I appreciate your open mindedness.
Ahmanadinejad was deliberately mistranslated to engender greater Anti-Iranian xenophobia and provide more fodder for the Pro-War crowd.
BBC was the first to issue the deliberate mistranslation on its front page. Their retraction and proper translation was days later buried inconspicuously on later pages.
Most major media outlets printed the correct translation in obscure locations while Independent media featured it more conspicuously. Poorly informed War Mongers already had all the "proof" they needed chose & still choose to ignore the fact.
Anyone who has taken the time & effort to learn other languages understands that there are few direct translations with identical meanings. This is especially the case in different language "Families" like English to Farsi
I hope you will find this article useful:
“'Hitler' does New York”
Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - 'Hitler' does New York
EXCERPT “ Humming non-stop in the background noise was the "wipe Israel of the map" myth.
No one had the intellectual decency to point out that what he really said, in Farsi, in a speech on October 2005 to an annual anti-Zionist conference in Iran, was that "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".
He was doing no more than quoting the late ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - hoping that an unfair (toward Palestine) regime would be replaced by another one more equitable; he was not threatening to nuke Israel. Warmongers anyway don't bother to check the facts.”CONTINUED
Meanwhile, America's former ambassador to the UN & its & AIPAC Poster Boy are confirming World fears about America's bellicose War Mongers:
“McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran”
McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran*|*Jon Rainwater
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Re: your sneering: "Sharing a lunch with some Iranians over 40 years ago was probably a wonderful experience but the world is having to deal with the Iran of today."
Actually it's possible to stay in touch with Regional events outside of doing research.
For Example, Friday night my wife & I hosted a dinner party for some Regional Med. students who are from Greece, Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iran etc. so I had a more recent opportunity to help understand more about everything from kite fighting to regional sentiments & some of what's really going on in Iran & elsewhere in the Region. They'll be back.
They agreed that the "Death to America" stuff is just meaningless & embarrassing, tiresome, old hyperbolic rhetoric. Iran's younger generation is working on changing the political landscape in Iran & there are, obviously, "backward" people in every country.
Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’
Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatens Saudis, saying their fate will be like that of Saddam Hussein
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday.
In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.
“Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi said.
“The Zionists should know that the next war won’t be confined to the present borders and the Mujahedeen will push them back,” he added. Naqdi claimed that much of Hamas’s arsenal, training and technical knowhow in the summer conflict with Israel was supplied by Iran.
Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is 'nonnegotiable' | The Times of Israel
"The law is reason, free from passion."