UPDATES

Iranian kettle meets pot

Jul 29, 2011 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Iranian kettle meets pot
news_item/fathi20110728084131077.jpg

Press TV, an Iranian state-controlled media outlet, has reported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemingly blaming some kind of pro-Israel conspiracy for the anti-Iranian sentiment permeating the Middle East, 

“In the final days of their existence, plotters intend to cause difference and clash in our region to save the Zionist regime (Israel),” said President Ahmadinejad in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Thursday.

The Iranian chief executive added that regional developments should lead to the awakening of nations and their historical decisions and the shattering of the grandiosity of hegemonic powers, IRNA reported.

In a possible attempt to replace the old expression “the pot called the kettle black”, Ahmadinejad then went on to accuse “arrogant powers” – presumably, the US and Israel – of selling arms and creating conflicts in the region.

Arrogant powers are selling their arms and creating conflicts in the region. They then use such weapons to damage countries and plunder assets and oil of nations under the pretext of making progress in their countries, he stated.

This comment comes just as Iranian weapons-smuggling into Gaza seems to be increasing and its arming of Hezbollah in Lebanon is attracting significant flak.

Moreover, the US finally seems to be waking up to the fact that, as previously noted in this blog, Iran is actively supporting violence against the US military. The editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal praises the Obama administration on finally sanctioning a terrorist organisation that is harboured by the Iranian government, but exists principally to fund al-Qaeda linked groups.

Yet it was only yesterday that the U.S. government formally acknowledged the connection between the world’s most dangerous terrorist group and the leading state sponsor of terrorism. In a move by the Treasury Department, six members of a terrorist network based in Iran were sanctioned for serving as “the core pipeline through which al Qaeda moves money, facilitators and operatives from across the Middle East to South Asia,” principally meaning Pakistan and Afghanistan. The leader of the group, Ezedin Abdul Aziz Khalil, is a Syrian who has been operating from Iran under an agreement signed in 2005.

… The Obama Administration has come a long way since the days when it thought it could strike a “grand bargain” with Iran’s mullahs, and yesterday’s move is another good step. Above all, it’s a reminder of why a regime that has no qualms serving as al Qaeda’s facilitator can on no account be permitted to build a nuclear bomb.

Iran has been permitted to fight a proxy war against the US and her allies – Australia included – for far too long. Hopefully, yesterday’s sanctions will not be an isolated move, and the West will increasingly direct its attention to the dangers that Iranian-funded terrorism has long posed to the region and world.

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


455daec3 C2a8 8752 C215 B7bd062c6bbc

After the Israel-Hamas ceasefire for hostages deal

Nov 29, 2023 | Update
Screenshot of Hamas bodycam footage as terrorists approach an Israeli vehicle during the terror organisation's October 7, 2023 attack in southern Israel, released by the IDF and GPO (Screenshot)

Horror on Video / International Law and the Hamas War

Oct 31, 2023 | Update
Sderot, Israel. 7th Oct, 2023. Bodies of dead Israelis lie on the ground following the attacks of Hamas (Image: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)

Israel’s Sept. 11, only worse

Oct 11, 2023 | Update
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu (r) gets his long-awaited face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden in New York (Photo: Avi Ohayon, Israeli Government Press Office)

Netanyahu meets Biden, other world leaders, in New York

Sep 27, 2023 | Update
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who gave an address on Aug. 28 threatening the US and laying out the Iranian-led axis's new "unity of the arenas" doctrine. (Photo: Shutterstock, mohammad kassir)

US-Iran prisoner swap deal set to go through

Sep 12, 2023 | Update
A rally of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party last year: Yet outside these faithful, Abbas is not only largely unpopular, but his rule over the PA has seen the Palestinian parliament dissolved, judiciary sidelined, and his party hollowed out (Photo: Shutterstock, Anas-Mohammed)

The Crisis in the PA

Aug 28, 2023 | Update

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Muslim clerics praising (or not condemning) Hamas’ atrocities has deeply shaken Jewish interfaith outreach (YouTube screenshot)

The Last Word: Burning bridges or building them? 

Abu Mariam's sermon at the Roselands Mosque (December 2023): Jews cause "corruption and evil on Earth" (YouTube screenshot)

Sydney Mosque a key centre of extremist preaching

Image: Shutterstock

UNRWA is unfit to deliver aid to Palestinians

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar enjoying the relative safety of a Gazan tunnel (Image: IDF/ screenshot)

Human shields and scapegoats

Image: Shutterstock

Noted and Quoted – March 2024

Muslim clerics praising (or not condemning) Hamas’ atrocities has deeply shaken Jewish interfaith outreach (YouTube screenshot)

The Last Word: Burning bridges or building them? 

Abu Mariam's sermon at the Roselands Mosque (December 2023): Jews cause "corruption and evil on Earth" (YouTube screenshot)

Sydney Mosque a key centre of extremist preaching

Image: Shutterstock

UNRWA is unfit to deliver aid to Palestinians

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar enjoying the relative safety of a Gazan tunnel (Image: IDF/ screenshot)

Human shields and scapegoats

Image: Shutterstock

Noted and Quoted – March 2024

SORT BY TOPICS