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Iran and the Language of Threats and Intimidation | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Iran has gone back to the use of threatening and intimidating rhetoric when addressing her neighbors. This was clear in the words of the Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman Hameed Ashahy when he said, &#34it would be a loss for countries of the gulf if they showed disrespect to figures in the Iranian regime&#34. He added threateningly &#34our capacities are greater than theirs and they should be more cautious&#34.

These threats are because of the cartoon published in a Bahraini newspaper about Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Now if relations between Iran and Bahrain, who share many common goals, can be soured just because of a cartoon then what would Iran do with other countries? If the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman speaks in such an undiplomatic and threatening manner, I can”t think of what Iranian Defense Minister might say.

Iran”s language is filled with political arrogance. It seems that in Iran some think the world is only a jungle where Iran is the most powerful country with the ability to threaten others. This deplorable language is only a sign of utter ignorance about the world we live in.

Instead of improving relations with its Arab neighbors, Iran went on to address them with their menacing language. Iran wants to turn them into enemies when they should act as a bridge to better international relations. In Tehran, some with a selective memory forget, or pretend to forget, the efforts that Gulf countries have exerted to establish better relations with Iran. They also fail to notice that the world has changed. The fact that Iran has enough enemies, and it hardly needs to add other names to that list.

How does Iran expect her neighbors to be tranquil when she spews such language? How can they deal with these bullish statements from the Iranian Foreign Ministry? What would the situation be like if Iran had nuclear weapons?

A Popular sayings applies to the Iranian regime; &#34old habits die hard&#34. In Iran, some people cannot stop the habit of exporting evil and threats believing that Iran is a global superpower and probably the only one.