be the one to pay in the end if there is a conflict. Ahmadinejad wants a proxy war. Lenanon is one of the few countries in the Middle East where for many years Christians and Muslims have lived together in peace. Lebanon though weak is a success which apparently Ahmadinejad would like to destroy. I hope that the leadership of Hezbollah is smart enough to see they are being played by Iran but unfortunately I doubt they do.

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One last thought as witneesed by the article the Israelis are playing right into his hands as well.

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So Ahmadinejad comes to Lebanon to provoke Israel.

The controlled media does indeed try very hard to give us the impression that is the reason for the visit, just to piss Israel off. Instead, I think he came to show support to Lebanon. What is wrong with that?

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"“Look what a nation, what a state and what an army the state of Israel has. We will continue building, we will continue to create our state and we will know well how to defend ourselves.”"

Yeah, Bibi. But don't forget to thank to US taxpayers for the generous loans & free MONEY amounting in value of hundreds of BILLIONS (maybe a trillion?) since independence. A silent majority within the US are annoyed that their tax dollars are supporting Israel and its policies. Talk about misrepresentation WITH taxation.

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neogreenjapan: Ahmadinejad does not hate Jews

Your statements offend the sensibilities of rational people all over the world. We aren't stupid. We know exactly what people like you are about. And you know that we know. So what's your purpose?

Your purpose is to create noise. When the truth is so blindly obvious the only thing you can really do is try your best to get people to not look directly at it. So that's your job. Day in and day out. You're like a big blanket trying to cover the blinding ignorance of relics like Ahmadinejad because the only world that makes sense to you is the upside-down neanderthal fantasyland of a raving loon. You're either spreading hatred or protecting your Dear Leader who got his position because he spreads hatred better than you do.

The man is simply a stain on humanity who gets his mandate from the uncivilized, unsilent minority of drive-in-movie-headed, like-minded neanderthals. The year is 2010. Your time ended sometime last century. Looks like extinction has some holes to plug.

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This coward would only get up to 4 clicks from Israel's border. IDF Helicopters were buzzing all over the border during this provocation. Had he moved any closer, he might have been in range of small arms fire.

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We aren't stupid. We know exactly what people like you are about. And you know that we know.

Actually, those statements reek of stupidity.

I think US is out of order to accuse Iran for oppressing Jews in Iran and out of order not to try to differentiate between Zionism and Judaism. Iran is out of order with provoking west with having Holocaust meetings and the hard line talk from Ahmadinejad will only widen the gaps in the Middle East when it should be the opposite.

This is a very fair and balanced statement. Ahmadinejad is nothing much beyond a cartoonish figure with very little real power to move events in Iran. He does serve a purpose for the real power, however.

There is most definitely an evil strain within the nation of Israel. (One thinks of Meir Kahane and his ilk.) I don't know if "Zionist" is too all-encompassing of a word to describe them, but they do certainly exist and have a great deal of influence over the direction of Israeli policy.

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Lenanon is one of the few countries in the Middle East where for many years Christians and Muslims have lived together in peace. Lebanon though weak is a success which apparently Ahmadinejad would like to destroy.

It was israel NOT Iran that attacked lebanon in 1982 and 2006...killing thousands of people, and aided by lebanese christians. Dont blame Iran or president ahmadinejad

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Are you implying that in Israel all people have equal rights?

I am talking about Iran. That is why I mentioned the country by name.

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The controlled media

I think you use this term to describe any news you disagree with.

The fact remains that a simple google search reveals Ahmadinejad has in fact attacked Jews. To say otherwise about this extremely provable fact is to further weaken your argument.

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yabits,

I don't know if "Zionist" is too all-encompassing of a word to describe them

In general this word seems to be used by some individuals to describe Jews full stop.

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yabits: Ahmadinejad is nothing much beyond a cartoonish figure with very little real power

So he's more like a quirky Uncle who sometimes gets invited to the family gatherings. Nothing to see here.

yabits: There is most definitely an evil strain within the nation of Israel.

The Jews, on the other hand, are pure evil.

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I think he came to show support to Lebanon

C'mon sabi. He came to support his proxy Hezbollah terrorists and incite them with anti-Israel rants.

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It was israel NOT Iran that attacked lebanon in 1982 and 2006...killing thousands of people, and aided by lebanese christians. Dont blame Iran or president ahmadinejad

Yes, and both times it was Hezbollah that defended the Lebanese people, and they are labeled terrorists!!!

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He came to support his proxy Hezbollah terrorists and incite them with anti-Israel rants.

No, he came to show support to the Lebanese people. The Lebanese military did absolutely nothing to defend its people when Israel attacked and murdered over 1000 civilians. It has always been Hezbollah, and only Hezbollah, who defended Lebanon from real terrorism.

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The Lebanese military did absolutely nothing to defend its people

There were quite a number of casualties amongst the Lebanese Army in that conflict. I doubt that they would look favorably on your view of their sacrifice.

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There were quite a number of casualties amongst the Lebanese Army in that conflict.

Yeah, 28 died. And we also know that the Israeli regime also bombed Lebanese army bases. I bet that is where the fatalities were. As far as I know, unlike Hezbollah, the Lebanese army did nothing (or very little) to defend their country against the Israeli attack.

I am glad that Iran is supporting them. Hezbollah deserves all all support.

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Israel bombed both Hezbollah and Lebanese Army bases which lead to a large number of casualties amongst both groups. As I said, I doubt the families of these soldiers would share your views on their sacrifice. Maybe that is just me.

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yabits: Ahmadinejad is nothing much beyond a cartoonish figure with very little real power.

He's one of the world's leaders of hate speech and sponsors of terrorism. Stop trying to play him off as a harmless cartoon figure just because Israel is your enemy.

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He's one of the world's leaders of hate speech and sponsors of terrorism. Stop trying to play him off as a harmless cartoon figure just because Israel is your enemy.

The MSM portrays him as a crazy cartoon character, but that is just because they do not like what he says.

He speaks about peace, not hate; he speaks the truth. He criticizes groups that are constantly killing innocent civilians, how could that be hate speech?

Despite what puppet leaders and controlled media say, he does not sponsor terrorism. He sponsors groups who defend civilians from terrorism; very big difference!

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As I said, I doubt the families of these soldiers would share your views on their sacrifice. Maybe that is just me.

Yeah, it is just you.

Nothing you have written indicates that the Lebanese army fought against the murderous invading IDF. Those who died were probably simply at their base where they always are, everyday, regardless of whether there is peace or a major deadly invasion. It is a terrible shame they died, but I have not seen anything to indicate that they died fighting the murderous invaders.

Hezbollah, on the other hand, did courageously fight back to defend the Lebanese people. Many of them died fighting, as they gave the Israelis a well deserved beating.

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He's one of the world's leaders of hate speech and sponsors of terrorism.

How, specifically, does Ahmadinejad "sponsor terrorism?"

A "world leader in hate speech?" That's about as dumb a statement as the ones Mahmoud makes.

Stop trying to play him off as a harmless cartoon figure just because Israel is your enemy.

First off, the claim that "Israel is my enemy" is sheer stupidity. The proponents of hatred, whether they be the Ahmadinejad-types or the Kahane/Koch-Party types, certainly aren't friends of my nation and what it used to stand for. Your snide and dumb comments imply that you think that Israel does not have its own brand of haters.

Secondly, the more that Ahmadinejad is seen as a cartoonish figure by the Iranians themselves -- which he certainly is -- the less powerful he has become.

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Yeah, it is just you.

I don't think it is just me. You see the Lebanese Army were not the ones that provoked the war, Hezbollah was. You don't believe it? Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has admitted 2006 that had he known his ordering the capture of Israeli soldiers in a cross border raid into Israel would lead to the war it did, he never would have done it. His mistake cost the lives of members of the Lebanese Army in addition to the lives of innocent civilians in Lebanon.

Now, it seems, Ahmadinejad would like to mimic the mistake of Hassan Nasrallah. You may see something to cheer about in this. However, I for one, do not.

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He criticizes groups that are constantly killing innocent civilians, how could that be hate speech?

Ahmadinejad has criticized people based on their Jewish faith. I think many would consider this hate speech. His country has continued to have an order for a hit out on a civilian from another country for merely writing a book. I think many would also consider this hate speech.

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the more that Ahmadinejad is seen as a cartoonish figure by the Iranians themselves -- which he certainly is -- the less powerful he has become.

This is not particularly true as Ahmadinejad has superiors, whom he represents on the world stage, who so far seem quite happy to keep his status as powerful as it has been.

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This is not particularly true as Ahmadinejad has superiors, whom he represents on the world stage, who so far seem quite happy to keep his status as powerful as it has been.

"Seem quite happy?" Then you haven't read or heard of the many criticisms coming from higher ups like Rafsanjani about the Ahmadinejad administration's mismanagement of the economy. Most Iranians face a standard of living on the continual decline -- and that trumps everything else as far as most Iranians are concerned.

He's a useful stooge on an ever-shorter leash.

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As Rafsanjani is not the only superior member, Rafsanjani's protests have had little or no effect on Ahmadinejad. His daughter was arrested during protests following the last election. Ahmadinejad speaks and acts at the general pleasure of his superiors, mainly the Supreme Leader. When he does not, he will be restrained and it will be obvious. What Ahmadinejad is saying and doing in Lebanon is with the approval of the Supreme Leader. It could not be otherwise.

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What Ahmadinejad is saying and doing in Lebanon is with the approval of the Supreme Leader. It could not be otherwise.

You are presenting a straw man. There is no doubt that the trip to Lebanon is something that a vast majority of Iranians feel support for, especially given the warm welcome of their president. It reminds me of the last months of Nixon, who spent a lot of time taking overseas trips -- to places, like Egypt, where he was held in much higher esteem than in his own country. (And rightfully so.)

The Supreme Leader can't directly remove the Iranian President, however. But he does exert an influence behind the scenes. Ahmadinejad has about as much influence and credibility as Nixon in those final days of his presidency. That is to say, next to nothing.

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Ahmadinejad regards Obama as weak. That is why he is doing this. Because he can.

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Ahmadinejad regards Obama as weak.

And MisterCreosote regards Ahmadinejad's opinion as worth something.

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Even this clown Ahmadinejad realizes Obama is more interested in fighting Arizona than he is in trying to counter Iran.

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onsidering the USA is already bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq

Ah the US is not bogged down in Iraq at all, they are getting out and they are already down to less than 50k. If negotiations go well in Afghanistan then the US most likely won't be bogged down in Afghanistan either.

Yes, very much so, Iran is a peaceful country that has not attacked anyone in centuries.

Oh that is a lie, it may not attack directly but certainly attacks indirectly, how about them funding and supplying weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas. When ever Hezbollah attacks Israel that is an attack by Iran on Hezbollah.

Actually, neither do the Israelis.

And neither do the Palestinians.

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"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".

Ok Brianct, if I went to you and said your family occupying the city of tokyo must vanish from the page of time. How would you interpret that?

Hezbollah, on the other hand, did courageously fight back to defend the Lebanese people.

Well its a good thing Hezbollah fought back considering it was them who started the conflict, you talk about the Lebanese army not fighting back, why should the Lebanese military fight Hezbollah's war? Israeli forces were primarily after and targeted Hezbollah forces and bases of support. I have yet to hear a good reason why Lebanese military should have gotten involved in the conflict considering it was a war between Hezbollah and Israel, not Israel and Lebanon. If the war was indeed Israel vs. Lebanon then all of Lebanon would have been attacked but it wasn't. What Hezbollah did was not in defense of Lebanon, considering they are the ones who started the conflict in the first place, but them fighting to survive, not Lebanon's survival but Hezbollah survival.

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yabits: How, specifically, does Ahmadinejad "sponsor terrorism?"

That statement has too much stupidity to even address it. Moving on.

First off, the claim that "Israel is my enemy" is sheer stupidity.

Israel is your enemy. Anyone who says otherwise is lacking even the most basic forms of intelligence.

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Israel is your enemy.

Since neither you nor anyone else can find a single anti-Israel statement I've ever made on these forums, readers see not only how foolishness is so consistent, but how it leads to false and dishonest claims like the one above.

That statement has too much stupidity to even address it.

LOL! Confusing a statement with a question shows a clear lack of mental discernment.

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You are presenting a straw man.

It seems you do not know what this expression means in addition to not understanding Ahmadinejad's role and status in Iran. Ahmadinejad is not in the 'last days of a presidency', he was just reelected (with the full support of the Supreme Leader and the backing of the council) until they disapprove of him, he is not going anywhere. His situation is absolutely nothing like Nixon's. There is no parallel. Nixon was humiliated. Ahmadinejad was vindicated in the recent elections. As to his influence, in country, he suggested the US female prisoner be released which had him lock horns with his 'higher ups' as you put it. He was a hugely popular Mayor of Tehran, which in great part lead to his popularity in the first election to the presidency. He is not an idiot or a stooge. He should not be underestimated. The Supreme Leader and the Council of Elders certainly do not.

Again, Ahmadinejad is not some silly clown going off half-cocked without the controll or knowledge of his elders. The Supreme Leaders influence is certainly not only 'behind the scenes'. Even looking at recent events in Iran one can easily scene that the Supreme Leader's influence is right out in front. Ahmadinejad operates under the pleasure of this influence. This is particularly true with regard to foreign policy as it is not really Ahmadinejad that sets it. His is working under approved policies with Iran's leadership. As it always is, what Ahmadinejad says and does outside of Iran is with the approval of the Supreme Leader. It could not be otherwise.

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yabits: The Supreme Leader can't directly remove the Iranian President, however. But he does exert an influence behind the scenes. Ahmadinejad has about as much influence and credibility as Nixon in those final days of his presidency. That is to say, next to nothing.

Iran has circles of power with no one group really having control over everything at the same time. Ahmadinejad has his place in the government which sometimes has to bow to pressure from others and sometimes can create pressure for others, and at times he can even ignore the Supreme Leader if the political situation is right with the other groups in power.

In the end you're going to need just a little more lipstick to cover that pig of yours.

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Ahmadinejad is not in the 'last days of a presidency', he was just reelected...

I never said that Ahmadinejad was in the last days of his presidency; I compared his influence within Iran to those of Nixon in his last days.

Ahmadinejad was vindicated in the recent elections.

Not by a very large percentage of the Iranian people, who thought the election was stolen.

Yes, Ahmadinejad wanted to release one of the hikers but Iran's judiciary blocked him. (Some power.)

Again, Ahmadinejad is not some silly clown going off half-cocked without the controll or knowledge of his elders.

No. He's a clown going off with the knowledge of many in the ruling body who agree with him, and with the knowledge of many who don't. Like Nixon's "silent majority," there is a sizeable percentage of fundamentalist, conservative Iranians -- those who cling to their guns and Koran -- who support him.

But a larger percentage regard him as a buffoon. As his remarks have brought international opprobrium and sanctions on Iran, for years now the ruling elements have been keeping him on a shorter leash for years now. To the extent that Ahmadinejad continues to be a liability to the nation, the screws will tighten further.

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If the war was indeed Israel vs. Lebanon then all of Lebanon would have been attacked but it wasn't.

You're joking, right? Don't tell me you believe the nonsensical Israeli talking points about precision bombing.

Israel destroyed the entire Lebanese infrastructure, they murdered over 1000 innocent Lebanese civilians. And you see no reason why the Lebanese military should get involved. Even now, Israel violates Lebanese airspace on an almost daily basis; why don't they try to shoot them down.

My guess is that top people in the Lebanese government told them to do nothing; hoping that the carnage would make the Lebanese people hate Hezbollah. These traitors might be the same ones who allowed the deadly Israeli invasion a few decades ago, which lead to the creation of Hezbollah.

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I never said that Ahmadinejad was in the last days of his presidency; I compared his influence within Iran to those of Nixon in his last days.

Yes, and your comparison fails. Ahmadinejad is not and has not experienced any decrease in influence whatsoever. If anything he is stronger than before the election as he no longer has to worry about reelection.

Not by a very large percentage of the Iranian people, who thought the election was stolen.

That is my point. Who do you think this large percentage of the Iranian people think the election was 'stolen' by? Certainly not by Ahmadinejad as he does not hold that kind of power. It is the Council and the Supreme Leader that do and that do hold that 'short leash' you referred to in an earlier post of yours. They hold the lease and if Ahmadinejad's words and actions were not met with the approval of the leaders, they'd pull him back. With all of Ahmadinejad's comments, that you seem to disagree with, there has been no pulling on the leash. Again, if they disagreed, they'd pull it. They don't. So, they don't.

No. He's a clown going off with the knowledge of many in the ruling body who agree with him, and with the knowledge of many who don't. Like Nixon's "silent majority," there is a sizeable percentage of fundamentalist, conservative Iranians -- those who cling to their guns and Koran -- who support him.

I understand you feel his words mark him as a clown. They are probably many who'd agree. However, as you now say, there is a sizable (read that majority including the very powerful Supreme Leader) who support him and his actions and comments. If they did not he would not be allowed to say them. This is especially true with his overseas comments. That is what I was saying from the beginning. I am confused as to what you think you are disagreeing with in my comments up to this point.

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Even now, Israel violates Lebanese airspace on an almost daily basis; why don't they try to shoot them down.

Simple answer? Because they know they would get their 'where the sun does not shine's kicked from there to the moon. They have learned from what Hezbollah's leader admitted was a mistake when he expressed his regret at capturing the Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. Where it that Ahmadinejad would learn it as well.

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In the end you're going to need just a little more lipstick to cover that pig of yours.

LOL! I've been saying all along that it's just a pig. Others have been trying to make the pig into something much more threatening.

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It's the Supreme Leader and the Council who sanction and support Ahmadinejad's words and actions, which are threatening, that should be of concern. With their backing, there is absolutely nothing clownlike about Ahmadinejad's performance. Which has been my point all along.

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Where is the problem if the Lebanese government allowed him to go there?I don't see any.

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Ahmadinejad is an idiot. If he were American, he'd be a tea party favorite.

Taka

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This is pathetic!!!! I have tried to edit this several times and I can't post anything!!!! Please tell me what is wrong with this post!!! What do I need to do to have it, in all it's horrible and seemingly blasphemous glory, posted here? Does the site have some kind of ban on certain words being included in posts or something. It's a joke!

Moderator: We do not allow offensive words as well as http://www. to be posted in comments.

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Can you identify what the offensive words are please. And I have no idea what your reference to the link is. You have me confused for someone else.

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Ahmadinejad is a Loser who runs his mouth alot. many of israel enemies support Terrorists thats a Fact Most countries don't have issues with israel & support them. some will play the religion card BUT the fact is U.A.E & suadi Arabia Don't say crazy things against israel.

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