Those nice Iranians sure get around

ABUJA, Nigeria –  Nigerian intelligence officials and diplomats have concluded that the Iranian government was behind a secret shipment of weapons discovered last month in shipping containers, according to internal documents seen Thursday by The Associated Press.

Yet some are calling for us to include Iran in talks with the Afghanistan Government and the Taliban.  You might ask if this article is related at all.  Well I would suggest that Iran in currently the largest threat to the middle east.  It’s hands are everywhere from Gaza to apparently Nigeria.  I can tell you without a doubt they have been in Iraq and not all their work in Afghanistan has been for the good of either that country or the goals of the US.

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Many years ago, in the eighties I was lucky enough to have been invited to and Iranian – American wedding party.   I enjoyed it very much and find Iranians in general very nice people.  My argument isn’t against Iranians but a government that promotes barbaric actions and terror around the globe.  The current Iranian government cannot be talked to and it has been this way since 1979.  Some day when something big blows up we’ll remember that.

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5 thoughts on “Those nice Iranians sure get around

  1. JB, there is another way to think about it.

    We need to be more sophisticated, subtle and “cool” than Khamenei.

    One of the best way to deal with a bully is casually. Don’t let them mess with our heads or make us emotional or uneasy in any way. Respond to their threats by “chilling” and always being very polite, self confident, and self reassured. Convey a sense of happiness and inner peace in everything we do. Let the inner light shine through us.

    Is this naive? Maybe not. After all, Jesus pulled it off. He was the definition of “cool.” And not just Jesus. Many greats from many civilizations in the past were like that.

    In the case of Iran, we should respond to their anger and insults with calm, steadiness, and inner happiness.

    Politely invite them to train the ANSF and participate formally in ISAF PRTs, UNAMA, and Afghan reconstruction. If Iran refuses Afghanistan’s request for help, then Khamenei reveals himself to the Afghan people, GIRoA, ANSF, and the region to not be a friend of Afghanistan. Let this play itself out.

    We have to quit responding emotionally and start behaving “cool.”

    If Iran does formally join NTM-A, UNAMA, and ISAF PRTs; then the GIRoA, ANSF and ISAF will be able to much more closely monitor their activities.

    “keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.”

  2. When Khamenei messes around in Nigeria, he weakens himself within Africa and among internationals in general.

    Notice how Iran and Israel are consistently by far the two most unpopular countries on earth, with Iran more unpopular than Israel. This is true across Asia, Africa and Europe.

    The international sanctions against Iran are biting . . . hard. Iran is isolated. Let’s see where this goes.

  3. See Anan, we just see things a bit different. I’ve always found the best way to deal with a bully is a sharp jab in the nose and finishing right to the jaw. There is a time when enough is enough.

    When we give in to bullies we only encourage their actions. Then when things have gone too far we are forced to really hurt them. It’s like feeding the crocodile hoping he eats you last. When generally a quick bullet in its head will stop the problem right there.

    But never fear Anan we don’t have the courage to confront Iran. Not yet anyway.

    I also believe however you don’t threaten until your ready to act.

    You say, “When Khamenei messes around in Nigeria, he weakens himself within Africa and among internationals in general.” I again disagree. I would suggest that Iran has in the past twenty years gained considerable stature. This by continually pushing it’s influence where it can. Then flaunting it. While the west continues to try and “negotiate”.

    I say you don’t negotiate with a rattlesnake you tear it’s head off. Then make stew. Ya see the rattlesnake by it’s nature with strike you. Even when it knows it’ll get hurt in return. So might as well not give it the chance.

  4. “I’ve always found the best way to deal with a bully is a sharp jab in the nose and finishing right to the jaw. There is a time when enough is enough.”

    That is exactly what is happening. International sanctions are biting hard. Iranian oil production and exports are falling fast. China is reducing their oil imports from Iran by half.

    Within Iran, the Iranian people are screaming about the sanctions. Ahmeninijad and Khamenei are perceived as illegitimate and unlikely to last.

    For whatever reason, the US and international community has not done nearly enough to back reformers since the 1980s. This is a long pole effort. Investments in Iranian civil society take over a decade to pay off. Despite this lack of effort, Iranian civil society is doing quite well against the regime.

    “would suggest that Iran has in the past twenty years gained considerable stature. This by continually pushing it’s influence where it can. Then flaunting it.” We disagree completely regarding this. Khamenei and Ahmeninijad are widely laughed at around the world and are percieved as a week horse internationals don’t want to associate with.

    Notice how Maliki insulted Ahmeninijad by not congratulating him for his election victory. Iran didn’t invite India for their national day because of Indian pressure on their nuclear program. Ahmeninijad and Khamenei have been forced to bash Russia as a “satan” in public. The regime is crumbling.

    Why do you want to give the Iranian more “stature” than they have?

    “I also believe however you don’t threaten until your ready to act.” Agreed. We have larger fish to fry than Khamenei and IRGC Kuds. Let’s focus on these larger enemies first.

  5. I was just reading that Muslims in Cairo Burnt down 10 Christian Homes because of a Rumor that a Christian had an Affair with a Muslim Girl. Damn , Where do I sign up to be a Muslim…They make up the Rules as they see fit…Rumors can now get your house burned down.
    Muslim Worshipers are going to have to take hold of their own Kind or the World is not going to put up with there S#$t…

    11th

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