I’m of two minds here on the Iranian leaders’ words below…on the one hand, given the long-standing enmity between the U.S. and Iran, it is rather hard to take Rouhani’s words at face-value. On the other hand, given Iran’s perspective on the region, I wouldn’t dismiss what he says either; whether we like it or not, Iran is a major power in the region and they’ve made it very clear that any ISIS movement towards either Baghdad or the southern third of Iraq is, for lack of a better phrase, their ‘red line’ and if that, God forbid, ISIS were to encroach on those area, Iran wouldn’t hesitate to enter the fight directly.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News’s Ann Curry on Wednesday that ISIS terrorists “want to kill humanity.”
In an exclusive interview at the presidential palace in Tehran, ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani denounced the extremists’ beheading of innocents. “From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity,” he said. “And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”…
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