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How Do You Say “Chutzpah” In Farsi?

Iran, which has sent gunmen and equipment to assist friend Assad in picking off his citizens, and whose proxy Hezbollah — at Assad’s behest — is executing Syrian soldiers who refuse to kill their countrymen, and which brutally crushed its own domestic dissent, has accused the US and her allies of meddling in the Syrian uprising.

“Some regimes, especially America and the Zionist regime, with particular aims, are provoking terrorist groups in Syria and in the region to carry out terrorist and sabotage operations,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast. “The Zionist regime and its advocates are seriously threatened. That is why they are doing all they can to crush this resistance line standing against the aggression of the Zionist regime.”

See what he did there? By asserting that Assad, and not the Syrian protest movement, represents the real “resistance,” he’s trying to remind his listeners of the role Assad and his family — and Hezbollah, and Iran — have purported to assume for decades, that of unwavering stalwart against the evil Jewish state. But as the uprising is ever more brutally suppressed, that role is being revealed as a convenient front.

The Syrian people aren’t buying it anymore. They’re not just burning pictures of Assad: they’re burning pictures of Sheik Nasrallah and chanting slogans against Ayatollah Khameini.