In an address during a National Army Day parade on Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani praised Iran’s role in helping Syria and Iraq, saying “if tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond was accused of “breathtaking pomposity” on Friday for rebuking Israeli Knesset member Michael Oren over his denouncement of the Iranian president, who was visiting France during International Holocaust Memorial Day.
No matter how you look at it, this is bad. If Iran demanded it, then it is clear Iran is intolerant and refuses to accept other cultures. If Italy covered up the “offending” artwork on its own initiative, then it shows it is attempting to appease the Iranians.
Is the Middle East on the path to a full-blown Sunni-Shiite confrontation? In what may be a precursor to a military conflict, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties after Iranians attacked its embassy over the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.