Ok. It’s almost like the Geico commercials. Perhaps 99% of everyone has heard about enough.
But, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni made a speech yesterday, about Israel not being around in another 25 years. Lousy timing. “With Allah’s help, there will be no such thing as as a Zionist regime in 25 years,” is what Khamenei said. And the US is still the “Great Satan.”
The guy is 76 years old. For sure, he’s not going to be around in another 25 years. His hard line rhetoric is contrasted with the President Rouhani and very importantly Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. His title as “Supreme Leader” is a farce. He is all bark and no bite. He is the spiritual leader of the past, not the real leader.
Next point- a lot of false statements were made by Republicans about how Iran sponsored terrorism around the world. But many of the speeches by House Republicans were ridiculous, because radical Islamic groups have thrived while the assets of Iran have been frozen and their economy is in dire straits. This is a fact.
Where does most of the money for terrorism come from? Experts will point first to Saudi Arabia, particularly in their aid to Hamas. The worse group of terrorists in the world, ISIL, has many sources of income, ranging from the sale of artifacts and oil, goods they acquire from looting of shops, to selling of kidnapped foreigners, and private contributions. Iran has supported the government of Syria and Hezbollah, which are fighting both ISIL and Al-Nusra (El Qaeda affiliated organization).
Bottom, bottom line- the sanctions were put in place because Iran was not complying with the nuclear non-proliferation agreement. Lifting the Iranian sanctions will not help ISIL because Iran’s money is going to organizations which are fighting against ISIL. The US is likely to put more troops in Iraq but has only limited options in Syria, if we don’t want to make things worse.
We can not economically wrestle countries to the floor and make them do what we want. Sorry Dick Cheney, it doesn’t work.
Yes, the Iran deal will go through. It is likely to strengthen the moderates, who now run the country. Forget the barking dog, please. Time to move on.