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Ahmadinejad: A perception disorder | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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I feel very bad about Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and I am quite certain that he needs to see a “perception disorder” specialist.

This perception disorder is characterized by developing a virtual reality within one’s imagination which does not reflect reality in any way, shape or form, and then behaving as if this virtual reality were real. This disorder intensifies and becomes extremely dangerous if the person suffering from it is the president of a country like Iran, namely a country that has an important geo-political location, vast oil wealth and the capability to produce nuclear energy!

A rather humorous statement was issued by Ahmadinejad on Monday in which he said that the state of Israel is weak, comparing it to a “mosquito” whilst boasting that Iran is capable of defeating it within a matter of moments.

In a separate statement also issued Monday, Ahmadinejad said the three [UAE] islands are as much a part of Iran as Tehran. Whilst last month, Ahmadinejad stressed that his country is capable of breaking any international economic blockade adding that there is no basis for any such blockade in the first place.

Let us analyze Ahmadinejad’s comments.

As for his saying that Israel is as weak as a “mosquito”, he seems to feign ignorance of the fact that Israel is the strongest military force in the Middle East, the fourth-strongest military force in the world, and that despite its small population, Israel is capable of quickly mobilizing troops – aged between 18 and 50– anywhere in the region.

Ahmadinejad also feigns ignorance of the fact that Israel is the second-largest foreign investor in Wall Street and that it has some of the largest companies in the US stock exchange, and that it is deemed one of the world’s largest electronics and arms exporters, in the same manner as China, India and Turkey.

This “mosquito” also has one of the highest expenditures on science and research in the world. As for his dealing with the three islands and the Strait of Hormuz as Iranian “property”, this is akin to playing with fire!

The Strait of Hormuz is an international strait that affects oil and trade routes up and down the Gulf region, and any threat here would promptly cause energy prices to soar, whilst also jeopardizing global industry and security.

As for threatening the UAE, this is internationally unacceptable, and the world will not stand idly by should this occur. Such threats would result in the Gulf States and Arab world uniting against Iran. This would also affect Europe, as the prime beneficiary of the Strait of Hormuz, particularly France which has a military base in the UAE and which signed a Joint Defense Agreement with Abu Dhabi. In whose interests are Ahmadinejad’s explosive statements? Has the misreading of the global financial crisis given Ahmadinejad the impression that the world is now unable to take action against him? What Ahmadinejad has failed to understand is that throughout history wars have often been waged to solve economic crises!