Regardless its global standing vis-à-vis terror, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani argued yesterday that his country is the victim of terrorism, not its sponsor. Who then is behind it? According to Rouhani, the foremost sponsor is "the Israeli regime that was founded and continues to survive on terrorism." While implying that Israel is the parent of all terrorism in the world today, Rouhani named others too. They included Islamic State (ISIS), the Taliban and Boko Haram.
Rouhani made the remarks in Tehran. They were part of his keynote address at the so-called International Congress on 17,000 Iranian Terror Victims. The organization's first such conference, held in 2013, was labeled a national, not international, event. All of Iran's news agencies published summaries of Rouhani's speech.
The Tehran Times reported that Rouhani asserted "that the Zionist regime of Israel has been created on the basis of 'intimidation, terror and occupation' and it is following this [same] 'inhumane' path."
Press TV said Rouhani called terrorism, "one of the scourges plaguing the human community since old times."
Notably, in context, Rouhani's reference implied a long-time Jewish "scourge plaguing humanity." It also implied that all of today's expressions of terror are a direct result of that "scourge."
Fars News reported that Rouhani "blasted" Western hypocrisy, proven, he said, by "powers in Europe and the US which ...support a terrorist regime."
A "terrorist regime?” Iran Daily clarified what Rouhani meant. The West and the United Nations, Rouhani said, "have never condemned the 'Israeli regime' for committing war crimes and acts of genocide as well as organized attacks against Palestinians."
Speaking on behalf of the Islamic Republic, Rouhani's essential argument is that Iran's regional and international conduct via proxies like Hezbollah and the Taliban is not terrorism, but a defense against terror; it is not evil, but good. It is a rationale that does not bode well for his country's probable use of nuclear weapons that it could develop, even today, in less than a year.
Likewise, his indictment of Israel as the world's ancient source of terrorism does not bode well for the Jewish state.
Accordingly, Israel continues preparations to defend itself. In such a time as this.
Source: (Bridges for Peace, 1 September 2015)
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