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What do you think the Iran president will do to Israel?

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2010-11-16 20:50:30

Iran's president will rail about the zionist Israel, claiming

that they have no right to exist, and attempt to provoke other

countries to respond. If countries do respond, it only helps his

cause and helps to highlight it. This cause only serves to further

nationalist sentiment, and distract from domestic issues. He is all

talk and little action.

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"Well, Ahmadinejad is a ceremonial president. He is a

little bit more active, has stronger links to the Iranian

Revolutionary Guards Corps than his predecessor, Mohammad Khatami,

who, by the way -- the previous president of Iran -- has upbraided

Ahmadinejad for his comments regarding Holocaust denial. So

Ahmadinejad is -- he is not commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

He can't order anybody to kill anybody. He can't launch a war. He

can't launch missiles. Those powers are vested in the Supreme

Jurisprudent, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad can, you

know, cut the ribbons and open bridges and things like that. So the

American right's fascination with him is entirely misplaced, and

it's because he's a quirky character and he has objectionable

views, and so it's easy to use him to demonize Iran." JUAN


Trita Parsi is author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret

Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States. Our guest also,

Ervand Abrahamian, Iran expert, Distinguished Professor at Baruch

College. I wanted, Professor Abrahamian, to read from Juan Cole's

piece, who says, talking about Ahmadinejad, "He has been depicted

as a Hitler figure intent on killing Israeli Jews, even though he

is not commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces, has never

invaded any other country, denies he is an anti-Semite, has never

called for any Israeli civilians to be killed, and allows Iran's

20,000 Jews to have representation in Parliament," that Khamenei is

the one with the real power.

Iran is the country that is in danger. It is not a danger to


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