Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared Iran as the world’s “number one” power. “Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Tehran on Thursday [Fars News agency, 28 February].
“Today the name of Iran means a firm punch in the teeth of the powerful and it puts them in their place,” Ahmadinejad added.
On Monday, during an address to the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Ahmadinejad had called the Islamic revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic the “greatest events of the contemporary history” since the appointment of “Prophet Muhammad as messenger of Allah and the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson Imam Hussain” [IRNA, 25 February].
In the past few days, President Ahmadinejad has insisted that the latest IAEA report on Iran nuclear program was a total victory for Iran, and the issue was no more. This in spite of reports that the UN Security Council will pass a third sanctions resolution against Iran as early as tomorrow.
I have voiced my concerns in previous posts that the leadership in Tehran seems to have lost touch with realities. Ahmadinejad’s recent pronouncements, however, unfortunately go a step further. We might be witnessing a dangerous situation of leaders becoming delusional. Iran can certainly ill afford it at a critical moment in its history.