A new player pushes his chips into the atomic pot

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told students at a Tehran military college that the Islamic republic would respond with full force to any attack coming from the U.S. and Israel. (Reuters)

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told students at a Tehran military college that the Islamic republic would respond with full force to any attack coming from the U.S. and Israel. (Reuters)


It always pleases me when the leaders of the world read my blog and take action accordingly.  It is obvious the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei read my blog yesterday and took offense; so today he assumed the lead in the bluff-poker game (I picture him roughly shoving Ahmadinejad aside and sitting down at the table with confidence and a definite sense of purpose), by threatening to answer back with strong slaps and iron fists any attacks on Iran.

“The enemies, especially America and its stooges and the Zionist regime (Israel), should know that it is not Iran’s custom to invade any country or nation. But it will respond with full force to any aggression or even threats in a way that will demolish the aggressors from within,” he said…Rhetoric between Iran and its two principal foes, Israel and the United States, has also risen since the release Tuesday of a U.N. report saying there was “credible” evidence suggesting Iran’s atomic program was being used to research putting nuclear warheads in ballistic missiles. Iran denounced the U.N. inspectors’ report as “unbalanced” and “politically motivated.” “The Revolutionary Guards and army and our nation … will answer attacks with strong slaps and iron fists,” he said. Last week Israel test-launched a long-range missile near Tel Aviv. Al-Arabiya, 11-10-11

Are you nervous yet?  You should be, more than one person or entity is eager to up the pressure in this game.  Notice the way that Al-Arabiya places the Israeli missile test into this context; whether or not Israel intended a threat, Al-Arabiya is saying it presents a threat and a threat in the context of Iran and nuclear weapons.  Both Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeerah have used their reporting to inflame this and other issues in the region.  You know in the way newspapers have done traditionally, to stimulate sales.

The Grand Mufti of Syria in a very reasonable interview cited both news agencies as key elements in creating unrest in Syria.  That would not be a popular thought in the west, but he makes a very compelling case; I certainly drew the same conclusion (and wrote about it in my blog) about events in Libya and Egypt earlier in the year.  We need some new people and some new thinking in the Middle East; we only survived the second half of the 2oth century because both the Russia and American leaders were reasonable men and not willing to destroy the world to win an argument – I am not certain we can say the same thing about the Middle East.



1 Response to “A new player pushes his chips into the atomic pot”

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