The Thug-in-Chief has been fairly quiet in recent months, perhaps due to upcoming elections. But ultimately, he just couldn’t help himself.
“Ahmadinejad: Shoah not Germany’s concern,” from YNet News, April 11:
Ahmadinejad trying to rewrite history once again? The Iranian president told German weekly magazine Der Spiegel in an interview published Saturday that “the controversy over the Holocaust is not an issue for the German people.”
Addressing the Palestinians’ situation, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “We are defending more than the basic rights of oppressed Palestinians. Our proposal for resolving the Middle East conflict is that the Palestinians should be allowed to decide their own future in a free referendum.
“Do you think it right that some European countries and the United States support the occupying regime and the unnatural Zionist state, but condemn Iran, merely because we are defending the rights of the Palestinian people?”
The Iranian president, who has already denied Israel’s right to exist in the past, was asked how he would act if the Palestinians were to decide on a solution of two states for two people. “If that were what they decided, everyone would have to accept this decision,” he replied.
“And you too would have to recognize Israel,” the interviewer said.
Refraining for a direct answer, Ahmadinejad responded, “Let me put it this way, facetiously: Why did the Germans cause so much trouble back then, allowing these problems to arise in the first place? The Zionist regime is the result of World War II. What does any of this have to do with the Palestinian people? Or with the Middle East region? I believe that we must get to the root of the problem. If one doesn’t consider the causes, there can be no solution.”
That, of course, is inaccurate. The foundations for a restored Jewish state were being laid well before the Second World War — for example, the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Facts are stubborn things.
At this stage the interviewer asked whether by “getting to the root of the problem” the Iranian leader was referring to wiping out Israel.
“It means claiming the rights of the Palestinian people. I believe that this is to everyone’s benefit, to that of America, Europe and Germany,” Ahmadinejad said.
“Do you believe that the German people support the Zionist regime?” he asked. “Do you believe that a referendum could be held in Germany on this question? If you did allow such a referendum to take place, you would discover that the German people hate the Zionist regime.” […]
On a separate note:
According to Ahmadinejad, “Great things are happening in the United States. I believe that the Americans are in the process of initiating important developments.”