For the last eight years or so, we had Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the face of Iran. He would smile that annoying smile and proclaim that the Holocaust was a lie, that Iran was looking only for peaceful nuclear power, and that Iran had nothing to do with the terrorists that it sent around the world to do damage to Israeli, Jewish, and Western people and places.
The new leader of Iran is as big a liar as Mad Mahmoud. And of course, he has a lying op-ed in the WaPo stating how all he and his country really want is peace and harmony. Here’s my favorite part. It reads like a laundry list of what trouble Iran is causing for the world.
The international community faces many challenges in this new world — terrorism, extremism, foreign military interference, drug trafficking, cybercrime and cultural encroachment — all within a framework that has emphasized hard power and the use of brute force.
Iran has responsibilty for all of the above. Terrorist bombing in Argentina? Iran. Drug trafficking? Hezbollah’s there for you. Speaking of Hezbollah–that’s an Iranian-created terrorist organization. Cyber attacks? Don’t worry, Iran is working on them. Foreign military interference? Can you say, “Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria”? I knew you could. There’s even a video of Iranian officers supervising Syrian soldiers.
And that’s not all. He also had this to say:
In Iraq, 10 years after the American-led invasion, dozens still lose their lives to violence every day. Afghanistan endures similar, endemic bloodshed.
I’ve lost count of how many Iranians there are in Iraq, but we do know that Syria and Iran combined to kill hundreds of our soldiers and thousands of Iranian civilians. So what does this liar say is the cause of all the trouble? “Identity”. What does he mean? I’m betting it’s not to acknowledge the Jewish nature of Israel.
My approach to foreign policy seeks to resolve these issues by addressing their underlying causes. We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart. We must also pay attention to the issue of identity as a key driver of tension in, and beyond, the Middle East.
At their core, the vicious battles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are over the nature of those countries’ identities and their consequent roles in our region and the world.
And here is where the meat of his mumbo-jumbo lies:
We must create an atmosphere where peoples of the region can decide their own fates.
Translation: Let’s have a vote on the Zionist entity and watch the Palestinians insist on creating a Palestinian state without Israel.
Second, we must address the broader, overarching injustices and rivalries that fuel violence and tensions.
Translation: The Palestinians are the only people who deserve a state in the land currently known as Israel.
Our easily-gulled president is going to read this op-ed and reach out to Hassan Rouhani, just as he said he would do in the runup to the 2008 election. And while he is doing that, Iran is going to perfect the process of creating nuclear bombs. And then–well, then the Middle East will have changed forever. And Rouhani knows this.
A key aspect of my commitment to constructive interaction entails a sincere effort to engage with neighbors and other nations to identify and secure win-win solutions.
Could that be any more full of crap? Iran is not looking for “win-win” solutions. It is looking for its own wins. This president is no less dangerous than Mad Mahmoud, or perhaps he’s a little more dangerous because he’s not as agressive about his hatred of Jews and the West. But it is there. It is in his op-ed, and it was evident in the quickness that his office denied wishing Jews the world over a happy Rosh Hashanah.
Let’s not be fooled by his crack staff of Western PR writers. The new face of Iran is just as evil as the old face. This one’s a lot more subtle, is all. Don’t forget, no candidate ran for office in Iran that wasn’t first approved by the mullahs. There’s been no change. There will be no change until the Iranians successfully revolt against their rulers. That’s not going to happen anytime soon.