On the eve of his visit to Cairo, Iranian President Ahmadinejad declared to the world that the nation of Iran is a nuclear state, but he promised not to attack Israel. In an interview published Wednesday by Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Ahmadinejad had several pronouncements for the Western powers and another warning for Israel. As usual, he refused to mention Israel by name and referred to the Jewish State by the insulting term of Zionist entity.
“Even though the Zionists are intent on attacking Iran, Iran is not planning a military strike against them, because our system is defensive. Launching missiles or a fighter jet would not be difficult [for Israel], but what is important is the reaction to such a strike, as well as Iran’s defensive capabilities.
“They want Iran to go back to what it was in the past, but they won’t succeed. They assume we’ll give in to pressure; such thoughts are misguided. We’re already an industrial and nuclear country, a country that has conquered space. For years we have been thinking about sending a human being into space, and we will do that, with Allah’s help. We must ensure development and growth and bring them to pass, and the world must acknowledge our progress.
“For us, supporting the Palestinian people is a matter of human importance in every sense. The Palestinians must receive their rights, and the Zionists are moving closer and closer toward the edge.”
While the United States and its allies have yet to declare that Iran actually posses a nuclear weapon, the Obama Administration has indicated they believe the Islamic nation has begun the enrichment process to produce high grade nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb. Other well informed military experts claim Iran already has three or four nuclear weapons, courtesy of North Korea, and the battle over enriched uranium is a sham to hide the truth.
Opponents of Ahmadinejad are actively protesting his visit to Egypt, accusing him of trying to stir up violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Egypt has been on shaky ground with Iran since 1979 when the Khomeini Regime named a Tehran street after Anwar Sadat’s assassin, Khaled Eslamboli.
Egyptians are also angry over Iran’s support for Assad in Syria and Ahmadinejad was forced to flee a Cairo Mosque after supporters of the Syrian rebels tossed shoes at him. Egyptian security forces arrested four men outside the Mosque, all of whom are member’s of Egypt’s large Sunni community.
President Ahmadinejad denied his government was involved in the Shiite proselytizing that is causing unrest in Egypt, but he admitted it may be occurring. His government has refused to prosecute any Iranians who are involved in causing agitation by trying to convince Sunnis to convert to the Shiite Branch of Islam.
Ahmadinejad continued his policy of insulting Jews and Israel while making outlandish and provocative claims that the United States and Israel are conspiring to dominate the Islamic world and slaughter the Palestinian people. While most political leaders may scoff at his remarks, the nation of Iran has openly declared they will support any nation or terrorist group that is willing to fight against Israel.
The Iranian President concluded his remarks by making more threats against Israel:
“The people of Iran are ready to march on Israel to wipe it out if it launches into an adventure against Tehran and attacks the country. The Zionists… hope to aggress Iran and attack it, but they are very afraid of the Iranian reaction and of the consequences of such an attack. Our defense forces are capable of dissuading any aggressor and making him regret his act.”