Dominating Lebanon and more / Amir Taheri
15-Oct-2010 (8 comments)

Beyond providing TV foot age of welcoming throngs of Hezbollah supporters, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week served a number of purposes -- none good.

First, it underlined Tehran's claim to be the dominant foreign power in Lebanon. In an unprecedented scene, virtually all Lebanese political leaders gathered at the presidential palace in Beirut to pay their respects to a man who finances most of them. (It is no secret that Hezbollah is no longer the only Lebanese outfit to be bankrolled by Iran.)

Asserting Iran's dominance in Lebanon is of geopolitical importance for the Islamic Republic's leadership. Already strongly present in Iraq, where its allies (the Sadrists, who follow Muqtada al-Sadr) are seeking the lion's share in a new coalition government, Iran is also the patron of Syria's Ba'athist regime. Adding Lebanon and Iraq to Syria would give Iran a direct corridor to the Mediterranean for the first time since the 7th century.

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Darius Kadivar

Spink Jaan When it Comes to National Interests and Patriotism

by Darius Kadivar on

Your the Last Person to Lecture me or anybody else on that front ... 

Now as I said go Fetch the Bone :

Shab Khosh Olagh !

Sargord Pirouz


by Sargord Pirouz on

Are you saying don't blame you for citing someone so fraudulent as Amir Taheri?

What? Your defense is you're stupid?

Come on, Darius, you've pretensions of being more sophisticated than that. :S 

Darius Kadivar

SPink Jaan Don't Blame the Messenger ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Now Go Fetch the Bone ...


funny and sad

by Fesenjoon on

If Hezbollah has its way, theyd shove these lovely ladies under a chador, making them half citizens by fatwa, like their counterparts in Iran:

در حالیکه زنان لبنانی با پول مردم ایران در حال رقص و شادی برای احمدی‌نژاد هستند، زن ایرانی در خفت و خواری در زندان شکنجه می بیند. خاک بر سرت ای ایرانی، که شیرزنانی مثل نسرین ستوده در زندان‌هایت جان می‌کنند، و پول و سرمایه میفرستی برای رقص و پایکوبی زنان خارجی

Sargord Pirouz

Yeah, Darius, cite the guy

by Sargord Pirouz on

Yeah, Darius, cite the guy who falsely declared that Iran was forcing its jewish population to wear the star of david on their clothing.

You this desperate to demonize Iran? Yep, you are. 


AN, along with the rest of

by Bavafa on

AN, along with the rest of IRI may not enjoy much popularity at home

But Iran's sphere of influence has surely been enlarging and there are ample proof of it, despite the ever more so propaganda that is being pounded to our heads by the US mainstream media