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A self-made Martyr? Or ‘when in Iran……’

By Mike Cunningham On October 14th, 2014 at 10:16 am

If you are resident in, or just visiting a country with different rules of behaviour to those in the West; if you are sensible, or careful, or even just endowed with average amounts of common sense, you don’t go against the traditions or norms of that country. You may not like those traditions, you might even believe that those traditions are unjust, outdated or even cruel, but it is the action of a wise person to obey those traditions.

In Saudi Arabia, for example, if you are a woman, you are always veiled; you do not drive a car, or even sit in a car without a male relative beside you; for fear that your very presence might inflame a nearby man with impure thoughts. So you don’t drive, or go out by yourself.

In Iran, another country with stiff rules of behaviour, all of which are both well publicised and well-understood; if you are a woman you do not go, by yourself, to watch a bunch of MEN playing basketball, even if you simply adore bloody basketball!

So why all the fuss when a bunch of women, spoiling for both attention and a fight with the Iranian authorities, deliberately flout the laws of Iran, and after their arrest, claim the protection of the Foreign Office and the protestor’s family states that everyone is ‘torn apart’!


We can only Hope

By Patrick Van Roy On June 11th, 2014 at 11:37 am

my only thoughts are why wait?

Ted-Cruz-620x348Cruz: Israel Strike Against Iran ‘Could Happen In A Matter Of Months’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a small gathering of pro-Israel American leaders Tuesday that an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities “could happen in a matter of months.”

“In my view, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei believes there is no credible deterrence from the United States, there’s not realistic risk of significant consequence for moving forward with their nuclear development,” the Republican told the Spring National Leadership Meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) at the Willard Hotel. “That means, that if they keep going forward, I think if it comes down to it, I have real confidence that the nation of Israel will act to preserve her national security, even if this administration will not act first. And that could happen sooner rather than later — that could happen in a matter of months.”

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By David Vance On September 4th, 2013 at 7:22 am


I was reading that Israel’s leaders are reportedly unhappy that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are citing concern over Israel being hit by Syrian chemical weapons as a means to galvanize Congressional support for a strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime. I can understand their anxiety about the Obama’s regime sudden concern for Israel

Israel is “discomfited that both Obama and Kerry mentioned Israel as a potential victim of Assad’s chemical weapons,” Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Monday night. Israel, it quoted unnamed senior Israeli officials saying, “is not a victim. We don’t need America to take care of threats to Israel.” Israel’s army, the sources said, was perfectly capable of protecting Israel from any dangers posed by Assad.

I am sure that is the case. But the concerns run deeper than that…

Privately, Israeli leaders are said to be worried that Iran will read the delay in a US-led strike on Assad as an indication of American hesitancy and weakness, with potential implications for the Islamic Republic’s drive to a nuclear weapons capability.

This is the substantive point. Obama’s dithering and failure to lead over something like Syria – hardly a world power –  must cause glee in Tehran. The Mullahs see an amateur in charge in the White House which must embolden them enormously. Israel is right to feel concern,


By Pete Moore On June 15th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

CaptureNot the same as the old boss – possibly.

Hassan Rouhani has won the Iranian presidential election. The BBC describes him as a “reformist-backed candidate”, though what that means I don’t know. I described him as the boss, but (as far as I’m aware) Iranian presidents don’t quite have the power that we might think, even if the last one carried on as if he was addicted to e-numbers. There’s a bunch of his quotes on the BBC piece which seem inconclusive either way.

His wiki entry describes him as a centrist and being close to both the ruling clerics and the Green Movement, which was responsible for the anti-government protests a few years ago.

UPDATE: This BBC profile is a touch more promising.

He says he wants to steer the country towards moderation and has the backing of the reformists led by former President Mohammad Khatami.

He pulled large crowds wherever he was on the campaign trail – speaking of reform, promising to free political prisoners, to guarantee civil rights and promising to return “dignity to the nation” […]

He has also vowed to restore diplomatic ties with Iran’s old enemy, the United States, which cut relations with Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran by Islamist students.


By Pete Moore On May 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm


Having read a bit about Iran over the last few years, I suspect it’s a stunningly beautiful and endlessly fascinating place. If it ever opens up I’ll be in there with my walking boots like a shot. A Kiwi snapper’s been a few times and has produced some gorgeous photographs, or others which are very interesting, like the one above showing two soldiers being attacked and forced off a tube train in Tehran.

Equally fascinating are the captions. Do have a look at the rest.

(h/t lew rockwell)


By David Vance On November 27th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Yes, yes, I KNOW that back in October 27, 2005, Iranian President Ahmadinejad declared in Persian that his country would “wipe Israel off the map.” (Some commentators in the United States, most notably University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, argued that the phrase was a mistranslation and that Ahmadinejad did not have genocidal intent.[1] But, the Islamic Republic’s official English translation rendered the phrase “Israel must be wiped off the map,” [2] and the regime reiterated its English translation on billboards and murals.[3])

BUT leaving that small matter of genocidal intent to one one side, wonder what you make of this?

“Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.”

Rubbish. It HAS to be a mistranslation. Yes, that feels better, doesn’t it? Denial is such an easy alternative to dealing with REALITY.

and the difference is?

By Mike Cunningham On November 18th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

In the present somewhat amateur attempts at mass assassination by the terrorists of Hamas, and the more qualified and targeted killing responses by the Israeli Air Force, I have noticed a somewhat telling similarity in the reporting of the conflict, not only from the entirely-predictable BBC (Israelis….really nasty, brutal and bad); and the Palestinians (noble, hard done-by and forlornly waging a war against a brutal oppressor): but also from such as Sky, CNN and others.

Let me tell you a story, and see if it sounds feasible!

You are living in a country which has been at war for over four years, your Nation’s leaders have made some really bad judgements, but there is still an overwhelming support for the war to be fought, and won. Your Armed forces, alongside your Allies, have crossed the narrow waters which separate your lands from the Occupied Continent; landed successfully along a broad beachhead, and have broken through heavy defences, and are making headway towards the enemy’s borders. Your Eastern Allies, who indeed have suffered more than any other are moving ever westwards, seeking revenge. The nightly raids, the incessant terror-bombing of your cities and towns, which destroyed so much, and killed so many, is now but a distant memory, because your Country’s bombers are heading outwards at night, along with your Allies’ bombers during the day.

You live in a quiet street in a West London suburb called Chiswick. You have heard the enemy bombers as they drone menacingly overhead, you know when to take cover, or hasten to the shelter areas. The air-raid sirens’ wail is still well-remembered, and your relatives have drilled it into your head that any warning is better than none at all. So you are as relaxed as is possible, as there are no alarms, or warning noises, or indeed official broadcasts or warnings. You have no warning before being blown into smithereens, along with two others, together with 22 injured; the explosion also demolishes 11 houses, and seriously damages a further 22. The crater measures 30 feet across, and is 8 foot deep. You are the first victims of the V2 ballstic missile, the V standing for  Verwaltungswaffen, or retaliation weapon. Boosted by a sixty-five-second explosive burn from an rocket engine, the V2 soared some fifty miles into the stratosphere in a parabolic arc which ended with the detonation of just under a ton of explosives upon impact. There was no defence, as the missile was faster than the speed of sound; no defence, as radar could not possibly interrogate the path of this terror weaponry. If your Nations’ main enemy can manufacture enough missiles, they can strike anywhere. The only means of retaliation is to destroy the means of missile production.

If Hamas gets a new delivery of more sophisticated Iranian weaponry, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will come under daily bombardment, despite Jerusalem being the third holiest place for all Muslims.

Is Israel willing to move? Is Hamas suicidal enough to continue encouraging their rocket attacks on Israel?

Place your bets!


By David Vance On September 25th, 2012 at 10:03 am

Well now, birds of a feather and all that, right?

A report today in an official outlet of the Iranian regime claims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, will meet with members of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Ahmadinejad is currently in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, where these reported meetings will take place.

It’s my view that Mahmoud the moonbat should NOT be allowed to strut his appalling presence on US soil and YES I believe the UN is on US soil. (A shame, they should throw the bums out and let them find a more suitable base for their operations, say North Korea)  The fact that this holocaust denying Jew-hater wishes to talk to the Occupy Wall Street rabble tells you plenty about both.


By David Vance On September 24th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I can’t say that I am really that surprised to read that Obama and Iranian grand loon Ahmadinejad see some things very similarly..

“In an interview to air tonight on CBS’s 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama will refer to Israel’s concern over Iran’s march toward a nuclear program as “noise.” “When it comes to our national security decisions — any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there,” Obama says.

Now, what does Ahmadinehad reckon?

“I have spoken about this topic at length, previously. We generally speaking do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them. Of course they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves. But I do not believe they will succeed. Iran is also a very well recognized country and her defensive powers are very clear.”

Hand in glove with the holocaust denying vile creature that is Iranian President.

NOW, four more years, right?  Second holocaust? Nah, it could never happen….


By Pete Moore On September 20th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Who says violence never solved anything? Frankly, some people deserve a kicking (list available on application – PM) such as this busybody goon:

An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan after giving her a warning for being “badly covered,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported.

Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the woman in the street while on his way to the mosque in the town of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover herself up, to which she replied “you, cover your eyes,” according to Mehr. The cleric repeated his warning, which he said prompted her to insult and push him.

“I fell on my back on the floor,” Beheshti said in the report. “I don’t know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me” […]  Beheshti said he was hospitalized for three days.

If true, what splendid news! I do love a spirited chick, and if she’s a typically beautiful Persian then so much the better. Till his dying day I hope Cleric Ali sees a girl like this, in his mind’s eye, kicking the crap out of him.