"Learning Richard" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> Dan J.S. wrote:
>> Fucking Islamists!
> Few erm.... issues with your post.
> 1. Context?
> 2. You're saying that all Islamists deny the Holocaust? They don't.
> I can prove that very easily.
> 3. Typically, Islamists are extremely chaste, so to say "Fucking
> Islamists" is somewhat of an oxymoron.
> That's the second time today I've used "oxymoron" when addressing your
> posts. You should take a look at that.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
expressing doubt about the Holocaust and suggesting Israel be moved to
Europe are appalling and reprehensible, the U.S. State Department said on
"These latest remarks ... are clearly appalling and reprehensible. They
certainly don't inspire hope among any of us in the international community
that the government of Iran is prepared to engage as a responsible member of
that community," deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said.
At the United Nations in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed
shock at the comments attributed to Ahmadinejad, his spokesman Stephane
Annan noted the U.N. General Assembly last month passed a resolution
rejecting "any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in
full or in part."
He said all nations should educate their populations about the Holocaust in
which "one third of the Jewish people were murdered, along with countless
members of other minorities."
Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying: "Some
European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent
Jews in furnaces ... Although we don't accept this claim."
"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in
Europe ... to the Zionists, and the Zionists can establish their state in
Europe," he said. (Full story)
Annan last month canceled a trip to Tehran because of Ahmadinejad's call in
October "to wipe Israel off the map."
Ereli said the remarks appeared to be part of a "consistent pattern of
rhetoric that is both hostile and out of touch with the values that the rest
of the international community lives by."
The State Department spokesman said Iran had pledged to uphold international
norms and must be held to those standards but he declined to say what, if
any, action the United States might be inclined to take in response.
Ahmadinejad's comments were reported by IRNA news agency from a news
conference he gave in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca.
Six million Jews were killed by Germany's 1933-1945 Nazi regime.
Ahmadinejad's remarks drew swift rebukes from Israel and Germany as well.
The United States accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism, interfering with
Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and developing a nuclear weapon under the
cover of a program Tehran insists is aimed only at producing energy for
Britain, France and Germany, with U.S. backing, have been trying to defuse
the nuclear issue through diplomatic negotiations but Iran increasingly has
toughened its stance, dimming chances for a compromise.