MEMRI has posted excerpts of the speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was broadcast earlier this week. MEMRI has also posted a companion video here. It seems to me to warrant the closest attention. In large part it consists of a sickening exterminationist diatribe against Israel together with an exhortation of Hezbollah. It concludes with a threat that is striking in its bluntness:
When I see the behavior of America, England, and their other accomplices in recent days, I get the impression that they are preparing even greater crimes. I warn them: Know that the fire of the wrath of the peoples is about to erupt and overflow. If you do not put an end to your crimes, know that the ocean of the peoples will soon rage. When the peoples begin to move, they will drag everybody to the defendant’s bench, and will remove them from the throne of power.
Today, the Iranian people is the owner of nuclear technology. Those who want to talk with our people should know what people they are talking to. If some believe they can keep talking to the Iranian people in the language of threats and aggressiveness, they should know that they are making a bitter mistake. If they have not realized this by now, they soon will, but then it will be too late. Then they will realize that they are facing a vigilant, proud people.
Today’s news coincidentally brings word that North Korea is working with Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles and building bases to prepare for their deployment. Is anyone paying attention?
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt is paying attention. Steve Schippert is paying attention. Benjamin Netanyahu is paying attention. Power Line Video has posted the video clip of Ahmadinejad’s “fire of the wrath of the peoples” speech here.