Echoing the infamous line of U.S. hardliner John McCain in 2007:
Hardliners in Iran are rejoicing at Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose economic sanctions, and seizing on an opportunity to consolidate their power over reformists who championed the pact.
The commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards “congratulated” the nation on the US exit from the deal.
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According to the semi-official Fars news agency, the commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari said: “I congratulate and take into a good deed the vicious withdrawal of the US from JCPOA, which was not credible even before the withdrawal … It was proved once more that US isn’t trustworthy in regards its commitments.”
At the opening session of the Iranian parliament, a group of hardline MPs held up a paper US flag and the text of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, also known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), before setting fire to both while chanting “death to America”.
US blogger Richard Silverstein said that Israel was the mastermind behind the blast the killed at least 17 people at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base near Tehran.
In his blog, Tikun Olam, Silverstein quotes an Israeli expert as saying that the Mossad was responsible for the explosion, in collaboration with the Iranian militant opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK).
“It is widely known within intelligence circles that the Israelis use the MEK for varied acts of espionage and terror ranging from fraudulent Iranian memos alleging work on nuclear trigger devices to assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings of sensitive military installations,” Silverstein said.
He attributed an incident similar to Saturday’s explosion which occurred at a different IRGC missile base last year to Mossad sabotage.
‘External sabotage unlikely’
Meanwhile, a former IRGC soldier said that the explosion occurred at military storage facility where Shihab missiles are stored. Hamed Ebrahimi, who served at the base for two months, told the Iranian online daily Rooz that the tough security at the facility makes it highly unlikely that the blast was caused by an act of external interference.
○ Killings, blasts, computer worms: The covert war on Iran | Ynet News |
○ Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, Iran Nuclear Scientist Assassinated | Tikun Olam |
○ Attacking Iran: Did US just torpedo Israeli deal for a base in Azerbaijan | TabletMag – March 2012 |
During the Bush administration and the promise by Barack Obama during the campaign for president in 2008 …
Summing it up for US Democrats …