Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “marches toward a second Holocaust,” Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann warned the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) Sunday night.
A staunch supporter of Israel, Bachman, who is a Christian, also declared that if the world allows Ahmadinejad to obtain nuclear weapons, he will use them on the United States after bombing Israel.
“Some 80 years ago the world saw evil rising. A mad man spoke, but the world did not listen and the world sank into an enormous conflict and millions of Jews lost their lives,” she said.
“Today a mad man again speaks and once again it seems as if the world isn’t really listening though Iran’s president has made his intentions for Israel clear,” the Congresswoman continued. “He intends to wipe Israel from the face of the earth once he obtains nuclear weapons, and he will seek to use them against the United States shortly after achieving his first goal.
“Hitler once famously said in justification of his order to murder millions of Jews, ‘Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?’ Ahmadinejad is counting on the same collective memory today as he marches toward a second Holocaust.
“We must send him the message that we will never forget.”
Rep. Bachmann, who is running at the bottom of the polls for the GOP presidential nomination next summer, set her sights on President Barack Obama, accusing him of having “forgotten the importance of Israel to America.”
“Our policy has confused engagement with appeasement and has inspired Israel’s enemies,” she told the ZOA annual dinner, which also was attended by five other members of Congress. “While the president demands Israel give back land necessary to protect their existence, he has taken his eye off of the most serious threat to Middle East security, a nuclear Iran, Rep. Bachmann said.
She added, “Consider the Iranian constitution which states that Iran’s Army and Revolutionary Guard ‘will be responsible...for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in G-d's way; that is, extending the sovereignty of G-d's law throughout the world.’
“We can’t afford to wait until the election to change course…. The U.S. should meet publicly with Iranian dissidents, and strongly assist pro-freedom elements of the Iranian opposition movement.
“The Pentagon should prepare a war plan, as a last resort, should all else fail in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
“Part of that plan should be to direct the Navy to make preparations for a possible blockade of Iran's ports from all oil and gas imports and exports to cut off critical petroleum revenues from going to the regime in Tehran.”