Just another Blogs.reuters.com weblog
That quote, again…
Iran president sees “countdown” to Israel’s end President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who triggered outrage in the West two years ago when he said Israel should be “wiped off the map”, has often referred to the destruction of the Jewish state but says Iran is not a threat.
That’s wrong of course. President Ahmadinejad never said any such thing. That “quote” is a complete fabrication. It’s an urban myth. What he REALLY said is “The regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”
You’ll note that there is an enormous difference between an active threat “to wipe something of the map” and a passive comment that “something must vanish from the page of time.” You will also note that the Farsi word for map, “nagsheh,” appears nowhere in the speech text.
I would think that if a multi-million dollar organisation such as Reuters News Service is going to continue agitating for an American attack on Iran it could afford to spend two or three hundred dollars to have Ahmadinejad’s speeches professionally translated into English.
Thanks for your interest in this matter. Reuters is confident that its translation of what Ahmadinejad said is correct. We watched the original speech in 2005 and have not altered our rendering into English since. The Iranian authorities have never challenged our translation of the words, which echoed those of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, when he spoke on the same issue: GBU Editor
REUTERS photo by Raheb Homavandi