After so many busts so far, we have witnessed a new embarrassment to Iran’s image at the international scene. Unlike in previous cases when the Islamic leadership made up excuses, most of which were twice as lame as they could be legitimate (the laptop possession denial, the timely confession about the underground facility), this time it hasn’t made a minimum effort to conceal the essence behind another unsuccessful operation.
I am talking about the recent shipment of weapons on an Antiguan ship caught by the Israeli military. The huge arsenal was allegedly traveling to Lebanon which reportedly violates a UN arms embargo imposed on the country. The reaction of the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki – calling the action “official piracy in the name of inspection” – speaks for itself. His statement must be interpreted as a revelation that Iran does officially the best it can to wipe Israel off the map of the world. He officially criticizes the Israeli operation instead of trying to think of another lie that would partially conceal Iran’s most recent shame in front of the world.
It doesn’t matter much whether the Islamic leadership is trying to fulfill President Ahmadinejad’s alleged dream through WMDs or through helping anti-Israeli militant groups, except for the intelligence agencies. What matters is how to put an end to the Iranian government’s ambitions – which are to acquire WMDs and to wipe Israel off the map.
I said it before and I will say it again. The Iranian people has gone through a lot of unfortunate circumstances. They have seen few good both from their corrupt governments – regardless of whether it was during the rule of a Shah or that of a Supreme Leader – and from the Western world which let Saddam Hussein violate international law by using biological weapon against them, and also of stripping a democratically elected Prime Minister of power because of an oil scandal – something that even U.S. President Barack Obama confessed. What we have seen recently (their protest against the election results) is their discontent toward Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Western world (including Israel).
With such circumstances, all that the Iranian people need to do, in my opinion, is change of their system from an Islamic one to a secular one with preventive policies against corruption which is among the main reasons for the outbreak of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. It is both to their good and to everybody else’s good, otherwise they risk having their country further isolated, and isolation in today’s world of advancing technology and globalization can only be unfortunate for them, especially after several decades when people will use different sources of energy from the black gold.