Ahmadinejad: “Raise the Flag of Martyrs Over the White House.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The whole Mahdi thing doesn’t seem to have worked out for him, but Ahmadinejad is back and giving speeches. And he appears to have the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, arguably the true government in Iran.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emerged from hiding on Wednesday to deliver a rare public speech in which he told Iranians, “We can rest the day that we raise the flag of martyrs over the White House,” according to an independent translation of Persian language media reports.

Ahmadinejad, most notorious for his Holocaust denial and militaristic rhetoric, visited war zones in southern Iran just a week after Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made a similar visit to the region.

The comments were initially reported by Iran’s Basij News Agency, an official state organ controlled by the country’s powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Ahmadinejad’s reappearance on the public stage comes as Iran continues to negotiate with Western powers over its contested nuclear weapons program. The former president’s violent rhetoric is being viewed as a sign that Iranian hardliners are making a political comeback in Tehran.

“This was Ahmadinejad’s first political comment after a long silence, more importantly it is reported by a news agency controlled by [Iran’s] powerful Basij forces, the Iranian version of SS forces,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, cofounder of Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates, told the Washington Free Beacon.

“Ahmadinejad also got the chance to sit close to Khamenei, as Khamenei’s website and IRGC-run Fars News reported,” Ghasseminejad said.
This may be seen as “a significant sign in Iran’s politics showing that Ahmadinejad’s relation with Khamenei is improving,” he said. “It seems that Khamenei and powerful forces in his office have decided not to keep Ahmadinejad totally out of the loop.”

Despite his delusions, Ahmadinejad can be useful. Khamenei can play ‘good Jihadist’ and ‘bad Jihadist’ using Rouhani and Ahmadinejad, punishing and rewarding the West by elevating or diminishing the so-called hardliners.

  • Softly Bob

    In a sane World Ahmedinejad’s rants would be seen as a declaration of war against the West and Iran would have been invaded, the regime toppled and all of the Mullah regime strung up from lamp posts.
    Unfortunately we don’t live in a sane World.

  • wileyvet

    Ahmedinejad is also notorious for his BO. There is also BO in The White House, whose foreign policy also reeks.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Raise the flag of ETERNAL NAKBA over Tehran and Mecca.

  • herb benty

    Iran will play ” bad cop good cop” with Obama, and Obama won’t get it. Jarrett the Iranian will give constant “good cop” advice too. My my, we are in such good hands. sarc.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Raise the Golden Arches of McDonald’s over the Kabba.