Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ahmadinejad Goes Bush

Haaretz reported:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled what Iran is calling the country's first long-range drone, saying that Iran should seek the ability to make preemptive strikes against a perceived threat, although he said it would never strike first.

"If there is an ignorant person or an egotist or a tyrant who just wanted to make an aggression then our Defense Ministry should reach a point where it could cut off the hand of the aggressor before it decided to make an aggression," he said.

"We should reach a point when Iran would serve as a defense umbrella for all freedom loving nations in the face of world aggressors. We don't want to attack anywhere, Iran will never decide to attack anywhere, but our revolution cannot sit idle in the face of tyranny, we can't remain indifferent."

Words like this ensure escalation. President George W. Bush said "you're either with us, or against us." Bush was the first to use preemptive war on the world stage. Jerusalem Post reported:

Speaking to a group of officials Ahmadinejad said, "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship."

Ironically, the next war may have both sides citing their peaceful, preemptive motivations.

Update: Later in the day Ahmadinejad offered his version of "Bring it On" to Israel and the U.S.