Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continued his heated, anti-U.S. social media campaign on Sunday by releasing a video promising death and destruction to American forces if any military action is taken against his country.
On Sunday, the Iranian leader tweeted the link to a video entitled, “If any war happens.”
The video opens by quoting President Obama from an interview he gave assuring those who have any doubts about the Iran nuclear agreement that the military option is always on the table. “We could knock out their military with speed and dispatch, if we chose to,” said Obama.
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An image of the White House appears next with the Ayatollah’s voice in the background stating, “A U.S. official has said that he can destroy Iran’s army. I do not want to say anything more in this regard.”
The video then depicts two cowboys, apparently representing the United States, with an Iranian fighter in the foreground pulling a knife on them. Khameni says, “Our predecessors used to call such statements, ‘boasting among strangers.’”
Next, the video shows images of Iran’s military arsenal, which it has at its disposal to attack U.S. naval and ground forces.
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“We neither welcome nor begin any war,” the Ayatollah says, while animation shows Iranian missiles being fired. “They must know that should any war break out, one who will emerge humiliated out of it will be invading and criminal America,” Khamenei promises as the dates of America’s involvement in Iraq appear on the screen: 2003-2011.
The video draws to a close with a photo of soldiers carrying an American flag-draped coffin.
The Ayatollah’s threatening video comes on top of equally disturbing remarks he made last week against the United States and Israel.
As reported by Western Journalism, Khamenei tweeted that Israel need not concern itself with the terms of the Iranian nuclear agreement, because “You will not see the next 25 years. God willing there will be nothing [left of the] Zionist regime….”
As for the United States, Khamenei tweeted that the “‘US is the Great Satan,’ some insist on depicting this Great Satan as an angel.”
.@IRKhomeini stated “US is the Great Satan,” some insist on depicting this Great Satan as an angel.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 9, 2015
The Ayatollah promised in a speech last Wednesday that his nation would no longer be negotiating with the United States. “The Iranian nation ousted the Satan. We should not let it back through the window,” he said, referring to the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah.
In the midst of this bellicose rhetoric, Senate and House Democrats by-in-large stood with President Obama, voting to approve the Iranian nuclear deal at the end of last week, thereby blocking Republican efforts to reject it.
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A CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday finds that 59 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling U.S. relations with Iran. Further, 49 percent of Americans now view Iran as a serious threat, up 10 points from April. CNN reports:
Most Americans think Iran will ultimately violate the terms of the agreement, with 37% calling that extremely likely and 23% saying very likely. Just 10% think it’s not at all likely that Iran would break the agreement. Republicans (83% likely) and independents (58% likely) are more apt to believe Iran would violate the agreement than are Democrats (44% likely).
If Iran did violate the deal, 64% of all adults say the United States should respond with military action, including majorities across party lines (57% of Democrats, 64% of independents and 72% of Republicans). About a third, 34%, say the United States should not take military action if the deal is broken.
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