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Hassan Rouhani Calls Trump An ‘International Pirate’ At UN, Says Mideast Is ‘On Edge Of Collapse’

"A single blunder can fuel a big fire".

A day after Donald Trump stood before the UN General Assembly and slandered Iran in the most abrasive terms imaginable, Hassan Rouhani got his chance to address the body.

Suffice to say he has a different take on the current standoff than his counterpart in Washington.

During a speech which started just after 11 AM in New York, the Iranian president accused the US of “abusing the international banking system” and violating UN agreements by unilaterally withdrawing from the nuclear accord. “Our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative”, he said, adding that Trump’s sanctions regime amounts to “merciless economic terrorism” and “international piracy”.

Watch Trump call Iran a “fanatical threat” at the UNGA

He proceeded to deliver an assessment of the prevailing tensions that, arguably, conforms more closely to reality than that pushed by the Trump administration.

Among other things, Rouhani said it doesn’t make sense for Iran to negotiate while punishing US sanctions remain in place, and recommended that the US return to the framework of the nuclear deal in order to set the stage for a constructive dialogue.

As far as regional security is concerned, he suggested that one way to foster peace would be for the US to just pack up and leave. “Iran is your neighbor, not the US”, Rouhani reminded the Gulf countries.

Commenting on Yemen, Rouhani said Iran would guarantee Saudi Arabia’s security once the kingdom ceases and desists from perpetuating a humanitarian crisis, and reiterated that Tehran will not “tolerate foreign aggressions or provocations” of any kind.

In an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace which aired on Tuesday, Rouhani delivered a somewhat disingenuous, albeit superficially accurate, take on who it is that facilitates terrorism in the Mideast.

“Today, unfortunately, America is the supporter of terrorism in our region and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in [its] wake”, he told Wallace. “Wherever we have gone, on the other side, we have defeated terrorism”.

Depending on the context, that’s true. The American invasion of Iraq certainly set the table for the emergence of ISIS, and there is no question that Hezbollah and Iran’s Shia militias were instrumental in defeating Sunni extremism in Syria and Iraq.

That said, Rouhani’s contention that Iran is somehow a model global citizen is, of course, laughable, and when pressed by Wallace, the exchange devolved into conspiracy theories which, even if true, don’t do anything to mitigate Iran’s culpability in perpetuating the circle of violence in the region.

 

Asked about the drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, Rouhani posed an amusing hypothetical.

“Let’s assume if it was from Iran, all of the monies received from the United States from these defensive systems, from these weapon systems, from these radar systems installed in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula, how come they were not able to prevent that missile from hitting the target”?, he wondered.

“Our region is on the edge of collapse”, he warned at the UN on Wednesday. “A single blunder can fuel a big fire”.


 

1 comment on “Hassan Rouhani Calls Trump An ‘International Pirate’ At UN, Says Mideast Is ‘On Edge Of Collapse’

  1. Mr. Lucky says:

    Maybe Rouhani is right and the Mideast is on the edge of collapse. Isn’t it about time to let it finish the job? Other than the presence of oil, which will eventually run out or become mostly irrelevant, little comes from the area that contributes to the global economy. Since there is nothing much that supports the area besides the oil, no one there can afford to let it go unprotected. God knows we have armed everyone we like there so they all have plenty of hardware to blow each other up if they want. Maybe on its own the area will figure out what stability has to look like. Then the only danger to the US is that the “winners” won’t like us. Maybe, but I’ll bet $5 they’ll like our money. Meanwhile, the US can get on with fixing the US. It always galled me that we went over to Iraq on a false pretext, spent a trillion dollars to overthrow a guy who was fighting us with weapons we sold him so he could destroy Iran, and then we spent hundreds of billions more on “nation building” so the country wouldn’t fall into total anarchy. That process largely failed so now what have we got? Two trillion less than we would have had if we had stayed home, money which would have repaired some our aging infrastructure like our nation’s roads and bridges, the power grid, the crumbling sewer systems of our cities, etc. The wars we have fought in continuously since 9/11 have done nothing for the growth of our economy, the prosperity of our people, or any other noble purpose. It’s not overseas terror we need to stop, it’s our own version on the streets of Chicago, Kansas City and other large towns, as well as the daily mass shootings we endure. Come on folks, time to get straight.

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