In a blistering diatribe against Britain, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said: ‘They have plundered the world in the last 500 years and the young lad in charge now is even more stupid than his predecessor. It’s as if God has made this nation servants of America and Zionists.’
The only astonishing thing about this attack is Mohammad-Rezi Rahimi’s woeful ignorance and hypocrisy.
A man from Persia, a nation that rampaged across and plundered most of the known world for hundreds of years, and one of the world largest ever Empires, criticising the world’s largest ever Empire, well some would view that a tad bit hypocritical, especially as Iran still celebrates its imperial past. Before Britain landed in India, it had just been attacked and plundered by the Persians.
Although I do concede he may have a point about David Cameron and the fact that most of Britain’s foreign policy decisions are based on what the US would like us to do.
Iran’s First Vice President added: ‘England has nothing. Its inhabitants are not human, its officials are not responsible, and it doesn’t even have any natural resources. (They are) a bunch of thick people ruled by a mafia.’
OK, now back to the ignorance. England is just a province in Britain (or the UK) and hasn’t been an independent nation since about the last time that Iran did anything of any import on the world stage. As for not human, well if one of the leaders of one country, sees the entire inhabitants of another country as sub-human and inferior, then I am pretty sure that I do not want them to have nuclear weapons. Such a racist viewpoint wouldn’t ordinarily matter in such a weak and backward nation as Iran, but a nuclear weapon is a great leveller, literally.
As for not having any natural resources, again, nescient of even a basic knowledge of Britain. Britain has lots of natural resources, apart from the North Sea we have just discovered an even bigger oil field in the Falklands. Add to that our abundance of tin, coal, copper, steel and many other ‘natural resources’ and we don’t do too badly, it is just that it is cheaper to pay some backward illiterate in some far of nation like Iran to dig out their natural resources and ship them here.
As for being thick, well, we are not the nation that is based on there being some magical, mystical being who has handed down his teachings in a magical mystical book and who can only spread his word through a few, carefully and divinely chosen followers, who the rest of the population have to blindly follow in their medieval ways and beliefs. No, that is Iran.
He may have a point about the mafia though.
Britain’s Retaliatory BroadsideBritain of course responded to this racist diatribe in customary fashion, no, not by blockaded the ports of Iran, or bombing its Palaces or oil fields, or by our own leaders lambasting Iran for its record on human rights, its treatment of women, its lack of religious (or any other kind of) freedoms. No. The British Ambassador posted a retributory Twitter post.
‘To state that the British are not human and to call them thick shows a lack of respect for human dignity and is an illogical and worthless remark,’ he wrote.
Quite right, that surely has the Iranians reeling.
Mr Gass wrote: ‘The contribution made by Britain in shaping the modern world, from invention to cultural achievements, values and respect for individual rights, has been clearly and rightly recorded in history and is respected throughout the world.’
Well put Mr Ambassador, the last worthwhile contribution that Iran made to the world was when the Parthians poured molten gold down the throat of Crassus, back in 53 BC. Coincidentally that is also around the time on which their current values and culture are based, such as stoning women, hanging women for ‘allowing’ themselves to be raped, and not allowing women to divorce their husbands, regardless of their levels of infidelity or abuse. I know in which nation I’d rather live, and it seems that I am not alone, I doubt many Pakistani, Afghan or Iraqi immigrants head there over Britain.
At least we weren’t the only ones to feel the ignorance and bitterness of this man, he also said:
He called the Australians a ‘bunch of cow herders’ and suggested that the South Koreans should be ‘smacked in the face until they become human’.
Clearly the man has issues with quite a nations. Personally I think that the Iranians should be beaten until they rejoin the human race and drag themselves into the 21st Century, but I am not going to hold my breath.