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Has Baghdad Bob Moved to Tehran?
by Daniel Pipes
July 19, 2012
Cross-posted from National Review Online: The Corner
American reporters gave Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi Information Minister under Saddam Hussein during the American-led invasion of 2003, the disdainful name "Baghdad Bob" (and the British called him "Comical Ali"). He spouted wildly inaccurate propaganda during his daily press briefings, praising the Iraqi troops and telling fabulous tales how they crushed the foreign invaders, even as those invaders could be seen on the screen moving in on him.
Well, Iranian brigadier generals seem to be emulating Bob. Two recent quotes (with some editing of the English translation):
[PIC] 1823 || para || Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian minister of defense. [/PIC]Comments: (1) One hopes that these remarks are not sincerely believed for, as Geoffrey Blainey convincingly argues in The Causes of War, the leading cause of fighting is over-optimism: "Wars usually begin when two nations disagree on their relative strength, and wars usually cease when the fighting nations agree on their relative strength." (2) Even if not sincerely believed, such claims take on a life of their own and often lead to regrettable consequences. (July 19, 2012)
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