Iran’s always tyrannical and sometimes apocalyptic mullahs have certainly been busy of late. They’ve been spinning faster than a champion dervish, trying to convince the gullible, at home and abroad, that their Hamas proxies in Gaza won a signal victory against Israel, and that Iran was the reason for their success. Meanwhile, they’ve called for the assassination of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, and Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, and organized mass rallies against President Obama, complete with ritual burning of his photo.
Some of it shows the regime’s comedic skills at their highest pitch, such as the offer of a million dollars to anyone who killed Mubarak. That is a generous reward the mullahs know they’ll never have to pay off, since anyone who actually murdered the Egyptian president would hardly be in a position to collect. At the same time, Tehran provided us with one of their favorite bits of street theater: seventy thousand screaming citizens demanding to be sent to Gaza on suicide missions. There, too, the offer was cost-free, since Iran doesn’t send its own citizens to blow themselves up. They use the despised Arabs for such things. Nobody’s seen an Iranian suicide bomber since the fall of the shah in 1979.
The battle of Gaza showed at least two important things about the Iranians:
–They are totally ready to fight to the last…Palestinian;
–When push comes to shove, not even the most faithful proxy can count on Tehran for assistance.
No sooner had the fighting started, than top Iranians flew to Damascus to tell Hamas’s “leaders” (who never left Damascus; no battlefield ribbons for them) that they had better not stop fighting. No cease fire until the Israelis had been defeated. This produced the entirely predictable result of increasing casualties in Gaza (both Hamas terrorists and innocent civilians), and a clear victory by the Israelis.
The mullahs obviously couldn’t permit that result to stand, and so they declared victory. Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Majlis (Parliament) delivered the official version: “In Gaza, Israel for the first time succumbed to the resistance of the Palestinian people in its alleged territories and Gaza was actually liberated in this war…Gaza is the beginning of Israel’s serious downfall…”
To which one can only murmer, with such liberations, the Palestinian people is surely doomed. And not only the Palestinians; their sponsors don’t look very good on the morning after, despite the mullahs’ predictable claim of victory. Everybody in Gaza knew that this was the second Iran/Israel battle (the first was in Lebanon in 2006, involving Iran’s favorite proxy, Hezbollah), and that the mullahs, along with Iran’s favored troops had been smashed:
Palestinian sources reported Thursday that the “Iranian Unit” of Hamas, members of the group’s military wing trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, had been destroyed.
According to the sources, most of the unit’s members were killed in fighting in the Zeytun neighborhood, where they had been deployed by the military leadership of Hamas.
The unit numbered approximately 100 men who had traveled to Iran and Hezbollah camps, mostly in the Beka’a Valley, where they were trained in infantry fighting tactics. The militants were also trained in the use of anti-tank missiles, the detonation of explosives, among other skills.
The “Iranian Unit” was only a small part of Iran’s massive investment in Hamas. Iran provides approximately $20 -$30 million to Hamas annually and also trains Hamas operatives in Iran and Syria. Iran gave Hamas a $50 million “success fee” after it beat Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction in the 2006 Palestinian elections.
In the months before Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007, Iran conducted extensive military training for Hamas members. Approximately 950 Hamas terrorists have been trained in building rockets and bombs, tactical warfare, weapons operation and sniper tactics by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a special division of Iran’s armed forces.