I suppose they think we’re all pigging out on hamburgers and hot dogs, so they slipped this little bit of propaganda into a story from Tehran . It’s an interesting story, in fact: the head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps was fired, and replaced by a man who lacks a high profile. It will take a while to sort out the meaning of this event, but in the meantime, the agitprop crowd at the Associated Press took a shot at American policy, suggesting maybe it’s time for a change:
No reason was given for the change and it was not clear if the reshuffle would affect the possible U.S. move to pressure businesses the corps is thought to control, from construction to oil sectors.
It’s a shame for us Iranologists, because the previous commander had one of the best names in the country: General Yahyah Rahim Safavi, and his successor is merely Mohammad Ali Jafari, who has the same number of syllables, but lacks the colorful Yahyah.
Al-AP’s suggestion that this personnel shift might warrant taking it easy on an organization that has killed thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of Americans is the sort of incoherent ‘thought’ that could only occur to someone bound and determined to protect Iran from any sort of reprisal for the mass murder the Guards have committed.