The Corner

Our Iranian Partners in Afghanistan

Speaking at Tehran Friday Prayers, the Islamic Republic’s weekly declaration of policy, Yahya Safavi, a former chief of the Revolutionary Guards and current adviser to the Supreme Leader said (h/t Ali Alfoneh):

Just like the Afghan nation expelled England and the Soviet Union from Afghanistan, so too will it also expel the occupiers. The Muslim nation of Afghanistan has learned the lesson of resistance from Iranian fighters. . . . Iran is the greatest power in the region and the Americans can’t ignore this power in regional affairs. They must recognize this power and deal with it. . . . The enemies have no other choice but to capitulate in the face of the political regime and demands of the Iranian nation.

About that unclenched fist . . .

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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