Was Hitler a hero whose crimes were exaggerated? Or was Nazism so evil that it remains the only viable yardstick for Zionism? For years the philosopher kings of the Middle East have tried to reconcile those positions. And now at last, my friends, the circle is squared:

A top advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed in an interview with Iranian website Baztab that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s parents were both Jewish and that Hitler himself was one of the founders of the State of Israel…

Ramin cites a 1974 book by Hennecke Kardel titled ‘Adolf Hitler: Founder of Israel’, which alleges that Hitler strived to create a Jewish state as a result of being influenced by his Jewish relatives and his cooperation with Britain – which also wanted to drive the Jews out of Europe.

Ramin claims in the interview that Hitler both identified with his Judaism and was disgusted by it. It is these ambivalent feelings, said Ramin, that formed the basis for his treatment of Jews.

You remember Ramin, don’t you? Sure you do.

Sounds like Mahdi’s a little testy after those tough midterms and the UN wrist slap:

He said the United States was the main power behind the resolution, and warned Washington: “I want you to know that the Iranian nation has humiliated you many times, and it will humiliate you in future.”…

“You are nobody,” he told the Western powers. Recalling the West’s support for Iraq, then ruled by Saddam Hussein, during its eight year war with Iran in the 1980s, he said: “If all the powers that supported Saddam in his war against Iran were to regroup and confront Iran again, Iranians would deliver a historic slap in their face.”

A detail not included in the CNN version of the story: signs in the audience that don’t augur well for the rest of his term. “Inflation, unemployment, insecurity, drug addiction have desiccated the tree of the revolution.”

Update: Here’s a crafty bit of rhetoric that shows once again how keen Shiite jihadists are to undermine faith in America among their constituents.

The execution on Saturday of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein shows the true nature of the United States, said Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday. “The execution of Saddam has proven that trusting the United States is not convenient,” said the president, referring to the Iran-Iraq war in 1980-88 during which, he alleged, Washington encouraged Saddam in going to war with Tehran but then ousted him from power in 2003 “when he wasn’t useful anymore.”

“Countries in the region should learn the lesson and, like Iran, should only trust the will of their people and not corrupt powers,” Ahmadinejad added.