Iran at war with U.S.
© 2005 G2 Bulletin
Publishing date: 19.01.2006 21:18
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Tehran last fall, in which he called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth, got a healthy amount of coverage by the international media.
Yet, despite the number of stories published and broadcast, a key element of that address to "The World Without Zionism" conference was overlooked, ignored — spiked, if you will — by major press organizations.
It wasn't just a world without Zionism and Israel that Ahmadinejad and his friends in Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups were envisioning. It was a world without the United States of America.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it is literally true. Examine for yourself the photos published here of Ahmadinejad addressing the Tehran conference Oct. 26, 2005.
Some of them will look very familiar. Those showing the Iranian president gesticulating at a podium showing the name of the conference were published worldwide — from Al-Jazeera to the Associated Press. But those showing a wider view — and the complete poster for the event — are getting their biggest audience yet here in G2B.
It is worth noting that Ahmadinejad didn't just stroll up to the podium. The Iranian government actually produced the visual aids you see here.
Yes, that is a ball representing the USA cracked at the bottom of that hourglass —with another representing Israel falling later.
It wasn't just the imagery of the conference that was overlooked, ignored, unreported and underplayed by the world press. It was also the anti-American substance of Ahmadinejad's speech.
"Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?" he asked. "But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved."
What is he talking about?
Iran has developed a strategic "war preparation plan" for what it calls the "destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization."
The chief architect of that plan, Hassan Abbassi, says it involves making "use of everything we have at hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of our missiles."
"There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West," he elaborates. "We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them."
Iran does not believe America has the will to take it on militarily — at least not with another Iraqi-style invasion.
"The Americans are not ready to send a million men," he says.
Oddly, and surprisingly, Iran's strategic plan doesn't mention destroying what it calls "the little Satan" first. What is known about it suggests it involves taking on "the big Satan" — the U.S. — first.
"Once we have defeated the Anglo-Saxons," says Abbassi, "the rest will run for cover."
This was the context through which Ahmadinejad's address to 4,000 "students" — including soldiers for a variety of terrorist organization — organized by the Association of Islamic Students Societies.
"I am grateful to God for giving me the great pleasure of speaking at this very important gathering," he said. "I thank God for seeing the pious faces of you, the valiant, aware, God-fearing and selfless children of the revolution, who understand with vigilance and intelligence the most important issues of our times and are active with great zest and in a decisive way in the most central issues of the Islamic world. I thank God for the presence of you dear young people."
From there, Ahmadinejad wasted no time getting directly to the point.
"The real question is what is Zionism?" he said "No doubt there have been many discussions in this conference on this issue and you have made studies in this regard, and you may know what I want to emphasize, but it is something worth mentioning.
We must see what the real story of Palestine is. Is the conflict in Palestine a war between some Jews on the one side and Muslims and non-Jews on the other side? Is it a war between the Jews and other faiths? Is it the war of one country with other countries? Is it the war of one country with the Arab world? Is the conflict only over the limited lands of Palestine? I think the answer to all these questions is negative."
He went on to explain that the establishment of Israel was "a heavy move by the globally dominant system and Global Arrogance against the Islamic world. There is a historic battle going on between the Oppressor World and the Islamic world and the roots of this conflict go back hundreds of years."
He said Israel was created by the oppressors as "the bridgehead for its domination of the Islamic world. Bridgehead is a military term in warfare. When two divisions or armies are fighting each other, if one side advances and breaks through the front and captures a piece of enemy territory and builds up fortifications and strengthens its hold to make it a base for further territorial expansion, then we call this a bridgehead."
"The battle that is going on in Palestine today, therefore, is the frontline of the conflict between the Islamic world and the Oppressor World," he explained. "It is a battle of destiny that will determine the fate of hundreds of years of conflict in Palestine."
Most of the media coverage, however, stopped with Ahmadinejad's call for the elimination of Israel. But that was only half the speech — and half the conference. He went on to offer a vision of a world without Israel and the U.S. — and explained that the objective is achievable.
"They say how could we have a world without America and Zionism?" he said. "But you know well that this slogan and goal can be achieved and can definitely be realized. To those who doubt, to those who ask is it possible, or those who do not believe, I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible."
Hamas' representative at the conference, Abu Osama Abd-al-Moti, said later: "With your help and support and the support of the entire Islamic nation, our people can remain steadfast and confront Israel and America until this cancerous gland is removed."
It was clear throughout the conference — from both the speeches and the props — that America was as much the enemy as Israel.
Ahmadinejad, a veteran of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards, took office in August after scoring a landslide win in a June presidential election. He spoke at the conference of a "historic war" taking place in the world today.
"It dates backs hundreds of years," he said. "Sometimes Islam has advanced. Sometimes nobody was winning. Unfortunately over the past 300 years, the world of Islam has been in retreat."
Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said following the speech, "I think it reconfirms what we have been saying about the regime in Iran. It underscores the concerns we have about Iran's nuclear intentions."
It's worth noting that the sponsoring organization held a conference last year called "A World Without America."
An official video, with footage from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when both planes hit the World Trade Center, was shown at the conference. Classical music played as another image appeared with the word "America" spelled out in flames. Each letter disappeared -- leaving an empty screen. As the video continued, the music grew louder and the words "The World Without America" appeared in English and Farsi - accompanied by a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty's body had a skull imposed on it.
Ayatollah Khomeini could be heard in the background: "Oh sleepy ones, oh distracted ones, wake up and look around you: You have built your house near wolves' dens. Rise, this is no place to sleep. We must shout: Rise up soon because the world is not safe from the hunter. America is lurking for you, and will not give up until it destroys you completely. Indeed, if there was a global mobilization of Muslims, would anyone dare to be so impudent and act so cruelly toward the spiritual offspring of the Messenger of Allah?"
The new rhetoric arising from Iran comes at a time when it is becoming increasingly clear that Iran is actively supporting Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network — materially and financially.
In his new book, "Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran," Kenneth Timmerman interviews dozens of Iranian defectors and officials, examines classified documents and debriefs high-level intelligence sources. He paints a picture of an Iranian nuclear program already in place and active cooperation between Shiite Tehran and Sunni al-Qaida.