April 16, 2006

Nut Case

I present for your inspection General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the Iranian leader of the Revolutionary Guards. This is the guy who warned us about invisible airplanes, super fast torpedoes and sharks with fricken' laser beams. This report at Breitbart/AFP shows just how deep the pathology of lies and fear reaches into this culture:
Iran issues stark military warning to United States
Iran said it could defeat any American military action over its controversial nuclear drive, in one of the Islamic regime's boldest challenges yet to the United States.

"You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," said General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards and among the regime's most powerful figures.

"The Americans know better than anyone that their troops in the region and in Iraq are vulnerable. I would advise them not to commit such a strategic error," he told reporters on the sidelines of a pro-Palestinian conference in Tehran.
As if we were going to put troops on the ground for this one. A couple well-placed bombs and all that fancy North Korean, Chinese, Russian and French equipment becomes a pile of expensive exotic rubble. The article goes on a bit about the nutter who runs the place:
"The Zionist regime is an injustice and by its very nature a permanent threat," Ahmadinejad told the gathering of regime officials, visiting Palestinian militant leaders and foreign sympathizers.

"Whether you like it or not, the Zionist regime is on the road to being eliminated," said Ahmadinejad, whose regime does not recognise Israel and who drew international condemnation last year when he said Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Unfazed by his critics, the hardliner went on to repeat his controversial stance on the Holocaust.

"If there is serious doubt over the Holocaust, there is no doubt over the catastrophe and Holocaust being faced by the Palestinians," said the president, who had previously dismissed as a "myth" the killing of an estimated six million Jews by the Nazis and their allies during World War II.
And they seem to be putting their money where their mouth is along with lots of our Middle Eastern 'Allies'. From Michelle Malkin:
They are not with us
How did our "friends," Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, respond when we cut off and suspended $300 million in aid to the Hamas terrorist-controlled Palestinian Authority?

They lined up against us:
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $80m in aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, finance minister Omar Abdelrazek said yesterday.

“We have received pledges from the Arab world that will help us operate for several months,” the minister said on the website of Hamas. “In all, $20m from Saudi Arabia, $40m from Kuwait and $20m from the UAE are to be transferred,” he said. “We will not collapse despite the war being waged against us by the racist Zionists, by the United States and the European Union,” he said.

Abdelrazek said earlier that the government still faced a $120m monthly budget shortfall, despite having received $35m from Algeria. European Union governments yesterday endorsed the suspension of direct aid to the Palestinian Authority, the bloc’s Austrian presidency said.
Iran is kicking in more than $50 million. Russia has also pledged aid to Hamas.

More on the Hamas fundraising drive across Arab League states here and here.
The pathology of this culture is an unbelievable study -- the only thing that gives them their power is their oil reserves and with these getting harder and harder to extract (read: more $$$), they are looking to establish domination over as much land as they can. A second caliphate if you will. They didn't get the first one right and they are sure missing the boat on this one. The backlash is only beginning. Posted by DaveH at April 16, 2006 10:55 PM
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