Today I’m in New York City to speak at a “Stop Iran” rally in Times Square. There are those of us who recognize the serious dangers and ramifications of what President Obama sees as an historic moment. The loyal liberal progressives — to include President Obama himself — chime on that something has been accomplished that no one else has achieved. There is a reason for that: smart people do not do stupid things. And making Iran an economic, military and nuclear power within 15 years just ain’t bright.
Is it all just hyperbole? The Washington Free Beacon reports, “A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. A Persian-language message on the podium declared, “We will trample upon America” while the English phrase “We Defeat the United States” can be seen underneath. Friday prayers are known for being officially sanctioned by the state and a sign of the supreme leader’s thinking on various issues. Analysts who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the anti-American tone of last week’s prayers said it is a sign Tehran believes it bested the United States in the talks.”
Gee, ya think?
I’m often asked if Israel will stand back and allow Iran to develop the capability to threaten its existence. My response is that Israel could take an action now, but must have the backing and support of the United States.
Israel will require advanced bunker buster munitions, intelligence support, and aerial refueling capability. But more than anything else, it needs the moral support of America, which it may have with the citizens, but not with the current administration. And therefore we see strange bedfellows coming together in the Middle East — Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, along with the United Arab Emirates. However, Iran knows this as well, which is why the Ayatollah just made another belligerent declarative statement. Why not? They’re on a roll right now.
As reported by Jihad Watch, “Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei went into a conspiracy-laden tirade on Saturday, blaming the “arrogant powers” for getting in the way of the Muslim world’s mission to unite and destroy Israel. “If the Islamic Ummah were united and relied on their own commonalities, they would certainly be a unique power in the international political scene but big powers have imposed such divisions on the Islamic Ummah to pursue their own interests and safeguard the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Khamenei said in remarks to commemorate the end of Ramadan.
Khamenei also defended Iran’s support for its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, which is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, and the Assad regime in Syria. “The Americans dub the Lebanese resistance as terrorist and regard Iran as a supporter of terrorism because of its support for the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the Americans, themselves, are real terrorists,” Khamenei said.
Hezbollah was originally created by Tehran’s first “Supreme Leader” with the mission to “turn Lebanon to a graveyard for Jews,” according to its leader, Hassan Nasrallah. The Iranian dictator claimed that al-Qaida and the Islamic State terror group were created by the United States, according to Iran’s state-controlled media. The U.S. “have created al-Qaida and Daesh [ISIL]” and “support the wicked Zionists [Israel],” he said.”
The Ayatollah realizes he must not allow a Sunni-Shiite schism to deter Iran’s initial regional objective: the destruction of Israel. If he can isolate Israel and prevent any Sunni powers in the Middle East to seek commonality by way of a shared enemy, it would serve his purposes well.
And so the goal will be to infuse anger and raise the expectation that now is the moment for the Islamic Ummah (community) to rise.
This arrogance has been enabled by the abject weakness of the Obama Middle East foreign policy evidenced by the recent “agreement” signed. And of course having the UN Security Council and the European Union both endorse the agreement has clearly put the wind behind the sails of the militant Islamic regime in Tehran.
The “Supreme Leader” declared victory over the United States in Tehran’s recent nuclear agreement with world powers, saying, “This is the outcome of the Iranian nation’s resistance and bravery and the creativity of dear Iranian scientists.” He predicted that in the case of war with the United States, The U.S. “will emerge loser,” PressTV reported. Khamenei swore to never engage the Americans in dialogue over regional differences, asking, “Our policies and those of the US in the region are 180 degree different, so how could it be possible to enter dialogue and negotiations with them (Americans)?”
In declaring victory over the U.S. in nuclear negotiations, he added, “today, they [world powers] have been forced to accept and stand the spinning of thousands of centrifuges and continuation of research and development in Iran, and it has no meaning but the Iranian nation’s might.”
President Obama and his supporters dismiss these words as political posturing and spin, but one has to admit, there’s a great amount of validity to the Ayatollah’s assessment. Iran surrenders NOTHING in this agreement and in a country where there is a state-run media (not that the US is too far off from that), his power has just been solidified. And yes, all this as four Americans sit unlawfully held hostage and disregarded by an administration that views them as a distraction to the negotiating process.
Hmm, methinks that when someone is chanting death to you, well, they’re not your friend. There’s only one way to deal with a bully. Hint: it is not the method liberal progressives prefer — emotional empathy and submission.