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