Secretary General Kofi Annan said Iran, as a member of the U.N., must be given the benefit of the doubt that the phrase was intended to encourage peaceful diplomacy.
"'Wiped' is a word that can denote cleanliness," said Mr. Annan. "The Iranian president may have simply meant that the map should be cleaned so Israel's legitmate borders are easier to see."
Originally posted by apocalypticon
Well Jake, Annan's remarks seem to be what all too often passes for constructive dialogue these days, and strain to avoid the real meaning of a thing, be it word or act. IMHO... .
President George Bush said he looks forward to celebrating the new holiday with a ceremonial "wiping of the map."