There are two nations who are the go-to punching bags of the rest of the world. The first is the United States who is blamed for pretty much every problem but panned for every accomplishment. The second is Israel, who is the alleged cause of all tension in the Middle East.
Iran continued the trend following a deadly shooting at a military parade that left 25 dead. An Arab separatist group with ties to the Islamic State claimed responsibility, and ISIS followed up with a video showing three gunmen on their way to the event.
Undeterred by evidence, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, government officials, and ranking members of Iran’s military pointed the finger at the United States and Israel.
Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard, was at a funeral for one of the attack’s victims when he reportedly said, “You have seen our revenge before … You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done.”
Suspects have reportedly been arrested and the country has declared Monday a national day of mourning. Iran believes the attack was carried out by militants trained by Israel and Gulf states, and supported by the U.S.
To be fair, Iran isn’t claiming that the United States nor Israel had a direct hand in the attacks, but believe the militants are a proxy of Israel supported by the United States. It’s a nice narrative and actually might have a shred of truth mixed in there.
By shred, I mean that it’s very possible the separatist group has had dealings with the United States, Israel, or both in some form or fashion. That’s not to say either notion condoned or was aware of the attacks beforehand. That is almost certainly not the case. But we do have our fingers ever so slightly touching many groups that oppose our enemies.
Just as we worked with Osama bin Laden in the 1980s and/or 1990s, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we’re working with the separatists as well.