NYT – Iran’s President, in New York, Says Israelis Have No Mideast Roots

Defying a warning by the United Nations secretary general against inflammatory remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said Monday that Israelis had no historical roots in the Middle East and that the existence of Israel was just a passing phase in the region’s long history.

Acknowledging another group exists? Demonstrating a grasp of non-mystical history unrelated to hidden imams? Speaking in reasonably constructed sentences (with a dependency on the Times translating and reporting it correctly)? That’s surprisingly normal for Ahmadinejad!