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Posted on Apr 9, 2008
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The Sydney Morning Herald

Scrappier than he looks: The pugilistic rhetoric coming from Iran’s corner also included “the nation slapping [the West] in the mouth.”

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.


Reuters:

Iran’s president on Wednesday warned the West to expect a “bloody nose” over mounting pressure on Iran to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment activities, state television reported.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will meet on April 16 in Shanghai to discuss whether to sweeten incentives they had offered Iran in 2006 to curb its nuclear program.

In a televised address from the northeastern city of Mashhad, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Iran would never abandon its atomic work, which the West fears is a cover to build nuclear bombs. Iran says its work is to produce energy.

“The Iranian nation will bloody the enemy’s (the West’s) nose if they want to violate an iota of our rights (to nuclear technology),” he said without elaborating.

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By sowhat, April 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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Who says they are building nuclear weapons! And look who is talking - the Western powers and Israel, all armed to the teeth with the very weapons they don’t want others to have. The world will be a better place without the USA always interfering in sovereign countries’ policy making. If the USA and UK signed the non proliferation treaty it would be a good first step towards disarming the world. What arrogance - maybe they do need “a slap in the face” to see their double standards.

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By Frogman, April 10, 2008 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

Paolo, I think your right. Ahmadi-Nejad, thanks for the correct spelling, is a thug and a horses ass but he doesn’t come close to Bush. I’m a veteran and I find it really disturbing that a draft dodger like Bush would send better people then he will ever be to die for no good reason. We Americans committed this same type of crime in Viet Nam. We lost 58 thousand killed, thousands wounded and maimed, we killed tens of thousands of Vietnamese and we learned nothing. As long as our leaders don’t have to risk their lives and as long as the sons and daughters of our economic aristocracy don’t have to fight America will continue to have these unnecessary and immoral adventures.

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By Frogman, April 10, 2008 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

Joe, brevity means brief or short. What are you really asking about the good old US of A?

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By Aegrus, April 10, 2008 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

tomack, while I understand your concern, it’s not as if he was needed for Bush to trump up evidence for another military strike against a sovereign nation. We live in a depressing time, but remain objective and keep the faith! We can overcome!

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By EndAllWars, April 9, 2008 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment
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How dare he claim the right to defend his country?  How dare he question our right to preemptively strike his or any other nation at will?  Who the hell does he think he is to demand something other than dollar for their oil which we need to put in our gas guzzlers so we drive to Wal-Mart and buy more China-made stuff with money we borrowed from… China?  He is obviously a threat to our national security and our way of life by daring to do all that.  He’s truly a nutjob.  That’s why we must keep all options on the table, even though the “all” part of the “all options” may imply “many” options, in reality we’re only considering one option.

We, sane.  He, insane.

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By Paolo, April 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

So Ahmadi-Nejad (this is a better transliteration of his name) is an “up and coming school-yard brawler”?

Wow.

I’m no great fan of the Iranian theocracy, although I suspect it is far more civilized than the Neocon dead-head propaganda makes it out to be. Having said that, Ahmadi-Nejad is right, on many levels.

He said Iran would defend its sovereignty. Is that unreasonable?

He said Iran would continue to pursue peaceful use of atomic energy. Is this unreasonable? (especially considering that oil is, with current technology, a finite energy source).

He said Iran would negotiate with the IAEA under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Iran is a signatory. Is this unreasonable?

On the other hand, the USA has invaded, conquered, and occupied Iran’s neighbor, Iraq, on completely false pretenses. Is this “reasonable?”

Just who is the “up-and-coming schoolyard bully?” I would argue it is the USA, which has illegally invaded and occupied two sovereign states.

Iran has not invaded another country in over two hundred years.

Maybe Ahmadi-Nejad is a hotheadead, bullying leader. But in comparison with America’s current leadership, he looks like a paragon of reason. This is not so much a compliment to Ahmadi-Nejad, as it is a condemnation of America’s criminal administration.

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By joe, April 9, 2008 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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By Blackspeare, April 9, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

First Iran does not import oil——it has plenty.  What it lacks are refineries so it does import gasoline.

Second, Ahmandinejab does count because what he says reflects the Ayatollah’s position.  Just like in US football, a QB that has won a Superbowl has status and is golden. In the international arena, a country that possesses nuclear weapons rates with the big boys!  And notice I said “weapons”——one or two is not enough at least a dozen is needed for a credible threat!  So Iran has a ways to go before they become a real nuclear power.

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By Joe, April 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment
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Please enlighten us on the brevity of the good old US of A!!!
Was it during the genocide of the natives?
or during enslaving the Africans?
Vietnam?
Korea?
WWII and nuking of entire cities populated with fisherman, their wives and kids and grand parents?
Is it the stealth bomber and cruise missiles aimed at Basra slums and Afghan villages?
and this is just the government and military folks, lets not even get into the corporate world!!
Please explain the brevity of your masters…


(Thruthdig please post my comments this time..please I need answers.)

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By Thomas Billis, April 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

Iran has the gross nsational of Sweeden.They have to import oil.By almost any measure they are a third world country.If Americans would stop hiding under their beds everytime the Pres says boo they would realize that Iran is not any sort of a problem to us at all.Iran is Shia and al qaida is Sunni.The chance of Iran helping Al Qaida out is less likely than Ralph Nader getting elected President.The Iranian army fought a draw with Saddam for eight years.How long did it take us to defeat his army?If they drop a missle on Israel they know that Tehran will be a parking lot in 45 minutes.The real problem is using this bullshit and alienating Russia a true nuclear adversary.Remember this you cannot justify a huge military budget{where the real stealing is going on}unless you have enemies.Unfortunately Americans are not able to discern between real and imagined enemies.When did this brave country become such wimps?Boo.Go back under the bed.

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By Frogman, April 9, 2008 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

The other idiots gave it to them.

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By tomack, April 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

I respectfully submit that it does matter what this idiot says. Because what this idiot says may feed into what our idiot does. After all, in the past there have been instances when we have done more harm with less provocation.

I wish it were otherwise.

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By Aegrus, April 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Can we please stop talking about this idiot? The Ayatollah still makes all the real national decisions. This guy is a figurehead. What he says does not matter.

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By weather, April 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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What do N.Korea, Venezuela and Iran have in common?

They,  like the former Iraq wish to trade Oil and goods in Euros not Dollars.

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