23 February 2008

My bro will beat the crap out of you

Many of us remember using this (mostly futile) threat when the fate, in the person of a neighborhood bully, was too close for comfort. Usually we stopped using this trick sooner or later.

It was rather strange to see something similar uttered by a fully grown up man - one Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the infamous Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

In the near future, we will witness the destruction of Israel, the aggressor, this cancerous microbe Israel, at the able hands of the soldiers of the community of Hezbollah.
Well, another variation on the eternal melody rendered usually so well by Mahmoud the Mad, you might say. However, more watchful people - in this case professor Barry Rubin of GLORIA Center - noticed that strange "delegation" of the task to Hezbolla.
One could just take that as bluster and propaganda. Yet, wait a minute; it reveals a major shift from what has been true for the last 60 years or more.

Jafari, and other Iranians, don't want to say that Iran itself is going to do the wiping out. After all, such hints in the past strengthened international resolve against Iran getting the nuclear weapons that it might use to destroy Israel. Such a posture also justifies an Israeli attack on Iran, since that country is openly threatening genocide against it.
More here. Read it.