Unless you’ve had your head in a bucket of sand for the past week, you’ve probably heard about this.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood fast behind his assertion that Israel should be wiped off the map and repeated the call during nationwide protests Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.

Iran has continuously insisted that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Yet one would have to be incredibly naive to believe that there were not other alterior motives. An Iranian nuclear bomb? I was never very concerned about the prospect, believing in the idea that aquiring such a device would be defense in nature. I don’t usually jitter too much over world events, as I’ve always placed faith in the ability of world leaders to keep their heads cool and allow common sense to prevail. To me, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the low point in nuclear relations…a scenario in which the world was literally a few sentances away from a nuclear showdown. Nothing else in history really compares, and we are still here.

However, with open, public statements like these being made by the Iranian President bluntly calling for the complete eradication of another nation, I am somewhat more apprehensive in regards to a nuclear armed Iran. Could you imagine a state like that, with an attitude like that, armed with such weapons? It’s not new for such countries preaching the elimination of Isreal, and it has not been just talk either…with major wars in ’48, ’67 and ’73 in attempts to eliminate Isreal. Yet they may finally have found a method in which they can achieve their goal.

Probably just sabre rattling, but it still gives me the creeps.

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