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This is another display of Medienkritik's fake indignation (aka "beleidigte Leberwurst"). What Germany does is trade with a country which, excuuuse meee, is an honorable member of the UN and thus a legitimate international partner. The fact that the US discourages trade with Iran and has ahmmmm..., issues with that country is in fact the result of misguided US policies. Why should Germany suffer because of that ?

Every German, adult and kindergarten regular knows that "Deutschland ist Friedensmacht !"

/irony

Iran has declared war against us.

We walked away 25 years ago, we've got to do something now.

Via LGF, from the New York Sun:

...President Ahmadinejad’s letter to President Bush, widely interpreted as a peaceful overture, is in fact a declaration of war. The key sentence in the letter is the closing salutation. In an eight-page text of the letter being circulated by the Council on Foreign Relations, it is left untranslated and rendered as “Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda.” What this means is “Peace only unto those who follow the true path.”

It is a phrase with historical significance in Islam, for, according to Islamic tradition, in year six of the Hejira - the late 620s - the prophet Mohammad sent letters to the Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor telling them to convert to the true faith of Islam or be conquered. The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing Islamic rule over infidels....

@WDIK: Thanks for using the "irony off" indicator this time. ;-)

from the vermin's mouth via Rantburg:

Hat tip to Jihad Watch:Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that his letter to President George W. Bush did not concern the nuclear dossier, but rather was an invitation to Islam and the prophets culture. He made the above remarks in reply to a reporter while attending press conference on his letter to President Bush in Jakarta in the afternoon of the third day of his stay in Jakarta.

Stressing that the letter was beyond the nuclear issue, the chief executive said that in principle, the country's nuclear case is not so significant to make him write a letter about it.

"We act according to laws and our activities are quite clear. We are rather intent on solving more fundamental global matters.

"The letter was an invitation to monotheism and justice, which are common to all divine prophets. If the call is responded positively, there will be no more problems to be solved," added the president.

The president said that the letter actually contained a clear message of invitation to human beliefs, adding that its response will determine the future.
From Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch:
"Both bolded statements suggest that the letter was indeed the call to Islam that must precede any attack, in accord with Muhammad's words (in Sahih Muslim 4294) about inviting the unbelievers to accept Islam or dhimmitude and fighting him only if he refuses both. We shall see."

What's interesting to me is that those kinds of export subsidies are illegal under WTO rules. And Germany has been one of the lead countries in pushing a WTO case against the U.S. for offering similar aid.

CD,

Shocked, just shocked that you seem to have learned so little. I surely thought you knew there were two sets of rules. There is one set applied to the US and a second set the euros use.

You need to read more.

@WDIK: What Germany does is trade with a country which, excuuuse meee, is an honorable member of the UN and thus a legitimate international partner

Iran has not been an "honorable" member of the UN since they took over the US embassy in Teheran. That, by the way, was a large part of the origin of the current nation of Iran, so how could they be an "honorable" anything under their current government, let alone "honorable" members of the UN, since every nation in the UN agrees that intentionally harming an embassy is an act of war?

And then the UN demonstrated that THEY aren't "honorable", either, by failing to take any action on the Iranian takeover of our embassy. THAT was when they proved who they were... a completely useless debating society. After 9/11, this was simply proven AGAIN.

Then the situation got even weirder when Jimmy Carter also failed to take action, made a stupid attempt to send in ONE helicopter (just ONE???) that got trashed by a sand storm, and later got a Nobel Peace Prize for this extreme lack of competence. That shows how useless the political Nobel prizes are (at least the science prizes are still serving a useful purpose of inspiring researchers to move ahead!).

Iran is a WHAT??? Not the current government, sweetie.

@WDIK: Ooops... sorry, I missed the /irony tag :D

You are right, of course. This whole thing is nonsense. I should have known better that you'd be using sarcasm.

Sandy, The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing Islamic rule over infidels..

Moreover, the dirty little secret is that even if they get together with all parties and sign a peace treaty, by Sha'aria law, that "peace treaty" is effective for only ten years, approximately the amount of time needed to rebuild an army in the 6th Century to fight the infidel again.

The more radical Muslims simply don't view treaties the same way the rest of the world does... they are only an interlude while they rearm... and are allowed to lie their way through the negotiation process because it is in the cause of "Islam". In that case, lying doesn't count as a sin.

And it's one of the MOST radical branchs that is in question here.

@Joe: What was I thinking? :-)

CD,

Just one of those european highs, we all get from time to time where we see the world through rose tinted glasses. Then we have to take them off to do something and reality slaps us cold sober.

Not to worry it happens to all of us from time to time. Most of us realized what was happening to you. You get over it unless you have too many euro genes in your background. Then it just lingers around for a generation or so. Think you are safe.

somehow maybe this will be spun so that it's all for 'peaceful' uses:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L10333457.htm

Although I guess it's a huge plus that people are actually still being arrested for stuff like this ...

The Iran thing just keeps getting more interesting.

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