Iran's Supreme Leader Challenges U.S. Policy in the Middle East

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall - Since the signing of the nuclear deal, the Iranian leadership has been affirming that the antagonistic relationship between Iran and the U.S. will not change. Supreme Leader Khamenei keeps declaring that Iranian and U.S. interests are completely opposed to each other. Iran, which continues to view the U.S. as an enemy and as the Great Satan, will keep fighting it even after the deal, and will keep helping its friends in the Middle East (Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas, etc.). On July 11, 2015, Khamenei said, "The fight against arrogance [the U.S.], the fight against the imperialist system, cannot be suspended; [this struggle] is part of our mission, part of our fundamental duty, one of the pillars of the Islamic Revolution....If the fight against arrogance is not waged, it means we are not acting according to the tenets of the Koran. The fight against arrogance cannot be brought to an end...and the United States is the most perfect example of the definition of arrogance." Khamenei has posted on his homepage a defiant infographic that describes and maps the huge disparities ("180 degrees") between Iranian and U.S. policy in the Middle East. A translation of the Khamenei infographic is presented here. The writer, an expert on strategic issues with a focus on Iran, terrorism, and the Middle East, is a senior analyst at the Jerusalem Center and at Foresight Prudence.

2015-08-12 00:00:00

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