Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Khamenei blames Iraq insurgency on Americans and Isrealis 

Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed the United States and Israel for the insurgency in Iraq. It's no surprise that he would say such a thing on its face -- after all, the United States invaded Iraq, which triggered the insurgency, and Muslim leaders blame bad weather on Israelis.

But he doesn't mean that the United States created the conditions in which insurgency could flourish. He actually means that the Americans and the Isrealis are orchestrating the insurgency!:
In comments made during a meeting with visiting Singaporean Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, Khamenei said: ``We seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis in conducting such horrendous terrorist acts and cannot believe the people who kidnap Philippines nationals, for instance, or behead U.S. nationals are Muslims.''

There is no report of Prime Minister Goh's response, but I'm assuming that it involved snorting shark fin soup up into his nose.

This is, obviously, a lie of such magnitude that even Michael Moore does not believe it: "The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not `insurgents' or `terrorists' or `The Enemy.' They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win." Or maybe he does, given the Paul Revenue metaphor. It's always a little hard to tell with Moore.

In any case, the Ayatollah Khamenei is one of Islam's most important leaders and he runs a country that is on the brink of getting nuclear weapons. Understand his point of view, think about the governments in history who unabashedly said such things, and consider whether most Americans are grossly underestimating the threat of radical Islam.

CWCID: Andrew Sullivan.


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