Not all tainted by the same brush

There is an ideological struggle occurring within Iran:

Iran’s former reformist president Mohammad Khatami has described the Holocaust as a “historical reality” – a stinging attack on his controversial and revisionist successor Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

“We should speak out if even a single Jew is killed. Don’t forget that one of the crimes of Hitler, Nazism and German national socialism was the massacre of innocent people, among them many Jews,” the cleric said in comments carried in the Iranian press on Wednesday.

The Holocaust, he asserted, should be recognized “even if this historical reality has been misused and there is enormous pressure on the Palestinian people”.

The article also states that a “prominent and centrist” newspaper has criticised Ahmadinejad’s statements on the Holocaust and Israel. Our media rarely reveals an Iran aside from reporting inflammatory statements by its leaders, while its people have little voice in the West. And yet, the bombing of Iran is seriously considered by some, including, as ever, radical Zionists, who fail to learn from mistakes in Iraq.

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