John C. Thompson
21st September, 2017
On Monday, President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly. In his own inimitable style, he leveled a double-barreled shotgun at a couple of member states and let them have it.
Yesterday, Iran’s current “president” let us know that a metaphorical load of buckshot in the rump can hurt. Hassan Rouhani answers to Iran’s grand poobah and high panjandrum for life, Ali Khamenei; the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution. Iran’s version of “democracy” is as much of an illusion as it was for the USSR and Nazi Germany.
Today, we also get to hear from the Norks at the General Assembly, which should also have good entertainment value. However, there are a few people so addled as to still believe the Iranian regime has legitimacy, and their complaints are valid. ‘tis not so. Trump’s load of verbal buckshot has much more validity.
Iran is indeed a state sponsor of terrorism, it has been so since 1979 and so still it remains. Some of their “greatest hits” down through the years include the Beirut Barracks Bombings, the Mykonos Restaurant Assassinations, bombings in Argentina, the USS Cole, and down to recent plots in Bahrain and Kenya. Their support for Hezbollah and even al Qaeda (the Shia-Sunni split not withstanding) is well established.
When not goose-stepping abroad, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (an exact parallel to the SS in Hitler’s Germany) can be found at home trampling on their own citizens. Pregnant 16-year old girls hanged from cranes in public, pushing gays off of roofs, beating imprisoned photojournalists to death, and massacring prison inmates…. It’s a man’s life in the IRGC.
Fortunately, at least all the book publishers, newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters are licensed – strictly so, when not actually owned by the regime itself. Of course, Iran can’t quite control its citizens access’ to satellite TV and the internet, but they certainly pump a lot of effort into trying. Beating and raping prisoners for blogging or taking selfies of themselves dancing also requires more work by the ever-busy IRGC.
Trump is right to be skeptical about Iran’s commitment to the 5+1 agreement that freed up so much of their capital. The windfall seems to have been lavished on their war efforts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and restoring the coffers of Hezbollah. Iranian missiles like very much like Nork ones, albeit with a different paint job, and Iran seems to be sending observers to North Korean tests. With all the restrictions on Pyongyang’s purse, somebody is paying for those weapons tests.
Tehran’s commitment to peace is as valid as those of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. They have been verbally threatening the neighbours and hatching sundry plots against them. Iran’s nuclear program may be on hold right now, but again one is reminded of all those German “flying clubs” of the early 1930s and all those fast light “airline” designs from Dornier, Heinkel and Junkers with more room for baggage than passengers.
Tehran’s protestations of sincerity should never be taken to heart, and if their feelings have been hurt by President Trump, there is only one thing to say: ‘Good!’
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