Among Western governments consensus is growing that Hezbollah, acting under Iranian instruction, perpetrated last week’s suicide bombing against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The attack signifies a significant ideological and operational shift for Hezbollah, which had cultivated an image as an independent Lebanese actor.
As Friday’s nuclear talks with Iran approach, there are storm clouds in the distance. Global security would be affected by a conflict and the global economy remains in a risky, brittle state as it attempts to dig itself out of one of the worst recessions since the Second World War.
So, who should be frightened by Iran?
The vast majority of political power in Iran today lies in the hands of old bearded men in robes and turbans, plus the minor exception of a short cartoonish-looking man with a penchant for provocation and Members Only jackets.
You never forget the first time you’re told to “go back to your country.” It’s like being punched in the heart and stomach simultaneously.
An Iranian national injured five people, including himself, after throwing a grenade at Thai police. The attack comes one day after a bomb exploded at an Israeli embassy in India and another one was defused at the embassy in Georgia.
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