Hitchens was on TV simply because he was willing to tell lies that make the Neocons appear credible.
Compare Iran's record of NOT threatening and NOT invading other countries with ours.
Previous, noteworthy, history-shaping, deadly and expensive lies:
Like Pappy (Bush), like son: The NIE versus Bush lies on Iraq
"Since the Holocaust, it has been almost impossible to hide large-scale crimes against humanity. In our communicative world, few modern catastrophes are concealed from the public eye. And yet, Ilan Pappe unveils, one such crime has been erased from the global public memory: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1948. But why is it denied, and by whom? The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine offers an investigation of this mystery."
Two interpretations of beer:
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world”
If Ilap prefers the German interpretation, I think we ought to meet at a Wendy's.
Has anyone made up the lie you claim? No. It is not necessary that a land be 100% anything in order to have massacres that drive out a clear majority and turn it into an engineered, premeditated, "safe and manageable" 15% minority. The UN has definitions of what constitutes "ethnic cleansing" and Israel committed that crime in 1948 and continues to commit that crime every time they bulldoze another home to make room for another settler.
What people fail to recognise is that Israel owes its very existence as a Jewish State to massive ethnic cleansing. The overall picture is undisputed: In 1948, there were about 600,000 Jews in Palestine. The number of Palestinians driven out from the territory taken by Israel in 1947-1949 is estimated at 600,000 to 720,000 (says the nationalistic Israeli historian Benny Morris in his authoritative The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem); about 100,000 Palestinians, a.k.a Israeli Arabs, remained. Without driving most of the Arabs out, then, or without prohibiting their return after the war, no Jewish majority could have been established.
He's right. You can't fix stupid.
I lived near an unincorporated area when I was growing up. I am now glad I did not live there because people like you would have approved if, on the basis of being unincorporated, someone else decided to come and rape and pillage.
I cannot believe what petty lies people will latch onto in order to justify military conquests over others. But the joke is on the Americans. We are almost a century into our experiment with central banking and the IRS. We owed about a billion dollars before it, and had no IRS. Now we owe about 75 billion counting unfunded liabilities, we are virtual slaves to the IRS, and according to Aaron Russo, Yiddish is the official language of the IRS - at least when they threaten to kill you, as they did him, they threaten in Yiddish.
There must be at least a hundred intellectuals in the USA who can complete a sentence. Hitchens was chosen to be on TV exactly because he was willing to repeat the lies of the Neocons in order to make them look credible - if that were possible.
Read what Amadinejad actually said:
So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:
"Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."
That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).
So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"? The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel".
The full quote translated directly to English:
"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".
Word by word translation:
Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).