Yesterday’s suicide terrorist attack in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province “killed seven commanders of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and dozens of other people,” including civilians. In a statement, U.S. State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said “We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives,” and denied any U.S. involvement in the attack.
This bit of diplomatic boilerplate was too much, however, for Commentary’s Noah Pollak, who is outraged that it took our government “only moments to respond to the utterly non-tragic and thoroughly deserved killings of some hardened terrorists and murderers,” and asks:
Why does the Obama administration work so hard to always reassure the Iranian regime that the U.S. has only its best interests at heart?
It’s really a wonderful demonstration of deepening neocon dementia that even a standard administration statement of regret at the murder of Iranians by terrorists is now viewed as inappropriately solicitous of Iran. I’m sure there were similar sentiments expressed by right-wing Iranians when Ayatollah Khamenei condemned the 9/11 attacks. As my friend Rob Farley says, every country has its neocons. And Iran’s neocons and America’s are united in the view that terrorism against people we don’t like isn’t really terrorism, and should be applauded, not condemned.