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Iran will defend “oppressed muslims”

From Breitbart

A high-ranking Iranian cleric on Friday said the country should grow into a military super power to defend all Muslims, following an army parade at a time of mounting tension with the West.”In a not so distant future, we should reach a point to have the most powerful military equipment in the world so that no one even think about invading our borders.” Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.

“And not only that of the Islamic republic, but also the borders of Islam … We must defend oppressed Muslims everywhere so that the enemies do not dare to attack Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq.”

On Thursday’s annual Army Day celebration in Tehran, dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft flew over the parade ground in a bid to show the power of the air force.

Also on display was Iran’s Shahab-3 missile, whose range includes Israel and even the fringes of Europe.

The hardline cleric also vowed to cheering worshippers, who chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” that their slogans will materialise.

“I tell you that the death of the United States has come. You shouted Death to the Shah and he died,” Jannati said, referring to the monarch overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution and who died in exile.

“You say Death to Israel and it is dying. You say Death to America and it does not take so long that its death prayer will be said.”

I’ve got a few Iranian friends, and none of them seem as wacky as this fellow.

This type of language just feeds the “Bomb-Iran” feeling that has been around since 1979. I hate to think the normal, every-day Iranians are going to allow themselves to go over the cliff with the mullahs, but that is exactly where they are being led.

And, there won’t be too many tears shed when it happens.

To bring peace to the Afghans, talk to the Taleban

Adam Holloway says that Britain’s strategy in Afghanistan is misconceived. Nato’s military presence should be reduced and the battle for hearts and minds fought more imaginatively

They do not like the F-word in Whitehall, but failure stares us in the face in southern Afghanistan. For three years we have deluded ourselves that we can defeat the insurgency in the Pashtun tribal belt through our much talked-about plan for a ‘comprehensive approach’ — security, governance and development. But in Helmand province and across the Pashtun lands, violence is greatly increased, governance is distinctly patchy and development is barely noticeable.

The government tells us that we are there to stop it becoming a failed state in which our enemies can regroup. Around 50,000 Western soldiers would drive away the Taleban, al-Qa’eda and their friends. But there are other failed states in the world, other areas where extremists are organising against us. Apart from the experience of 11 September 2001, Afghanistan is no more special than the tribal areas of Pakistan or several other places. Surely we can keep tabs on al-Qa’eda without the deployment of tens of thousands of troops, hundreds of lives and billions of dollars? It is not a case of either this, or nothing.

From Michael Yon … “The United Kingdom is a critical partner in the Afghan war. Mr.Holloway’s controversial article deserves serious consideration and discussion. Furthermore, this Member of Parliament is willing to open a direct line to citizen-voices from the United States, and so with his permission, Mr. Holloway’s email address: hollowaya@parliament.uk

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