Despite Moderate Demeanor & Nuclear Talks, Iran Still Threatens US With War

Owing to our recent focus on human rights issues (which happened to coincide with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s laughable public denial that Iran jails citizens for their opinions), it’s been a while since we’ve reported on the latest developments in US-Iranian relations – particularly on the nuclear front.

But there have been quite a few: last week, the US Senate approved – “overwhelmingly,” according to CNN, and “easily,” according to The New York Times – a bill that will allow Congress to review the emerging nuclear deal wh Iitran.

Naturally, this was wided in the US media, with some outlets being somewhat vaguer than others with regard to the precise nature of the bill (compare USA Today’s headline, “Senate approves Iran nuclear bill,” ely reportwhich could imply the Senate has approved the deal itself, with The Wall Street Journal’s far more meticulous one, “Senate Passes Bill Giving Congress Right to Weigh In on Iran Nuclear Deal”).

In Iran, however, things seemed far less rosy, with PressTV playing up a statement by a “New York geopolitical analyst” warning that Tehran is dealing with “a pack of warmongering liars” in the nuclear talks, including the “‘ideologically-driven’ irrational actors in Washington.” A quick search revealed that the “analyst” in question, Eric Draitser, is in fact the founder of, a website dedicated to, well, stopping US “imperialism.” He certainly has found a good audience in the Iranian regime, which somehow isn’t incongruous with his self-professed anti-fascist ideology – apparently, clerical fascism doesn’t count…

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian military commander issued a warning of his own: RT last week quoted Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami, lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), saying all-out war against Washington is “no big deal” for Tehran, which will “mobilize the Muslim world” against the country it still appears to perceive as its sworn enemy. Warmongering seems to flourish, nuclear deal or no.

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4 comments on “Despite Moderate Demeanor & Nuclear Talks, Iran Still Threatens US With War
  1. […] and its supporters often go on about the scourge of American “imperialism,” and Iran famously executed the leader of its Jewish community in 1979 on charges of “economic […]

  2. […] We’ve been pondering the “moderate” nature of Iran’s moderates since the June 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani. Since he won his seat on a “moderate” ticket, we have been hard-pressed to find evidence of Rouhani’s moderation: the unprecedented rise in executions certainly doesn’t fit the bill, nor does the continued belligerency towards the United States. […]

  3. […] directly or via proxies. Thus, despite the nuclear deal, and perhaps because of it,  Iran remains still a military threat – including to the […]

  4. […] such coverage often romanticizes, builds on and exaggerates Iran’s image – in keeping with the “moderate” image its regime attempts to maintain – to gloss over the still-risky aspects of travel (and business) […]

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