Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, Iranian state media reported.
In a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Iranian-back group Hezbollah. "Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site.
The Islamic world's biggest bloc on Thursday demanded that the United Nations implement an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon and investigate what it called flagrant human rights violations by Israel. (Emphasis mine)
Got it? He wants a cease-fire now because he and his other thugs are not quite ready to completely destroy Israel right now. So he's begging the world, please please get a ceasefire in place so as not to erode all their careful planning.
I think we can assume from this that the Israelis--despite some of the doom and gloom recently going around the MSM and blogsphere--are doing some serious damage to Hezbollah.
Nasrallah and his boys had a serious case of premature evacuation -- they certainly intended to "wipe Israel off the map" but they began the process a little too early with the seeds given them by Iran.
A ceasefire at this stage of the game would be truly idiotic if we are serious about the war on terror. I hope President Bush keeps saying all the right diplomatic words as he takes his time and allows our Israeli allies take this first step in the west's confrontation with the Islamic fanatics in Tehran. Because that's what this is all about.
Perhaps--just perhaps--Israel's actions have surprised Ahmadinejad and upset the timing of his grand apocolyptic scheme. Whatever. Through Israel's refusal to be intimidated at this point in history, the initiative in this world war has now been siezed by the west; and while the fanatics may be fighting back, they are definitely on the ropes. A ceasefire will just give them an opportunity to reset the play more to their liking.
UPDATE: The "civilian" myth bites the dust. And, those of you who think this is something you can certainly imagine the UN doing, raise your hands.
UPDATE II: This captures the essence of calls for a ceasefire:
UPDATE III: SC&A have some thoughts on useless ceasefires, and somewhat cynically note that the middle east in its current state is the poster child of UN intervention.