I am getting really tired of reading of Iran's intent to "wipe Israel from the map" as expressed by Iranian President Ahmadinejad. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but contempt for the Iranian regime
(or any theocracy for that matter) and I have nothing against Israel per se (though I would not have agreed with its creation back in 1949). The issue here is one of responsible journalism.
If one reads the actual words of Mr. Ahmadinejad one will see from the context of the remarks that when he speaks of "wiping Israel from the map" he is speaking in a literal context. He is not talking about nuclear or other violent annihilation as Americans will often use the phrase "wipe off the map" colloquially. He is referring to instead to the removal of the state of Israel from the map of the world because of its ineligibility to be a state. Or more precisely, he is arguing that the state of Israel was imposed upon the Palestinians by the victorious Allied powers and that the Arabs are in effect paying for the sins of the Germans. He says why not establish the independent Jewish state in Germany or France or America? This is an intellectual historical argument that is not entirely without merit though of course irrelevant to current reality. Again, though I have no doubt that there are many Iranians who would probably love to erase Israel in a mushroom cloud perhaps including the President himself, this is not the context of what he said and it is irresponsible of the media to portray it as if he did.