[Iran President Hassan Rouhani issued a warning to the U.S. and
President Donald Trump, saying, "You are not in a position to move
against the security and interests of this country."]
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 TRUMP AND IRAN’S ROUHANI THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH THE MOTHER OF ALL
WARS  
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 Juan Cole 
 July 23, 2018
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 _ Iran President Hassan Rouhani issued a warning to the U.S. and
President Donald Trump, saying, "You are not in a position to move
against the security and interests of this country." _ 

 , Screenshot Reuters 

 

In remarks Saturday to the Iranian foreign policy establishment in
Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani gave some warnings
[http://www.hamshahrionline.ir/details/411452] to U.S. President
Donald Trump. He said, “Mr. Trump, do not play with the lion’s
tail. The only result of such a course will be profound regret.”

With regard to Washington’s current attempts to sow the seeds of
instability in Iran, he said, “You are not in a position to move
against the security and interests of this country, the nation of
Iran.”

“America,” he said, “must know that peace with Iran is the
mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”

Critics of the president were astonished at this diction, which echoed
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s description of the Gulf War of 1991
as “the mother of all battles.” (This is actually an Arabic idiom
and “mother” could be translated as “essence.” No similar
idiom exists in Persian, so Rouhani is speaking a translated Persian
form of Dictator Arabic.) Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in September of
1980 and the two fought a major war until 1988. The Iraqi leader was
the most hated man in Iran, and to have an Iranian president more or
less quote him is shocking, to say the least.

It should be said, however, that Rouhani was not talking about
attacking the U.S. In fact, he began by saying that Iran was glad to
offer Washington the “mother of all peace.” He went on to say that
if Trump instead opted to attack Iran, then _that_ would result in the
mother of all wars. 
The U.S. press likely will try to turn Rouhani into the aggressor
here, however, in a long tradition that goes back to William Randolph
Hearst. Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev once observed in Russian that
communism would outlast capitalism and that Soviets would still be
around to bury capitalism, which would predecease it.

The U.S. press attributed to him the words, “We will bury
you!”—they made a statement of determination and steadfastness,
not of aggression. But I grew up believing the falsehood.

Iran signed a treaty with the U.S. in 2015 and observed all its
requirements. Trump has torn that treaty up and launched covert
operations to destabilize the country. Trump is the aggressor here,
and Rouhani was just saying that Iran would defend itself very
effectively if attacked.

This is true. Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq was the biggest
debacle in the history of American foreign policy. Iran is
geographically and demographically three times larger than Iraq, so do
the math.

Still, Rouhani’s words are most unwise and are, indeed, shocking and
shameful.

Speaking of shocking and shameful, Trump, of course, always has to be
the biggest dog, so he shouted at Rouhani on Twitter in all caps:

To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES
AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW
THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A
COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH.
BE CAUTIOUS!

 
Rouhani will note that Trump made similar threats to North Korea and
then turned around and staged a love fest. So, who knows, now that
Trump has gotten this out of his system, maybe he can move to a
rational policy.

Also, note that Rouhani is at a distinct disadvantage here, since
Persian has no capital letters.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a major policy speech on Iran
at the Reagan Library on Sunday. He brought some expatriate Iranians
along, who understandably hate the regime that chased their families
out of the country. He accused Iran of being ruled by hypocritical
clergymen.

Since Pompeo is a right-wing Christian who lauds Trump, the least
Christian politician of our times, methinks mayhaps Pompeo is a
hypocritical religious leader in his own right. Hugely hypocritical.

So this is the sad note we end on, that Trump has succeeded in his
goal of ratcheting up tensions with Iran and putting the two countries
on a war footing. How much of this plot was the influence on him of
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and of Mohamed Bin Salman
of Saudi Arabia and Mohamed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates,
will only be known years from now.

But to have the U.S. and Iran rattling sabers does not in the least
benefit the American people.

 Juan Cole / Informed Comment
[https://www.juancole.com/2018/07/rouhani-threaten-mother.html] 

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History
at the University of Michigan and the proprietor of the Informed
Comment e-zine. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements
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