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Duh: Ayatollah Khamenei Says Israel, Iran on "Collision Course"

Iran's Supreme Leader (which is like Iran's regular leader, only with extra toppings) said today that Israel and the Islamic Republic were on a "collision course" and that Iran's hostility extended not just to the government of Israel, but to the Israeli people themselves.

Let me guess: Death to America?

This might serve as a convenient reminder for the fools who believe Khamenei is "more moderate" than Ahmadinejad. From the LA Times article:
Iran's highest authority lashed out against Israel today with some of his harshest comments about the Jewish state in recent memory.

Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the black-turbaned ayatollah who is Iran's top political and military figure, said that Iran's hostility to Israel extended to the Israeli people, as well as the government, brushing aside recent peaceful overtures by top Iranian officials to ordinary people in the Jewish state.
I love when I hear people dismiss the threat posed by Ahmadinejad by saying that he's "just a puppet," and that "the real power is in the hands of the Ayatollah." While this is true, you're completely missing the point. The Ayatollah is responsible for putting Ahmadinejad into power in the first place, after a sham election which was rigged to ensure his victory.

Are these people even listening to themselves? The man who threatens other nations, denies the holocaust ever happened, and executes gays is the puppet, and you don't worry about the motives of the puppetmaster?

Here's some more rhetoric from Iran's Islamist leader:

January 2nd, 2005
: "Today, the issue of the Islamic revival has spread from east, or at least from Pakistan, to the west and North Africa. The people are demanding Islam...this is a great threat to America. They admit that their interests are threatened and they are correct."

September 4th, 2005
: "The only way to confront the Zionist enemy is the continuation and fortification of resistance and Jihad."

February 20th, 2006
: "The only way to succeed is to continue to resist the [Israeli] occupation...The Palestinian people knew voting for Hamas marks the continuation of fighting against the Zionist occupation regime."

July 17th, 2006
: "This regime [Israel] is an infectious tumour for the entire Islamic world." On Hezbollah disarming: "This will never happen."

July 28th, 2007
: "The Zionist regime and the American government are the main enemies of Iran, and hatred for America is deepening every day around the globe."

Khamenei is right about one thing. It's gonna get ugly.

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