Iran Is ‘World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism’, Says World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism

Iran Is ‘World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism’, Says World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism

If there’s one thing that the United States truly excels at — aside from diabetes and predatory lending — it’s psychological projection.

For those uninitiated in this ancient art, psychological projection “involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone (or something) else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.” It’s a defense mechanism to avoid dealing with your own bullshit, to put it simply.

So, for example, when you terrorize half a dozen countries with flying bomb-dropping robots, or are caught operating secret torture dungeons in Africa and Eastern Europe, or arm Takfiri maniacs in hopes of destroying peaceful nations on the other side of the world, or bomb multifarious brown countries with conventional planes flown by pilots hopped up on amphetamines, or impose sanctions that kill 500,000 children, or just straight-up occupy countries, sometimes for dozens of years or more, and then point the finger at a nation that you can’t destroy, because it’s actually capable of defending itself and protecting its national interests — this is the crème de la crème of psychological projection. Sorry for the run-on sentence. [Edit: It’s not a run-on sentence. Thank you commenter “tom”.]

And so we are not even remotely surprised that James Mattis, Defense Secretary of the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, just accused Iran of being “the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism”.

Mattis made the remarks one day after Donald Trump’s government imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to it testing a ballistic missile. Because if there’s one thing the United States will not tolerate, it’s any country that can protect itself from the United States.

Here’s more from our friend Mattis: “We have seen [Iran’s] misconduct, their misbehavior, from Lebanon and Syria to Bahrain and to Yemen and it’s got to be addressed at some point.”

We love how Mattis includes Bahrain in his laundry list of Iranian horrors. As if we’re supposed to be outraged that any country might oppose a despotic regime propped up by the United States and Great Britain. How could you, Tehran?

And of course, it’s hard to get too upset about Iran’s role in Syria, considering that Tehran was invited by the sovereign government of Syria to help defeat extremists armed by the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia — all the big names in the democracy promotion industry. Yes, Iran was “asked” to get involved in Syria. Is Washington even aware that this word exists? Certainly not when it comes to its “anti-terror” operations in Syria…

It really is special when the United States — a country that deposed the democratically elected leader of Iran, and then replaced him with a murderous autocrat, and then a few years later helped a neighboring rival use chemical weapons against the Iranian people, and then a few years after that shot down an Iranian airliner  — wags its finger at Iran and says, “these monsters have to be ‘addressed’ at some point!”

Holy shit. Stick a fork in it, Mattis. You’re embarrassing yourself

What absolute nonsense from James Mattis “Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism”

Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism – Pentagon chief Mattis

Iran is the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism,” US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, warning that Tehran’s actions are known to Washington and being watched closely.

“As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday.

“I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people,” the Pentagon chief added.

“It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time,” he said.

“We always have the capability to do so but right now I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated after an unnamed US official said on Monday that Iran carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after travelling 630 miles on Sunday. The official told Reuters that the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran.

“We’re aware that Iran fired that missile,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Monday.

Iran has also confirmed that it tested the missile, and that the launch was “in line” with its plans.

“The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Tasnim news agency.

“The test did not violate the nuclear deal or (UN) Resolution 2231,” he added.

On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said Washington was putting Iran “on notice” over its “destabilizing activity.”

Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, called the test “unacceptable” at the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Trump administration ordered sanctions against over two dozen people and companies in response to Iran’s ballistic missile test. Those targeted by the Treasury Department include Iranian, Lebanese, Emirati, and Chinese individuals and firms involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran, AP reported.

The US president tweeted on Friday that “Iran is playing with fire,” warning Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as his predecessor, Barack Obama.

A landmark deal, brokered during Obama’s time in office, stated that Iran would dramatically curb its nuclear potential, but not completely, cutting the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds.

The deal also obliges Tehran to cap its uranium enrichment program below the level necessary for bomb-grade material, and involves Tehran agreeing to reduce its enriched uranium stockpile from around 10,000kg to 300kg for 15 years. In exchange, long-standing international sanctions against Tehran were lifted.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also took to social media to respond to Trump’s allegations, saying that Iran was “unmoved” by US threats and “will never initiate war.”

The foreign minister posted two videos on Twitter, with the comments: “Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.”

“We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement,” Zarif wrote.

Tehran slammed the new sanctions imposed by the US, saying it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping “regional terrorist groups,” a foreign ministry statement read, as quoted by Iranian TV.

“The new sanctions… are not compatible with America’s commitments and resolution 2231 of the U.N. Security Council that endorsed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six powers,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry statement from late Friday said

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