Rohani does not see the disasters in Iran’s foreign interference

Let’s rewind Rohani’s speech and turn it around and we will discover that the man really has a sense of humour and, yes, he reads data.
Sunday 02/12/2018
In denial. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the 32nd annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, on November 24. (Iranian Presidency)
In denial. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the 32nd annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, on November 24. (Iranian Presidency)

Iranian President Hassan Rohani is not known for his sense of humour but hearing his speech at the International Islamic Unity Conference hosted by Tehran makes one doubt that understanding.

In his speech, Rohani stated with a straight face: “We are prepared to do everything possible to protect the interests of the Saudi people against terrorism and the superpowers… as we have done to support the cause of the people in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.”

Not a single Saudi would be willing to accept Rohani’s offer because “Iranian support” to the countries cited by the Iranian president led to nothing but disasters that turned them into more like places hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake.

One was tempted to believe the man was practising self-derision but, no, he was serious. Obviously, Rohani hasn’t seen data showing that Iraq is in economic collapse, political disarray and social rupture. Failure is everywhere in Iraq. Iraqis can’t even find drinking water, let alone medicine, food or shelter.

As to Syria, dozens of cities and villages have been reduced to rubble and 12 million Syrians have been forced to migrate. Terrorism is master of the land. Whatever is left of Iraq and Syria is being eaten away by the virus of corruption.

In the case of Afghanistan, and as you can see, Mr President, but of course you can’t see, it has become a country at war with itself, its neighbours and the whole world. Afghanistan itself does not know how Afghanis live nor does it know where they’re going or what kind of future awaits them.

In Yemen, Iran has supported militias to carry out a coup, seize power and drive tens of millions of its people to the shores of famine and epidemics. While Tehran has no problem supplying militias with missiles to bomb the Saudi people (who, ironically, Rohani said he wanted to support), it didn’t bother to send food and medicine to help the stricken Yemeni people. Tehran knows only how to supply weapons and gangs of foreign terrorists to shore up the rebels against their own people.

The real humour in some “anti-jokes” can be appreciated only if they are turned upside down. Let’s rewind Rohani’s speech and turn it around and we will discover that the man really has a sense of humour and, yes, he reads data.

Suppose Rohani said: “We are prepared to do everything possible to protect the interests of the Saudi people against terrorism and the superpowers… as we have done to support the peoples of Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Denmark.” Wouldn’t that be a real joke? Rohani, of course, can never dare give examples of that nature so he resorted to catastrophic examples only. Let’s skip the rest of the speech.

The ones who deserve Rohani’s diligence and generosity are the Iranian people but my fear is that if the support came from the government of the wilayat al-faqih, the Iranians would find themselves in the same state as the examples of the people having received Iranian support cited in Rohani’s speech. The Iranians are on the brink of an economic abyss and are going to tumble into collapse and bankruptcy anyway.

Rohani closed his speech with a lofty sentence. Without breaking into even the tiniest smile, he said that “relying on foreigners is one of the biggest mistakes in history.”

What a piece of historical wisdom. It was as if Rohani’s militias in Iraq had not relied on the Americans when they invaded Iraq or as if his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps did not rely on the Russians to destroy what remained of Syria. It was as if Afghani President Hamid Karzai, who was sitting next to Rohani, did not rely on NATO no less and as if the Iranians in Yemen were not foreigners in that country.

No one can claim that Rohani has no sense of humour. In fact, I wanted to ask him: “Was there some hidden irony in your mention of ‘Iranian support’ or are you seriously ignorant of what has happened to the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen?”

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