Friday, December 09, 2005

Iran's Ahmadinejad is like Howard Dean.

Middle East: Both say stuff that in private, people on their side agree with but ticked off if you say it in public. Give the guy at least this much, he is an honest crazed son of a bitch.

Saudis fumed Friday that Iran's hard-line president marred a summit dedicated to showing Islam's moderate face by calling for Israel to be moved to Europe, and the chief U.N. nuclear inspector said he was losing patience with the Tehran regime. Even some of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conservative allies in Iran were growing disillusioned, fearing he has hurt the country with his wild rhetoric. Iranian moderates also called on the ruling clerics to reel him in. "The president has to choose his words carefully. He can convey his message to the world in better language tone," Hamid Reza Taraqi, a leader of a hard-line party, the Islamic Coalition Society, told The Associated Press. The United States, Israel, Europe and Iranian ally Russia condemned Ahmadinejad over his remarks about Israel, made Thursday on the sidelines of the Mecca, Saudi Arabia, summit of more than 50 Islamic nations intending to show a Muslim front against terrorism. Hours before the participants issued the summit's centerpiece - the Mecca Declaration, promising to stamp out extremist thought - Ahmadinejad spoke at a press conference, casting doubt on whether the Holocaust took place and suggesting Europe give land for a Jewish state if it felt guilty about it. ....The flare-up further strains Ahmadinejad's ties with conservatives, who already have complained that he fails to work with them on domestic issues. The parliament, which is dominated by supporters of Iran's hard-line clerical regime, has given the president an unprecedented slap already, rejecting three of his candidates for the key post of oil minister because he did not consult with lawmakers and the candidates were unqualified. Conservatives also were angered in October when Ahmadinejad called Israel a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map," raising a similar international outcry that isolated Tehran. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has ultimate say in all issues, backed Ahmadinejad over his calls for Israel's elimination. He has not commented on Thursday's remarks.

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