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Thursday, November 10, 2011


The "bellicose" Ayatollah

The New York Times thinks Ayatollah Khamenei is "bellicose":
The supreme leader of Iran added his voice on Thursday to the country’s bellicose backlash against the incriminating United Nations report about the Iranian nuclear program.
And what exactly did he say that caused him to be described as "bellicose"? This:
"If the thought of invasion against the Islamic republic of Iran crosses anybody’s mind he must ready himself to receive a strong slap and iron fist...The enemies, especially the United States and its puppets and the Zionist regime, should know that the Iranian nation will not invade any country or nation, but it will respond to any invasion or threat with full force in a way that it will break up invaders from within."
Apparently the Times isn't familiar with the meaning of the word "bellicose":
"inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious."
There are of course bellicose actors in this discussion. The United States and Israel just to name the top two. But not someone who says they will defend themselves if attacked. That's not "bellicose," it's just rational.

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