The return of Darius the Great

Iran ‘number one world power’: Ahmadinejad:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that Iran was the world’s “number one” power, as he launched a bitter new assault on domestic critics he accused of siding with the enemy.

“Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to families who lost loved ones in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

“Today the name of Iran means a firm punch in the teeth of the powerful and it puts them in their place,” he added in the address broadcast live on state television.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    I learn more hear by accident than elsewhere by design (apologies to Joe Soucheray). Until today, the only Darius I knew was Darius Rucker! I wonder if the history of Iran was covered at Charles A. Lindbergh Senior High School in the mid 70′s?

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    I learn more hear by accident than elsewhere by design (apologies to Joe Soucheray). Until today, the only Darius I knew was Darius Rucker! I wonder if the history of Iran was covered at Charles A. Lindbergh Senior High School in the mid 70′s?

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Probably something lost in the translation. Maybe he meant Iran is the “number one” Persian state?

    Or maybe he was just pointing out that Iran is “number one” in a list of alphabetized Middle East states (in English, assuming you don’t count Bahrain or Egypt, which presumably were wiped off the face of the (Iranian) map, like so many other countries)?

    Heck, for all I know, Ahmadinejad recently changed the name of the country to Aaaran (or its Persian equivalent) just to secure its “number one” status.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Probably something lost in the translation. Maybe he meant Iran is the “number one” Persian state?

    Or maybe he was just pointing out that Iran is “number one” in a list of alphabetized Middle East states (in English, assuming you don’t count Bahrain or Egypt, which presumably were wiped off the face of the (Iranian) map, like so many other countries)?

    Heck, for all I know, Ahmadinejad recently changed the name of the country to Aaaran (or its Persian equivalent) just to secure its “number one” status.

  • allen

    ‘President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that Iran was the world’s “number one” power, ‘

    One day I will learn not to enjoy a beverage while perusing the internet.

  • allen

    ‘President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that Iran was the world’s “number one” power, ‘

    One day I will learn not to enjoy a beverage while perusing the internet.

  • C.W.

    Iran never stopped being number 1.

  • C.W.

    Iran never stopped being number 1.


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