Monday, June 21, 2010

Fars News: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps "prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico"

A fairly frequent theme in the Iranian press is that Iran is standing by to solve this or that problem. I'm including the picture of Qassemi, who looks like he can control the oil spill just by glowering at it.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Monday that its experts are prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The experience of Iranians' presence in curbing oil spills in a number of neighboring states in the Persian Gulf, such as Kuwait, demonstrates Iranian capabilities and skills and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is ready to help curb the oil spill (in the Gulf of Mexico)," Commander of the IRGC's Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters General Rostam Qassemi stated.

Qassemi reminded the environmental threat posed by the oil spill to the Caribbean states and nations, and stated, "Despite new sanctions, IRGC is prepared to fulfill its humanitarian duty in this regard and use its exclusive and indigenous capability in the Gulf of Mexico."

Considering Washington and London's claims that they are economic and industrial superpowers, the US and Britain's inability to stop the oil spill two months after the initial incident is "humiliating and shameful", he reiterated.

Earlier on May 24, Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazzemi had voiced the country's preparedness to aid the US in cleaning the massive oil spill in Mexico's Gulf Coast which threatens the surrounding environment. [...]
Meanwhile, at IRNA Foreign Minister Mottaki explains that "Monday issuance of recent UNSC resolution was a political goof off for United States." I guess it sounded better in Persian. And at Iran's PressTV we learn that a "top Hamas official" is complaining that Israel still won't allow anything into Gaza you can build bunkers with:
"Allowing the entry of goods into Gaza while barring the construction materials is meaningless," he said. "We don't want snacks and chips. We need building materials."
And they'll probably get them after another martyrdom-seeking flotilla or two.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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