Iran Denial, Left and Right, Illustrated Simply, and Clearly

Via MEMRI.

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, speaks during Tehran's Friday prayersComments by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps  Deputy Commander Brigadier-General Hossein Salami made at a conference held in Tehran, which aired on Al-Alam TV on March 11, 2014:

Despite the geographical distance, we are attached to the hearts of the Palestinians. How is it that our slogans and goals are identical to the slogans and causes of the Palestinians? Why do we strive to become martyrs and risk our lives for the Palestinian cause?  The answer is that the religion of Islam has designated this for us – this goal, this motivation, this belief, this energy – so that we, here, can muster all our energies in order to annihilate the Zionist entity, more than 1,400 kilometers away. We are ready for that moment in the future.

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The Left says either he the good general Salami doesn’t mean any of this, i.e., it is just “cultural bluster”—which of course shouldn’t be criticized at any rate, because that would be “racist,” or the more honest Jew-hating Leftists (including self-loathing Jews) admit they just don’t care if Israel is annihilated in a nuclear jihad.

Ah but conservative “Iran shenasans”—(alleged) “Iran experts”—say he’s simply “distorting” Shiite Islam and we must be patient, support the (Soylent) Green Movement of Iranian Jeffersonian Democrats, and “regime replacement” will solve the Iranian nuke and all other such problems engendered by the  “distortion of Shiite Islam.” Don’t look behind the veil or underneath the Persian carpet at the hard data that show 83% support for Sharia in Iran—that too is “racist”—or if not racist, “Islamophobic”

Till now, those are your Iran policy options from the ones who control such discourse—and current or  planned actions—on the Left and Right.

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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