Comedienne Joan Rivers was stopped yesterday morning outside LAX by celebrity-gossip website TMZ.  Asked about the situation in Gaza, Rivers went off in her typically controversial fashion.

When the paparazzo who confronted Rivers brought up the more than 2,000 Palestinians killed in the current conflict, Rivers responded, “Oh my God; tell that to the people in Hiroshima.”

She continued, “Ask Colin Powell. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead; you deserve to be dead. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that.”

“You were told to get out — you don’t get out, then you know you’re an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs,” Rivers said.

Rivers released a statement yesterday afternoon that said her remarks were “taken completely out of context.”

“What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts. We, the United States, certainly know this as 69 years later we still feel the guilt of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” she said.  “Along with every other sane person in this world, I am praying for peace.”

Watch Rivers’ comments in the video below.