Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad In Southern Lebanon


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has praised Lebanon for its resistance against Israel, while addressing a huge crowd in a Lebanese village close to the Israeli border.


Speaking to 15,000 cheering Hezbollah supporters on Thursday in Bint Jbeil, the scene of fierce fighting between the Iranian-backed group and Israeli soldiers in July 2006, Ahmadinejad said the town was a symbol of resistance.
"Today the Lebanese nation is alive and is a role model for the regional nations," he said, declaring that the "Zionists are mortal".


Ahmadinejad, a known critic of Israel, is on a two-day visit to Lebanon.


In a report by Al Jazeerahttp://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/10/2010101416133587181.html, on arriving in Lebanon, Mr. Ahmadinejad stated that Iran would support Beirut against Israel's hostility.


Opinion: What could be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's motives behind his comments.  It appears to me that he is more interested in inciting confrontation rather than seeking peace in the region.  Iran could be a major player in promoting peace in the Middle East by using it's sizable influence, yet Mr. Ahmadinejad seems to be nothing more than a mouthpiece for Iran's real leadership.  I have a great respect for the Iranian people and I hope that the future will bring a more reasonable leadership to power.