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Thursday, October 27, 2005

In case you have never heard of Iran's key foreign policy ambition or you somehow think this is a legitimate regime with a right to sovereignty and the like, I guess today's news should finally bury those notions:

There has been widespread condemnation of a call by the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for Israel to be "wiped off the map".

At least it is finally clear now and in the open. Seeing that even Old Europe has been roused to condemnation, the Iranian regime's status as a hostile power should now be undisputable. How to deal with the situation is still an open question, but I might point out that Israel now has the full right to take preventive military measures against Iran. The pressure is growing for Western leaders to get their act together one way or another.

PS: For BBC critics I might point out that it is odd that the headline focuses on the condemnation of Ahmadinejad's comments rather than the comments themselves.

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