So what does Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei think about the idea of peace and reconciliation that a new nuclear deal might herald, if senior regime officials like Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani are to be believed?
Not much, if this photo just posted on his website is to be believed. The caption reads, “The Zionist Regime is Condemned to Vanish.” It continues: “The Zionist regime is a regime with very shaky pillars. The Zionist regime is doomed. The Zionist regime is an imposed regime and was created with intimidation. Nothing created with intimidation can last long and this one will not last long either.” So much for peace and so much for “Dialogue of Civilizations.”
But why should Israel worry? After all, President Obama has made Israel’s security a red-line, and when are Obama’s red-lines not to be believed? (Full-disclosure: I tried to ask some Ukrainians this, but the Russians occupying their country had cut the phone lines, and all the Syrians I sought to contact had been displaced by Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons use). Then again, Obama from the start has been all about hope. So let’s hope that all Khamenei aims to do with the $100 billion windfall he is due to receive because of the pending nuclear deal will be to order millions more pavement murals of symbols of Judaism upon which Iran’s supreme leader can trample during his morning constitutional. Ballistic missiles? Nuclear warheads? What? Me worry?
Finding Trout In Your Milk?
“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.” The Danger of American Fascism, Henry A. Wallace, 1944