Redaktøren av den iranske avisen Kayhan, Hussein Shariatmadri, har en lederartikkel om Gaza som ber muslimer verden over om å angripe borgerne i Vesten og velte de arabiske lederne som samarbeider med Israel og Vesten. Han poengterer at alle mål er innen rekkevidde av muslimske våpen.
Shariatmadri er kjent for å stå Den øverste Leder, Ali Khamenei, nær. Lederen, som sto 26. januar, går mye lenger enn vanlig propganda. Den kobler Gaza til en krig mot Israel og Vesten: blod skal flyte, sier Shariatmadri, og regimer skal falle. Det viser om ikke annet at Gaza er blitt en brikke i et spill om makt og innflytelse mellom sunni-stater og teokratiet i Iran.
«The slaughter being carried out by the Zionists in Gaza – which includes the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children, cutting off the electricity, water, and fuel, stopping the supply of medicines and food products – along with various other savage crimes, is disgraceful for the Zionists, and for America and its European allies.
«However, it is even more embarrassing and disgraceful for, first and foremost, the heads of several Islamic countries, [including] Egypt, that is insisting on adhering to the abject Camp David Accords and closing the Rafah border crossing [to the Palestinians]; for the cowardly and characterless rulers of Bahrain and the U.A.E., who awarded a prize to the murderer [i.e. President Bush] of the oppressed Palestinian people during his recent trip to the region; and for the Saudi [royal] family, that bears the appellation ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Places’ but is indifferent to the crimes and violations of the infidel Zionists in the Muslim holy places, and so on.
«But aren’t most of the sensitive centers of the Zionists, of the Americans, and of some European states that support Israel already situated within the arms’ reach of the Muslims? And aren’t the Zionists [vulnerable] and located within arms’ reach of the Muslims at the four corners of the earth? What human and legal basis can prevent an attack on these centers and people? Why must the savage, blood-letting Zionists and Americans be permitted to choose the field of battle as they wish? [Why are they permitted] to besiege the oppressed Palestinian brothers and sisters and their children, on the land that belongs to that helpless people, and to shoot at them night and day and to massacre them?
«America and its European and Zionist supporters must know that their support for Israel’s crimes will cost them very dearly. Once they discern that this support will cost them the property and lives of their citizens, they will doubtless reconsider their support for the savage Zionists… And didn’t the Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini] teach that if every Muslim pours out one bucket of water, there will be a flood that will sweep away Israel, and destroy it?
«Every time a movement rises up against the Zionist occupier and acts to liberate its homeland, America and its allies accuse it of terrorism, and every state that supports these movements is punished. Why wouldn’t the Muslims act the same way, and attack all the supporters of the Zionists everywhere in the world?
«The prevalent legal doctrine in both the Shi’ite school and the Sunni school is that it is permissible to attack anyone whom the enemy uses as a shield in the war against the enemies of Islam. Therefore, if some heads of Islamic states prevent the Muslim peoples from attacking the Zionists – thus constituting a shield that prevents support to the persecuted people of that region – it permissible to topple these defenders of the enemy.»
Lederen heter: «The Defenders of the Enemy