Iran Threatens Europe; Europe Cowers?

Sounding like the neighborhood bully or perhaps a district mob boss, Iran’s Ahmadinejad threatened Europe today. In a speech to commemorate “Jerusalem Day” in Iran, when Iranians are encouraged to celebrate Palestinian terrorism, Ahmadinejad directed a few words to Europe:

“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 said in nationally broadcast speech Friday.

“We have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away, but you are the neighbors of the nations in this region,” he said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, it appears that Ahmadinejad has exited the blogging world after just one post. His blog does not appear to be online anymore. Although the blog allowed comments, only one comment was ever posted, by someone asking if some technical aspect of the design could be improved. My own comment was never posted.



  1. I wrote about it in a blog post a while ago. Since Ahmadinejad’s blog doesn’t seem to be online anymore, you might check out my blog post, since I quote some from his initial — and only — post. Also, I reprinted the comment I left at his blog on my post here. (Ronan, the blog is preventing me from copying the text from that comment and putting it here. Do you know why that is?)


  2. No idea. Here it is:

    In your post you talk about how honorable Iran was during the Iraq-Iran war by not bombing Iraqi cities and towns. What is your view of Hezbollah firing missiles on Israeli cities and towns after Israel had pulled out of Southern Lebanon? If it is true that Iran chose not to bomb Iraqi cities and towns but limit bombing to Iraqi military targets during the Iran-Iraq war, then why is Iran supporting Hezbollah in shooting rockets into Israel from Southern Lebanon? Is it because the inhabitants of Israel are Jews and therefore it is honorable to bomb civilian targets in Israel?

    John, if he had responded to you, you would have become my all-time hero.


  3. I think they are going to continue forward to find a peaceful resolution to this conflict. If that is called “cowering” well then so be it.

    I wonder though why the author of this post would assume that Europe would cower to a threat from Iran. Iran is not a strong nation compared to European powers. And just how can Iran back a threat against Europe?


  4. Iran can use its trusty tool of terrorism against Europe if it chooses to enforce its grudge. That is precisely what Ahmadinejad is threatening, under my reading of the statement.


  5. John,

    The difference between America and Europe when it comes to acts of terrorism is that Europe has experienced terrorist attacks far more frequently than America has, yet they never once capitulated to terrorists. Yeah, you can bring up Zaperto’s removal of Spanish forces from Iraq as a supposed example, but he promised to remove those troops before the Madrid bombings, and stuck with that promise regardless of what terrorists did. It seems Spain was unfazed by that attack in their desires not to participate in Iraq. I don’t see the Spanish cowering. Britain has had to deal with the IRA over the past several decades without capitulating to them. France has had to deal with several terrorist attacks in their modern history. Spain has had the Basque separatists. Italy has had the Red Brigade, etc etc. Why should Europe be afraid of Iran’s “terrorist” threats?


  6. Actually, Dan, as a Briton I am sh*t-scared that London is going to be hit again. I suppose it’s a credit to Blair that terrorism hasn’t deterred him with regard to Iraq. (It is common sense and decency that should be deterring him, but, sadly, it isn’t.)


  7. Ronan,

    The thing that bothers me about the title of this post though is that Europe would somehow “cower” to Ahmadinejad’s threat. Are you cowering? I don’t see you as the type to cower, and frankly I don’t see Europe cowering to Iran. It seems this post was written from the perspective of a neo-con who wrongly perceives Europe as “appeasing” terrorists without actually providing evidence of such. That troubles me because it isn’t accurate, for one thing, and tries to continue playing up a world vision that has now been discredited.


  8. We’ll let John tell us whether he’s a neo-con or not.

    As for me, Ahmedinejad doesn’t make me “cower.” I’m not one that believes his rhetoric to be anything more than that — hot air. We need not think that Iran is going to nuke Europe, or whatever it is we’re supposed to be cowering from. However, the kind of apocalyptic talk that spews out of his mouth is just the kind of crap that encourages the nihilistic murderers who would — without a second’s thought — nuke a European city. Cowering? I hope not. Worried? Yes.


  9. Sure, it is one thing to be worried. I am worried about violence against me and my family from lunatics on a daily basis. I just wonder where some people get this idea that Europe “cowers” under threat.


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