As we have apparently abdicated out moral authority as global peace-keeper — being that the subtext of the Obama administration’s foreign policy is to cleanse distasteful “American arrogance” from the delicate palettes of world dictators — it is no surprise that Iran’s theocratic figurehead, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ratcheted up his bellicose rhetoric at the country’s annual “Army Day” this Sunday.
“The region has no need for alien troops and they should return home and let the regional states take care of their own affairs,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech marking the country’s annual Army Day on Sunday.
“They must leave the region and this is not a request but an order, and the will of the regional nations,” he said.
He said the deployment of US and Nato troops in Iraq and Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism had not only failed, but also increased insecurity in both countries.
Ah, yes. America’s so-called “War on Terror.” Which isn’t remotely related to a certain infamous attack by 19 so-called “Islamic terrorists.” It’s really America’s meddlesome, imperialistic arrogance infesting the region that’s the trouble. Just imagine the blooming cultural advancement and elevation of human rights places like Afghanistan have been denied for lack of being left to “their own affairs.”
The living, breathing symbol of our arrogance is, of course, Israel, or the “Zionist regieme” as the Iranians refer to it. Which is why, on a day meant to showcase Iran’s military might, Ahmadinejad also took the time to pontificate on the need to wipe Israel off the map — er, I mean — “uproot” it:
The president also said that Israel, the “main instigator of conflict” in the Middle East, was on its way to collapse and that regional powers wanted it uprooted.
“This is the will of the regional nations that after 60 odd years, the root of this corrupt microbe and the main reason for insecurity in the region be pulled out,” Ahmadinejad said.
He said that except the “Zionist regime (Israel),” Iran considered all other countries as “friend and brother” with whom the Islamic state wanted peaceful co-existence.
On the day that Iran was exhibiting its latest military hardware, Ahmadinejad vowed that the country would use all its military potential in case of any armed aggression.
But remember: There’s nothing really to worry about with Iran. At least not according to our President, anyway:
I mean, the history of the Iranian regime, like the North Korean regime, is that, you know, you apply international pressure on these countries, sometimes they choose to change behavior, sometimes they don’t.
In other words, Iran’s belligerence is just part of the negotiation game. It’s just another step in the elaborate Terror-Tango which will eventually seduce the brutal regieme into giving itself over to lasting regional accord. Yet the reciprocity never seems to manifest — and the talking points on behalf of Iranians only seem to become more bold.
So, the question I have in light of all this is clear: Can we finally dispense with liberal extend-a-hand-to-a-clenched-fist foreign policy? Can we finally divest the political discourse of such fantasy diplomacy before the Jews are finally “uprooted” and an aggressive, nuclear-armed Iranian state establishes a sphere of influence over the rest of the fanatical Middle East? I’m just wondering.