Two days after President Obama acknowledged Iran’s New Year’s celebrations with a conciliatory appeal to the Iranian people, and leadership, Khamenei responded, on March 21, 2015, to what he characterized as the “dishonest things” in the Obama address. Validating an assembled audience’s chants of “Death to America,” Khamenei stated, “Death to America, of course,” while decrying the U.S. as the chief culprit behind economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
One day earlier, March 20, 2015 the irrefragable truth of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent pronouncement before Congress that, “when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy,” was confirmed. Shiite worshippers from Iran’s surrogate minions at the Houthi Al-Hashoush Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, were engaged in the following exchange just as they were immolated by an ISIS homicide bombing: “Preacher: Our belief in Allah will increase after today. We will triumph over their deceit and their arrogance. Allah is with us…Worshippers: Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allah Akbar.” (Then Kaboom!—literally!!)
Khamenei could not have been more blunt and explicit in his pronouncements, while the Sunni ISIS on Shiite Iran-proxy murderous violence in Yemen should speak for itself. Nonetheless, one can be certain that the self-evident implications of both Khamenei’s words and the Sunni-Shiite internecine jihadist carnage in Yemen will be ignored, obfuscated, or dismissed by a vast swath of the U.S. political, media, academic, and religious establishment. Most assuredly, and ominously, this willful denial applies to the Obama Administration brain trust brokering a dangerous and destabilizing nuclear agreement with Iran, enshrining Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium, with simultaneous “quick” economic sanctions relief, and even a partial lifting of the embargo on arms sales to the Islamic Republic