The U.S. Democratic Party and the Islamic Republic of Iran are using practically the same language to attack Republicans, according to news stories appearing in the Middle Eastern press.
A firestorm erupted over the controversial letter to the Iranian government from 47 GOP Senators regarding the nascent nuclear agreement between the Iran and President Barack Obama. Democratic lawmakers have charged the Republicans with a variety of transgressions, such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California who accused Republicans of hurting national security. Others have said the letter was infantile, unnecessary, disloyal, illegal, or treasonous.
Iranian officials have take a similarly hostile stance. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the letter “indicates the ‘collapse of political morality’ in the United States.” He told members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts that “the letter is an indication that the U.S. is ‘disintegrating’ from within,” according to the Tehran Times.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the letter lacks “legal validity” and that the Republican U.S. senators are “ignorant of international law.” He denounced the effort as “just a propaganda scheme.”
The chief of staff for the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, repeated the claim that Iran had no interest in nuclear weapons. “Time and again, we have said that we are not in pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Firouzabadi said. “Everyone knows well the world will depend on nuclear energy when oil reserves are finished. The world powers want to keep us dependent and impoverished.” He concluded, “It’s to the benefit of the West to come to an agreement with Iran and abandon its adventurism and plots. The West should let Iran develop and defend its neighbors.”
When asked whether Iran is planning to have military presence in neighboring countries in case of escalating conflict with Islamic State terrorists, the general said, “Definitely, we won’t have a military presence. It’s up to nations to stand up for their own rights, so it’s not acceptable to send armed forces to other countries under the pretext of defense or establishment of peace. That’s why we have expressed opposition to what the Americans are doing.”
The top general added, “Every individual is morally and religiously duty-bound to make sacrifices in defense of his homeland.” He went further by addressing Israel as well. He asserted that, “Jews who have formed a government in occupied territories are usurpers and cannot stay there. Holding democratic elections to ensure people’s right to self-determination is the way to settle the dispute. After democratic elections, Israeli Zionists can decide whether they want to stay or leave; basically it’s not a complicated issue to make so much fuss about.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. This article originally appeared in the Examiner and is reprinted by permission of the author.