By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
The change of guard in the US, with the exit of a Republican (symbolized by the ‘elephant’ – the party’s emblem) and the entry of a Democrat (symbolized by the ‘donkey’), made many in Iran recall the famous Persian poet Mowlana Jalal od-Din Balkhi Rumi’s verse:
A rough translation into English (not poetical), it reads "We are not concerned of the cow’s entry or the donkey’s exit.”
Mowlana wasn’t referring to the politics of the United States of America, which was to be born in a distant land five centuries after his departure from the mortal world, where the donkey and the elephant play musical chairs, or else this farsighted poet would have used the word ‘elephant’ instead of the ‘cow’.
Anyway, it doesn’t make any difference to Iran or the Iranians, who ought not to attach much importance to Donald Trump’s humiliating exit from the White House and the coming to power in a dubious way of Joe Biden.
Trump was a rampaging elephant with all its negative aspects, but without any of the useful characteristics associated with the animal.
As a result the Zionists devilishly exploited him to indulge in all forms of terrorism, especially against the Islamic Republic, including sanctions and the targetted killing of two of the most prominent figures involved in the country’s defence and development – General Qassem Soleimani and Dr. Mohsin Fakhrizadeh.
We are not sure whether Biden thinks of himself as a hardworking ‘donkey’, or according to Mowlana’s couplet turns out to be a docile cow.
In both cases, however, he has to be on guard, if the 78-year old, who for eight years as deputy to Barak Obama in this same White House, had supported every hostile move against the Islamic Republic and the Iranian people.
To think that Biden will have the courage to conduct US policies without bowing to the crafty Zionists, who would allow him to reverse his predecessor’s puncture policies, is mere conjecture.
We all remember how, as an opposition figure, Biden merely used the word "recklessness” for Trump’s dastardly assassination of General Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport, mainly out of fear for Iran’s retaliation and not any sympathy for the martyr, as he endorsed the crime in his next phrase to the press by adding: "A dangerous opponent of the US has been removed.”
Could we expect justice from such a person, particularly our avowed goal of punishing Trump and his accomplices for their unpardonable act of terrorism?
It would be naïve if we harbour such a belief, or for that matter the expectation that Biden is a fair and independent person who with one stroke of his pen would strike off Trump’s economic terrorism against Iran and agree to rejoin the JCPOA unconditionally.
The Zionists will never allow him to do so. They seem to be in control of the new team in Washington, as is evident from the statements coming out of the mouths of those considered as Biden’s choice for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Minister of War (Pentagon Chief), Lloyd Austin.
Both have used hostile words against Iran, its right to process uranium for peaceful purpose, its inalienable right to defend its sovereignty through state-of-the art military means, and its positive influence in the region, by openly backing the forces of destabilization in West Asia, such as the illegal Zionist entity, the rootless Arab regimes, and the CENCTCOM terrorists stationed in the region.
Of course, this does not mean that Iran should not call for sanity on the part of the US, but with complete consciousness, so as not to be duped again by biting the bait of talks that would lead to nothing but giving of more concessions in exchange for the US to drop part of its blackmail for release of Iran’s own frozen assets in other countries.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has on several occasions wisely warned of the enemy’s diabolical game and shifting of goal posts.
This means, Iran should focus more seriously on its right of development, its means of defence, and its stabilization efforts in the neighbourhood by fully supporting the popular governments and movements fighting terrorism and foreign intrusion.
The Zionists are indeed a satanic breed, and irrespective of whether Biden is a hardworking donkey or a docile cow, they will skillfully exploit his proverbial kick or horns, or for that matter his braying or bellowing for their devilish goals, as they had done with the madly trumpeting elephant for the past four years.