Ahmadinejad Delivers Jihad Ultimatum To Europe
“This is an ultimatum. Don’t complain tomorrow.” These are the words of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Europe today.
Nearly 60 days after the Security Council’s deadline for Iran to halt enrichment passed, Britain’s U.N. Ambassador, Emyr Jones Parry, said today that a draft proposal for Iran sanctions should be delivered to the Security Council early next week. The United States, Britain, France and Germany had been in consultations regarding the text of the proposal this week and it had yet to be seen or considered by Russia or China. But American UN Ambassador John Bolton said that “within a day or two we’ll have something to circulate more broadly in the council.”
As the Security Council session to determine the sanctioned fate of the Islamic Republic looms, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the occasion of al-Qods Day (Jerusalem Day) to rally the Muslim world and openly threaten Europe. Rather than directly condemn European nations such as Britain, France and Germany for supporting sanctions over the Iranian nuclear program, Ahmadinejad instead used the al-Qods Day event to condemn them before a broader Muslim audience for their support of the state of Israel. He openly threatened European states, saying that their continued support of Israel would soon hurt them.
Argued Ahmadinejad, “You should believe that this regime (Israel) cannot last and has no more benefit to you. What benefit have you got in supporting this regime, except the hatred of the nations?” He went on to send Europe an unveiled threat, saying, “We have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away, but you are the neighbors of the nations in this region. We inform you that the nations are like an ocean that is welling up, and if a storm begins, the dimensions will not stay limited to Palestine, and you may get hurt.” It was in a speech on al-Qods Day last year that Ahmadinejad declared that Israel should be “wiped from the map.”
But the nature of Ahmadinejad’s open threat today cannot be fully understood without citing Ahmadinejad’s words that directly preceded the above threat. Unlike the BBC, most media accounts thus far are not including Ahmadinejad’s direct and literal ultimatum. He declared to Europe,
“You imposed a group of terrorists [Israel]… on the region. It is in your own interest to distance yourself from these criminals… This is an ultimatum. Don’t complain tomorrow.”
With the above statement, there is no mistaking Ahmadinejad’s words as a state’s threat of war to be principally waged through the terrorism of jihad. Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, and no words from any of its leaders have ever made it more abundantly clear.
Precisely when ‘tomorrow’ may be is unclear, but when the United Nations had set an earlier deadline for Iran on July 12, that was precisely the date that the Iranian-founded and –supported terrorist group Hizballah launched an attack into Israel which sparked the summer’s Israel-Hizballah war in Lebanon.
Arms, explosives and ammunition continue to pour into Gaza, the epicenter of Ahmadinejad’s foretold widespread violence and Jihad. Today, Egyptian police interdicted a 200-crate shipment of arms and ammunition bound for terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Tunnels are reportedly being dug as Hamas intends to emulate the Iranian-trained Hizballah tactics used in Lebanon over the summer.
As thousands protest the existence of Israel on al-Qods Day, in Pakistan and elsewhere, Ahmadinejad’s ultimatum should be taken with the grave sincerity and literal terms in which it was delivered.