THE LATEST FROM IRAN….Iran’s recently elected president demonstrates just what “hardline” means in Iranian politics:

Iran’s new president created a sense of outrage in the west yesterday by describing Israel as a “disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the face of the earth”.

….He said: “Anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, [while] any [Islamic leader] who recognises the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.” He was addressing a conference titled The World Without Zionism.

Lovely. That should do wonders to help build peaceful and constructive relations with Europe and the United States.