Andrew Sullivan hits the nail precisely and firmly on the head

“I invite the faithful to wait for good news. We shall soon witness the elimination of the Zionist stain of shame,” — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking about Israel on 18.07.06.

I don’t think there can be much doubt that Ahmadinejad’s eschatology demands a second Holocaust for the Jews, and that is impossible to understand Hezbollah without seeing them as an instrument for this Persian Hitler to achieve his aims. That’s why, despite the horrifying toll on Lebanon’s infrastructure and civilians, the Israeli response does not seem to me to be disproportionate to the existential threat it faces.”