“Iran-phobia”! Really! I’m not making it up! Here is yet another example of the tendency of jihadists to displace responsibility — indeed, to disclaim it entirely. The idea that the US would be “spreading anti-Iran sentiment” gratuitously, without any connection to the words and deeds of Iran’s leaders, is as absurd as the idea that there is an epidemic of “Islamophobia” sweeping the countries of the West, completely unconnected to Muslim declarations of supremacy and acts of violence.
This also manifests a cultural attitude that I believe derives from the stipulation in the laws of dhimmitude that a dhimmi must not speak ill of Allah or Muhammad, or of the Muslims — and if he does, his contract of “protection” is revoked, and he can legitimately be killed.
“Iran: US spreading anti-Iran sentiment,” by Nasser Karimi for The Associated Press (thanks to Mackie):
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) “” Iran charged Sunday that the United States was trying to spread anti-Iranian sentiment in the Mideast by accusing Iranian boats of threatening U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. has said an Iranian fleet of high-speed boats zoomed dangerously close to a three-ship U.S. Navy convoy passing near Iranian waters on Jan. 6 in the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian boats veered away as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire.
Iran has insisted its boats never threatened the U.S. ships and that the incident was a normal occurrence in the Gulf waters.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini reiterated Sunday that the incident was not unusual and would not affect Iran’s policies in the region. He accused the Bush administration of trying to stir up tensions in the Gulf.
“Some political factions in the U.S. are pursuing adventurism to help Bush to spread Iran-phobia in the region,” Hosseini said at a weekly press conference. “U.S. officials should apologize to Iran, regional countries and the American people.”