Thursday, February 08, 2007

Self-Inflicted Inability

Money quote from today's Los Angeles Times concerning the increase of dissident views in Iran (emphasis mine):
"We are not worried about a military attack, and we are completely ready to defend our country. If they want, we can make the Persian Gulf the tomb of the United States of America," said Hamidreza Taraghi, political director of the conservative Islamic Coalition Party.

"But the United States doesn't want to do this because they cannot right now. They are weak," he said. "They don't have enough power to start another war. Lots of American politicians are against starting another war, and everybody knows this."

What a surprise; the Iranians are emboldened by the obvious fact that the party in control of Congress is absolutely opposed to using the military, regardless of the provocation.

Sort of like how brandishing a gun has no effect on a robber who knows it isn't loaded.

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