My latest at PJ Media:
Dr. Reza Parchizadeh, a political theorist and analyst, recently noted on Twitter that “the Iranian regime has turned the late #George_Floyd into Saint George, Shiite-style!” And sure enough, Parchizadeh posted a painting of Floyd depicting him in the way Shi’ite Muslims often depict their holy figures: in a green robe and surrounded by an aura of holy light.
As incongruous as the image is, it’s perfectly fitting: Floyd, whose murder touched off the rage for destruction that is afflicting America today, is the perfect symbol for the Iranian Islamic regime’s oft-repeated aspiration: “Death to America.”
Floyd’s criminal record and history of violent behavior and drug use may seem at first glance to be incompatible with sanctity, even sanctity as the Iranian mullahs envision it, but actually the canonization of Floyd is entirely reasonable within the context of present-day Iran.
When it ordered the Iranian people to scream “Death to America” every Friday in mosques, the regime already made the destruction of America into a holy act. The destructive riots and ongoing unrest in the United States that began with Floyd’s murder can be seen, through pious Shi’ite eyes, as a manifestation of Allah’s judgment against the Great Satan. So they are holy as well, and therefore their linchpin Floyd is a saint. What else could he be?
Few Americans realize it, but “Death to America” is not just empty sloganeering or braggadocio. It is a deeply-held guiding principle of the entire Iranian regime. Even as Barack Obama’s calamitous nuclear agreement with Iran was being concluded, a decisive majority of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) declared: “The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement.”
Remember also: in an Islamic context, a “martyr” is not simply someone who dies for his faith. It is someone who takes hold of the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111). If the Iranian nation is “martyr-nurturing,” it is raising a generation of killers.
The assembled parliamentarians added that “Death to America” — which according to Agence France Presse is “chanted at the weekly Friday prayers in mosques and at protests” — had “turned into the symbol of the Islamic Republic and all struggling nations.”
Chanting “Death to America” is the “symbol of the Islamic Republic.” A communal desire to destroy the United States and commit mass murder of its citizens is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s very reason for being.
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