Iran’s coming “blow”

On February 1, PressTV, the English language Iranian government news agency, posted this:

“Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the “global arrogance” on this year’s anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

The anniversary of the Iranian revolution is tomorrow, February 11. When a reader told me about the Iranian threat, a quick Google search for “Iran ‘February 11’” turned up the PressTV article as second and third from the top of its results, meaning that it was the page containing “Iran” and “February 11” that with one exception had had the most visitors. Fifth down on the list was an entry at Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs (the site that will not mention my name even when it’s quoting an exchange that was originally posted at my site and in which I am one of the two participants). In the top forty Google results, there were no mainstream news sources, and just one conservative blog I recognized (Cassy Fiano) and one conservatives news site (CNS news). Meaning that the world is largely ignoring Ah’jad’s threat.

What could he have meant by it? An announcement of the completion of a nuclear warhead? A challenge to the U.S. in the Gulf? Attacks against Israel or other Jewish targets? Would he have made such a statement with nothing backing it up, thus assuring that future threats by him will be ignored even more than this one was? We’ll know by tomorrow.

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Ben W. writes:

You wrote:

“Meaning that the world is largely ignoring Ah’jad’s threat.”

Ah’jad—I like that, don’t have to stumble over that name. Reminds me of A-Rod (baseball, NY Yankees). A-jad anyone?

Hitler, Mao, Stalin … these are easy names to remember … and now A-jad.

LA replies:

“Ah’jad” is not original. I think various sites have use it or variations on it. I was starting to use my usual moniker for him, “Johnny,” and decided to use something less unserious, and Ah’jad came to mind. As I’ve said before, his full name is just too long, whether to write or spell. And that’s even more the case when when we’re dealing with an enemy. The sight of people bending themselves out of shape to pronounce the name of an enemy is not edifying. We should adopt difficult or uncouth foreign names into names that fits our language. Ah’jad or A-jad is good.

The entire world refers to the Christmass day terrorist as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (they always include that middle name—why?), even though his father’s surname is Mutallab. So I call him Abdul Mutallab, or simply Mutallab.

Mike Berman writes:

It may be that Iran’s threat to stun the West will be carried out by a takeover of several European embassies in a repeat of the 1979 American embassy takeover. Here are stories which point in that direction. Also, this, from Debka.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 10, 2010 03:30 PM | Send

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