Connect to share and comment

Top 10 ways US tries to subvert Iran

Iran isn't the only one misbehaving. Here's a look at how the US tries to bring down Iran.

3) Wiping Israel off the map

Israeli soldiers take part in a defense drill simulating a missile attack near Tel Aviv on Nov. 3, 2011. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

US officials regularly cite the statement by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that “Israel must be wiped off the map” as an example of the danger Iran presents.

Too bad he never said it. During a 2005 speech, which was, in all fairness, made during a conference called “World Without Zionism,” Ahmadinejad — referring to the late founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini — said: “The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”

This and other translations suggest that Ahmadinejad was calling for a political end to the Jewish state some time down the line, not all out annihilation of the country.

Taken out of context and inaccurately translated, Ahmadinejad has since been accused of many things, including being potentially more dangerous than Hitler. 
Meanwhile, although Iran’s power is not benign, its military is dwarfed by Israel’s, which continues to contend that Ahmadinejad poses an extreme danger to their state.

“By now, we are all aware that Ahmadinejad is hostile to Israel,” said Reza Marashi, the research director at the National Iranian American Council. “But do his intentions and Iran's capabilities lend credence to the idea that Iran would attack Israel? No.”