Iran Risks Fate of Imperial Japan
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah, Editor-in-Chief
September 4, 2006
Kuwait - Arab Times - Original
IT appears that Iran has opened three fronts in the eastern Middle
East. Depending on the pressure being applied to Tehran over its nuclear program,
it raises and lowers the heat in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Gulf. All of these
fronts have been on high alert, as Iran's confrontation with the international
community has intensified and the deadline for imposing sanctions and
punishment has drawn closer.
Tehran's battlefront in Iraq extends deep into the south. The
recent shooting along Kuwait's border with Iraq, which coincided with U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's visit to Tehran and his warning to President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has raised suspicions. [Annan criticized the Iranian quite
openly for denying the Holocaust ] Ahmadinejad's choice of the Cold
War language shows that due to an economy in crisis, Iran's internal situation
With his extremist methods and by creating disputes both
internationally and regionally, the Iranian President is trying to divert the
attention of his people from the domestic crisis. This was evident when
Ahmadinejad accused the Gulf States of standing with the international
community, and when he threatened to set the entire Gulf region aflame if its people
dared stand in the way of Tehran's nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad has no right to accuse the Gulf States or impose his
authority over them. As such threats cannot be called politically astute or noble,
we consider his threats a reflection of “killing arrogance,” which will
eventually bring his end. When the Shah of Iran tried to play the role of a
regional cop, we all remember how the Gulf States stood against him. We also
remember how the Ayatollah Ali Al-Khomeini's Islamic Revolution ended the Shah's
Now Ahmadinejad wants to play that role, while at the same time trying
to convince us that Islamic Revolution has no intention of implementing Tehran's
aggressive, greedy policies to expand its influence throughout the Gulf.
Ahmadinejad, who represents the peak of Persian ambition, has taken to the role
of a regional cop with such arrogance, that he has even challenged U.S.
President George Bush to a debate. The President of Iran wants to debate the reform
of the international system, while he is incapable of reforming his own
We speak these words because Iran is an important neighboring
country, which should play a cooperative role in tune with the importance of our
strategic region. We don't want Iran to become a victim of its own arrogance
and meet the fate of Japan, which was defeated in the World War II after the
dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Iran should know that it
takes only a tiny spark to ignite a huge fire. World War I was the result of
the assassination of the Austrian Crown Prince and World War II was sparked by
the ambitions of Adolph Hitler.
We don't want Ahmadinejad's name included on the list of those who
are held responsible for participating in crimes against humanity. We're sorry
to note that in such a vital region so rich in oil and natural gas, certain foolhardy
and adventuresome leaders are willing to jeopardize the peace by accusing
others of being [foreign] agents without any proof. These leaders must remember
that arrogance is a very dangerous disease.
VIDEO FROM IRAN: AHMADINEJAD ASKS
IRINN TV, IRAN: Excerpts from a press conference with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, August 29, 00:09:29, Via MEMRI
'WHAT ARE AMERICANS
DOING IN IRAQ?'
"They say that three and a half years ago, they came to topple Saddam. Fine. It was you who encouraged Saddam to attack other countries. You instilled courage in him and supported him. You were the cause of all of Saddam's crimes. Once he ceased to be useful to you, and you wanted to remove him, so you did. What are you doing now?"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad