"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Sermon from Iran: Iran Protects the Gulf

"Thanks God, we are now at a point in which no one can deprive us of our nuclear technology" - Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati
Scattered clouds and temps in the low 90's welcomed worshipers today in Tehran as Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati praised the Ahmadinejad Administration actions in the past two years and the necessity of hanging tough against the evil hegemonic Great Satan.

The headline "Major Cleric Strongly Supports President Ahmadinejads Government," is amusing in the sense that if this cleric and others didn't support the government of Ahmadinejad it would no longer be his, not that it really is his to begin with.

"If a government is weak, it resorts to flattery, courtesy and respect and even if it is against something, it doesn't dare to announce its opposition, but a strong government announces its opposition frankly."

"The grandeur of this government has been established now everywhere and the world has known about its stability." Stressing that all the threats and sanctions by the hegemonic powers have been futile, Ayatollah Jannati said they thought that they could reach their objectives by employing the language of force and they used this language in the negotiations but "we never retracted from our positions."

In other news, it is becoming more and more apparent that it may be safe to leave Iraq as Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said:

"The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly protects security of the Persian Gulf region. The powerful and vigilant armed forces of Iran are determined to seriously deal with any threat at this strategic waterway."
The gig is up as the Islamic Republic knows what the U.S. is up to:

"The US is now trying to take advantage of regional conflicts to achieve its goals. By resorting to a policy of intimidation, the US wants to find a way out of the quagmire and continue its illegal presence in the region."

How might this tie in with Jannati's "but a strong government announces its opposition frankly," comments from the Sermon today?

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