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It quotes from a recent speech by Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, who proclaimed: “Our naval forces are so powerful that we have a presence in all the waters of the world and, if needed, we can move to within three miles of New York.” Fadavi’s speech was given on Tuesday, April 24—the 32nd anniversary of the failed U.S. attempt to rescue the American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
And “on Friday,” the report continues,
IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the Islamic republic’s military is also capable of crippling or disabling US aircraft carriers.
“First, sinking an aircraft carrier is not a complicated task,” Hajizadeh said. “Second, an aircraft carrier is equipped with so many advanced, delicate, and sensitive devices…that it could be incapacitated by even the smallest explosion.”
These are certainly unpleasant words at a time when such nice things are being said about Iran, as the world powers gear up for the second round of nuclear talks with the mullahs in Baghdad on May 23. After the first round in Istanbul on April 14, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton glowingly foresaw “a comprehensive negotiated solution which restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.”
But there is even more unpleasantness on Fars, with Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi—wanted by Interpol for the 1994 attack on a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and wounded hundreds—chiming in: “The [Iranian] Navy has a strong presence in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman, Indian Ocean and international waters and soon it will be present in the Atlantic Ocean.”
Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has published an important op-ed by Robert Bernstein, Irwin Cotler, and Stuart Robinowitz noting that “Iran’s genocidal anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric…constitutes one of the most serious crimes under international law.” Among other things, Bernstein, Cotler, and Robinowitz quote Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini calling Israel a “cancerous tumor that must be removed” and declaring that there is“justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and Iran must take the helm.”
Bernstein, Cotler, and Robinowitz also note that Iranian officials regularly characterize Jews as
nonhuman or subhuman: “bloodthirsty barbarians,” “filthy bacteria,” “wild beasts,” “cattle,” “cancer,” “filthiest criminals,” “a blot,” “a stain,” “wild dogs” and the like. Similar slurs were made in Nazi Germany and Rwanda. They are the precursors to genocide.
How strange, then, to find even Israeli security officials publicly describing Iran as “rational.”
Of course, “rational” can mean different things. If one wants to annihilate Jews, it is rational to build Auschwitz and Treblinka. If one wants to annihilate Israel, dominate the Middle East, and eventually bring the West including the United States to its knees, it is rational to build nuclear weapons, a far-flung navy, and intercontinental ballistic missiles as Iran is doing.
It is also rational to realize, and exploit the fact, that one is essentially dealing with the same West that Hitler dealt with in the 1930s—just as weak-kneed, delusive, and eager to be duped.
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