The US was behaving like terrorists when President Donald Trump threatened to target Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliated for the killing of its top general Qassem Soleimani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said.
In a speech directed to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Zarif said Trump’s threat could be compared to the Islamic State’s destruction of cultural sites during its reign of terror in the region, Iran’s PressTV reported.
The US “seeks to emulate the war crimes of Daesh, menacing the cultural heritage of the millennia-old civilization of Iran,” he said. His remarks were delivered by Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi after Washington refused to issue a visa for Zarif to attend the meeting himself — a violation of its obligations as the host of the UN headquarters.
In a tweet last Saturday, Trump said the US had identified 52 sites to attack if Tehran responded to the killing of Soleimani. Some of the sites on the list, he said, are “very important” to “Iranian culture.”
Also on rt.com
Damage control: Trump admin backtracking on threat to target Iran’s ‘cultural sites’ after international outrage
The threat sparked international outrage and a statement from UNESCO, which warned the US that it is party to treaties which prohibit the targeting of cultural sites during times of armed conflict. ISIS militants destroyed numerous mosques, churches, temples and monuments on their rampage across Iraq and Syria, including parts of the ancient ruins at Palmyra.
In the speech, Zarif also condemned the US killing of Soleimani as a “dastardly targeted assassination” and said that Iran’s response in targeting US military bases in Iraq was “measured and proportionate.”
He slammed the US for its “defiance of international norms and law” and stated that unilateralism was coming to an end. “The world is at a crossroads. With the end of monopolies on power, one unhinged regime is frantically clamoring to turn back time,” he said.
Like this story? Share it with a friend!
“Between now and November 6, you better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes.”
Unfortunately this isn’t trash talk from some middle school bully… it’s a public threat made by a Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate to his incumbent opponent.
With the midterm elections tomorrow, I wanted to take some time today to remind you who your vote actually supports.
Politics has likely never been more divisive in the US… and the politicians continually stoke this flame, often times, like with the quote above, inciting their constituents to carry out violent acts against the opposing party.
It’s completely despicable that this has become the state of government in the land of the free… instead of focusing the public’s attention on solving the big problems the US faces (like debt), politicians stoke partisan flames to advance their own self interests.
And they encourage outright violence. One congresswoman encouraged supporters to attack members of the Cabinet if they saw them in public…
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Calling for violence because you don’t agree with the opposing party is totally pathetic. It’s something I’d expect to see in a third-world country, not the world’s leading economic power.
And it’s one of the many, many reasons I don’t vote.
At the end of the day, you’re forced to choose between two, self-serving candidates who will say whatever BS they have to gain/retain power.
People think they can use their vote to get “the right guy in power.” But the truth is, the new guy just turns into the last guy… because the whole system is broken.
The government spends almost every tax dollar it takes in to pay interest on its debt and on entitlements like social security and Medicare.
And the government’s own projections show the country going only deeper and deeper into debt.