Somehow I just do not feel intimidated by this show by Iranian lawmakers.
It is nice that the American flag they burned was paper, I know it was just a representation of their frustration. As a result, their chants of “Death to America” are about as toothless as burning the paper representation of the flag on which it was printed.
After almost 40 years of “death to America” repeatedly uttered by the Iranian leadership, the words are hollow, bereft of meaning.
Withdrawing from the deal is not a challenge to Iran. It is merely a recognition of the sad state of Iran, who is rapidly receding into the dark ages once again – again becoming merely Persia.
That they are chanting “Death to America” is a primitive way of saying they’re dissatisfied, but not at all modern, diplomatic, nor fear-inducing.
JENNI FINK | MAY 9, 2018 | 9:33 AM
Iranian lawmakers showed their disdain for President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal by burning a paper American flag and shouting “death to America.”
According to USA Today, lawmakers gathered at parliament in Tehran and in protest, they set fire to a paper American flag. As they held up the flaming parchment, lawmakers chanted “death to America.”
Legislators also reportedly burned a piece of paper representative of the nuclear deal and stomped on the ashes.
Watch the video below:
During the meeting, parliament speaker Ali Larijani and President Hassan Rouhani expressed their hope that European leaders would work to preserve the deal.
“Until implementation of this decision, we will wait for some weeks and will talk with our friends and allies and other signatories of the nuclear deal, who signed it and who will remain loyal to it,” Rouhani said.
He added that “everything” depends on Iran’s national interests and ultimately Iran can begin “industrial enrichment without any limitations.”
However, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, took a bolder route and told Trump, “You cannot do a damn thing.” CBCreported he lambasted the president and said:
“You heard last night that the president of America made some silly and superficial comments. He had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments. He threatened the regime and the people, saying I’ll do this and that.”
“Mr. Trump I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people: You’ve made a mistake,” Khamenei declared.
Trump’s decision has been met with mixed reactions. Detractors claim it is pushing the world to the brink of war and alienating America from its allies.
While supporters praise Trump for leaving a deal that shouldn’t have ever been signed.