Date: 2009-07-06 09:32:48
The media today are repeating many times over Ahmadinejad to have said: “Israel must be wiped off the map”. They are therefore responsible in possibly justifying a nuclear war. Don’t they have enough time or brains to look into Wikipedia? Does “shock and awe” persist so deep in their minds that any sense for a policy of deescalation has been pushed aside? en.wikipedia.org/wik… excerpt (Farsi script not shown here): “Wiped off the map” or “Vanish from the pages of time” translation Many news sources repeated the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) statement that Ahmadinejad had demanded that “Israel must be wiped off the map”, an English idiom which means to “cause a place to stop existing”, or to “obliterate totally”, or “destroy completely”. Ahmadinejad’s phrase was ” ???? ?? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ” according to the text published on the President’s Office’s website, and was a quote of Ayatollah Khomeini. According to Juan Cole, a University of Michigan Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History, Ahmadinejad’s statement should be translated as: The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e eshghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad).