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  • Iran Regime Charges U.S. Is Stoking "Iran Phobia"

    Iran's improved Sejil 2 medium-range missile

    Yesterday, Iran’s hardline regime accused the United States of fueling “Iran phobia” by deploying missile defense systems in several Persian Gulf countries that increasingly feel threatened by Iran. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehrmanparast complained that “We regard these (U.S.) measures as a conspiracy and a ploy by foreign countries to create a sense of Iran phobia.” He attacked U.S. officials for spreading fear: “Because they have lost their presence in Iran, they feel they have no foothold and in order to justify their presence (in the region) they make such an insinuation.”

    The vitriolic reaction of Iran’s regime came in response to reports that the United States is expanding the missile defense systems it has deployed on land and at sea near Arab gulf states that are increasingly anxious about Iran’s ballistic missile force – the largest in the Middle East. The U.S. is deploying Patriot anti-missile defenses to four of Iran’s neighbors: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

    All four countries have strong reasons for “Iran phobia” based on past experience with Iran’s hostile regime. Kuwait and Bahrain have been attacked by Iran-supported terrorists. All four countries found that their oil tankers were targeted for attack by Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, which was started by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after Iranian revolutionaries sought to foment a Shia rebellion against his Sunni-dominated regime. All four joined the Gulf Cooperation Council, a collective defense alliance formed in reaction to the threats posed by Iran’s radical regime. And all four have watched with mounting concern as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s belligerent regime has forged ahead on its nuclear program, conducted massive air and naval exercises close to their shores and trumpeted the growing capabilities of Iran’s ballistic missile force.

    Clearly, the United States does not need to stoke “Iran phobia” among Iran’s neighbors. Tehran already is doing a bang up job of that itself.

    For more on Iran, see: Iran Briefing Room

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    7 Responses to Iran Regime Charges U.S. Is Stoking "Iran Phobia"

    1. Adam, DC says:

      What rubbish. This piece of journalistic crap is full of half-truths and outright lies. Unfortunately the American masses are so well indoctrinated they gobble this up as if it's gospel.

    2. Michal says:

      The largest ballistic missile force in Middle East belongs to Israel, not Iran.

    3. wrong says:

      this is most inaccurate article i have ever read, iran has never attaced any of those countries. n iran never attacked iraq, they attacked iran first.

    4. Pingback: Iranian News Update |

    5. Michael E Piston says:

      Iran is 100% correct. The U.S., even under Obama, one of the furthest left of all U.S. politicians, still pursues a policy of isolating and surrounding Iran, like a little Soviet Union, even though Iran is guilty of no crime other than dissing the U.S. and doing what is in its national self-interest. For goodness sake, Iran is our natural ally in the battle against lunatic Salafi radicalism, but instead we chose to treat it as an enemy. Unbelievable. Just plain unbelievable.

    6. Jason S. Annapolis M says:

      Just to correct some of the misinformation from the above posters (probably all from the same misguided person):

      Iran has supported Shia uprisings in Iraq, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. That led Iraq to invade Iran in 1980 and prompted the other Arab gulf states to form the Gulf Cooperation Council to protect themselves against Iranian subversion. Iran also has supported terrorism in Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan and in Argentina. It continues to occupy three islands claimed by the United Arab Emirates: Abu Musa and the Tunbs. The government continues to commit savage crimes against the Iranian people. And Israel may have the most lethal and sophisticated ballistic missile force, but if you look at the numbers, Iran's is bigger. Maybe the Iranian regime would not be treated as an enemy if it freed the jailed American prisoners, stopped supporting groups killing Americans in Iraq and AFghanistan, stopped lying about its nuclear program, stopped threatening to destroy Israel, and stopped committing crimes against its own people.

    7. DANNY HALTER TENNESS says:

      I DON'T KNOW IF OBAMA IS REALLY DUMB ENOUGH TO THINK IRAN WON'T USE NUKES OR IF HE REALLY WANTS THEM TO DESTROY ISRAEL. I DO KNOW THAT IF SOMEBODY DON'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IRAN AND NORTH KOREA ,OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL NEVER GET TO ENJOY THE FREEDOMS WE HAVE ENJOYED FOR SO LONG.I WOULD GIVE ALL I HAVE TO HAVE RONALD REAGAN RUNNING THIS COUNTRY AGAIN.I EVEN NAMED MY BABY BOY AFTER PRESIDENT REAGAN.PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR NATION,WITHOUT IT I'M AFRAID WE ARE DOOMED.GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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