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February 15, 2013 by esarsea

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Regulars readers of this blog — and books like The Ezekiel Option and Epicenter— know that I’ve been writing about a growing and troublesome alliance between Russia and Iran since 2005. Given that history, I thought it would be important to bring this New York Post article to your attention today. The headline is, “Why Iran is falling into Russia’s arms,” and it’s written by Amir Taheri.

Taheri is an Iranian dissident and former editor-in-chief of an Iranian newspaper whom I find quite insightful about Iranian foreign and domestic policy and political intrigues. He was one of the first international journalists to  notice and begin reporting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s obsession with eschatology. After reading Taheri’s work, I began to study more closely Ahmadinejad’s pronouncements on the subject and began studying more carefully the substance of Shia End Times theology and its impact on Iranian foreign policy. While he was ahead of the curve on Ahmadinejad’s eschatology, Taheri is a little behind…

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  1. esarsea says:

    I couldn’t help but be a little troubled by the news, “Days after the Irano-Russian pact was signed, Putin announced that he had terminated security cooperation with the United States…”

    • Bill says:

      He’s being forced to pick sides and Iran is on his southern border.

      • esarsea says:

        Sounds like he’s being forced to change sides rather than choose sides? Who’s pressuring him to do so, Iran or Putin’s Ministers?

        • Bill says:

          I’m just considering that when the Ayatollah’s gave our Shah the boot in 1979 or so, Iran gravitated back to Soviet-buddy status, much to our chagrin. The Russians don’t need Iranian oil, but they’ll go for having an American-hating ally on their southern border rather than another US puppet installed if we went to war and killed them all.

          When we helped install the Shah of Iran in the 50’s, it was for one, maybe two purposes and the Soviets didn’t like either one and I don’t blame them. We wanted to access oil, obviously, and we wanted a strategic missle base parked right next to the Soviets during the Cold War.

          Now, just consider for a moment, what happened when Khrushchev tried to park ballistic missles not on our Mexican border or Canadian border, but 90 miles offshore in Cuba years after we built a missle base in Iran.

          We went nuts and nearly blew up the entire world over it.

          Must be that American ‘exceptionalism” I hear about. To me, all it means is it’s okay if we do it because, after all, we’re America!

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