"Is the Western world at war with the Islamic Republic of Iran?"
"The Iranian regime ships deadly weapons to its militia allies in Iraq, funding the escalation in violence against U.S. troops.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered the Iranian Quds forces to offer military support to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s army in its war
against "the axis of evil": the U.S., France and the UK.
Khamenei recently sent a letter to America officials, threatening Iranian retaliation against U.S. troops in Iraq should Washington continue
pressuring the Syrian leadership.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is utilizing the unrest in the Arab world to weaken the West's position in the Middle East, and divert attention away
from its nuclear program.
The head of the Iranian regime is not the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but rather the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian regime, according to its 1989 constitution, is dedicated to jihad to spread the Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution, to re-establish the
Caliphate, and impose Islamic law (sharia) globally. These are precisely the same objectives pursued by terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, HAMAS, and
Hezbollah—which may explain why they have all been linked together with Iran in operational relationships for so many decades.
The primary mission of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is to keep the regime in power. In an especially visible way since the popular
uprising after the fraudulent 2009 presidential elections, the IRGC and its subordinate Bassij units have used sheer brutality and terror to suppress
the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people......"
"This is a region of the world dominated by a warrior cult called Islam. As such it will remain an enemy of the West and of each other. It is a huge
The Syrian Horror Show
- Alan Caruba Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"Name me a country where funeral processions get fired upon and more people die on the way to burying the latest martyrs for peace and freedom?
It’s just about any country in the Middle East and on July 19 it was Syria where ten people died in Homs, a place where some fifty have died in the
past week protesting the second generation of the Assad dictatorship.
It was not the first time the Damascus embassy had been attacked. In December 2006, al Qaeda was credited with blowing up a car bomb outside as a gang
of armed men tried to break in. The attack, though, has all the earmarks of an Iranian operation...Let’s see, when was the last time a U.S. embassy
was attacked? It was 1979 in Tehran when the Iranians took its staff hostage and held them for 444 days. The Iranians were behind the 1983 suicide
attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241. These days they all but own Syria as they patiently work their way toward possessing
nuclear-tipped missiles with which to threaten the Middle East and everywhere else.
After World War I, Syria was carved out of the former Ottoman Empire and ceded to French colonial control. In 1946, the French granted it
independence. It then passed through a series of military coups until Basher’s father, Hafez Assad, took control of Syria....Upon his death, it
passed to his son, Bashar in 2000. In May 2007, Bashar was “elected” to his second term.This is not exactly a definition of a democracy, but
neither is any nation in the Middle East and never was.
In the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Hafez joined with Egypt and, in the process, lost the Golan Heights, a strategic victory for the Israelis who have shown
no intention of returning it or the ancient Israeli provinces of Samaria and Judea, won from Jordan, and now commonly but mistakenly called the West
Bank. The Israelis do not “occupy” it. They lived there three thousand years ago.
The Egyptians lost the Gaza at that time, but the Israelis have since ceded it to the Palestinians in the hope they might establish a state, but they
have never shown the slightest inclination of establishing one except as a base from which to attack the Israelis.
Syria has been a classic police state. Reportedly, Iran has deployed 10,000 troops to Syria to protect the Assad regime and are in effective control
of the nation....the site of the latest killings.
In February 2009, it was reported that President Obama had decided to send a new U.S. ambassador to Syria and lift sanctions against a nation believed
to have aided al Qaeda in Iraq and of secretly building a nuclear reactor. The Israelis, as they had done earlier with a reactor Saddam Hussein was
building, bombed it to rubble in 2009.
So far, President Obama’s philosophy of talking nicely to our enemies in the Middle East has not worked and anyone with the slightest knowledge of
the history of the region could have told him that. The current U.S. policy is to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Expecting the Middle East
to act in any civilized fashion or thinking it can be taken over and reformed by sheer military force is clearly a fool’s dream.
Afghanistan has resisted control since the days of Alexander the Great. The Ottoman Empire, run by the Turks from the 1300s until the early 1920s did
a fairly good job of maintaining the peace until it collapsed of its own dead weight
Just because those in the Middle East have the outward appearance of modernity, it is an illusion. This is a region of the world dominated by a
warrior cult called Islam. As such it will remain an enemy of the West and of each other. It is a huge horror show....."
© Alan Caruba, 2011