from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for January 15th, 2011:
National Review Online: The Foundation for Defense of Democraciesâ€™ Benjamin Weinthal blogs on the collapse of Lebanonâ€™s government on Wednesday, warning that â€œthe Iranian proxy Hezbollahâ€ has shown â€œthat the political Islamists rule the roost in Lebanese society.â€ Weinthal writes, â€œThe Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollahâ€™s chief sponsor, has been forced to reduce its supply of military and financial aid to the Islamic fanatics by 40 percent. Over the years, the Iranian regime has pumped roughly $1 billion in military aid into Hezbollahâ€™s arsenal.â€ Weinthal concludes that the approval of $100 million in military aid for Lebanon could have been a mistake if Hezbollah somehow becomes the beneficiary of the military goods: â€œPlainly said, it is time that the U.S. discontinues military funds for Lebanon and redirect monies to proâ€“Lebanese democracy organizations.â€
The Atlantic: Jeffrey Goldberg responds to a post by Reza Aslan in which Aslan suggests that Ahmadinejadâ€™s comments that Israel should be â€œwiped from the mapâ€ has been mistranslated and does not imply that Israel, and its people, should be physically destroyed but that â€œexisting political borders should be wiped from a literal map.â€ Goldberg responds, â€œHmmm. So Israel should be replaced by Palestine, which is different than removing Israel from the map. Got it. What Ahmadinejad has been trying to say all along, then, is â€˜Shabbat Shalom, Jews!.â€™â€ He then sarcastically offers to â€œclarify the record of the Holocaust-denying, eliminationist anti-Semitic Iranian presidentâ€ before reprinting a list of Ahmadinejadâ€™s comments about Israel and Jews.