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Annals of the Arab Spring: Tehran Hosts America’s “Allies” and Genocidal Maniac for “Counterterrorism” Confab

Score another big triumph for the Democracy Project, in which American taxpayers fork up hundreds of billions of dollars to create sharia “democracies” that loathe America and gravitate to Iran.

MEMRI has an extensive report of the “World Without Terrorism Conference” in Tehran, at which the mullahs hosted their friends Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashiri — in addition to leaders of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Mali. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was in full swoon over Iran’s initiative in holding the confab … notwithstanding the inconveniences that al-Bashiri is currently under indictment by the U.N. for his genocidal rampage in Darfur and that Iran is currently abetting its collaborator, Bashar al-Assad (known around the Obama White House as “The Reformer”), in his regime’s brutal crackdown against the Syrian people (reminiscent of the mullah’s own brutal crackdown against the Iranian people during President Obama’s “engagement” policy). 

For the fortune they have paid to make Iraq and Afghanistan what President Bush envisioned as stable democracies that would be strong American allies against terrorism, and for the sacrifices in American blood still being offered in the decade-long effort, Americans will be thrilled to learn that the conferees concluded the United States and Israel are the leading causes of terrorism in the world. (I’d note that, under Islamic law, “terrorism” is understood to be the taking of Muslim lives without right, and that what we in the West construe as “terrorism” Muslims consider to be “resistance” against enemies and occupiers — but, hey, that’s just my Islamophobia talking … no need to blather on about sharia this and sharia that.)

Our “allies” dutifully listened carefully as Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad explained that 9/11 was an inside job aimed at ensuring “the safety of the Zionist regime,” and thus greatly resembles that other well-known fraud, the Holocaust, in its colonialist designs.

Our “allies” also held side-meetings with the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei — under whose leadership Iran has fueled jihadist operations against American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’ll be delighted to hear that Iraq’s Talabani proclaimed that Iraqis were united in their oppositon to the ongoing U.S. presence in their country — appearing to agree with Khamenei that Islamic regimes should take advantage of America’s decline. Afghanistan’s Karzai (taking a brief time-out from his ongoing negotiations with the Taliban in order to attend) expressed hope that President Obama would keep his promise to withdraw U.S. forces rapidly. Both Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded for Iranian aid.

For his part, President Zadari, whose Pakistani regime rakes in billions in U.S. aid while giving sanctuary to the likes of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, told Khamenei that the U.S. was trying to sow division in Pakistan for its own ends. Like our other “allies,” he pledged to work toward expanding relations with Iran.

The vaunted “Arab Spring” was hot topic of Khamenei’s meeting with the defendant, er, I mean, the Sudanese President, al-Bashir — a meeting that Ahmadinejad also attended. (The Iranian regime has previously promised to share its nuclear research with Sudan.) You’ll never believe this, but Supreme Leader Khamenei — having apparently not spoken with Senator McCain — actually thinks the Arab Spring is really the “Islamic Awakening,” in which Egyptians, Tunisian and Libyan Muslims are rising up in defiance of “the West and the Zionists.” As he put it, “The U.S. and Zionist regime’s bastion in Egypt has collapsed.” He also expects that, much to the dismay of the West, we’ll soon see the “formation of an Islamic government in Libya, at the doorstep of Europe.”

Turning directly to Sudan, Khamenei expressed Iran’s full support for Bashir’s Islamic government and praised him for standing up to “the U.S. and Zionist regime’s pressures and conspiracies.” Bashir thanked Iran for its unwavering support and crowed that the U.S. and Israel were the biggest “losers” in the Middle East’s tumult.

It is a pity that Egypt did not attend — with the Muslim Brotherhood now wielding influence, Egypt and Iran are on the verge of reopening diplomatic ties that have been severed for over 30 years, but it hasn’t happened quite yet. Still, Pakistan rebuffed Saudi pleas that it not go to the Iranian conference. Zadari knows which way the wind is blowing, and so does the Brotherhood (whose Hamas branch has long benefited from Iranian support). By next year, expect new sharia democracies in Egypt and Eastern Libya to be on the mullahs’ dance-card — probably paying the airfare with U.S. aid (i.e., money we borrow from China to give to nascent sharia states so they can seek Iranian support). 

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