On New Year’s Eve 1977 in Tehran, President Carter made the following toast to the late Shah of Iran:
“Iran, because of the great leadership of the Shah, is an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world. This is a great tribute to you, Your Majesty, and to your leadership and to the respect and the admiration and love which your people give to you.”
And now compare it with the statement made by Ismael Ahmadi-Moghadam who is the Commander of the Police Force and “president” Ahmadinejad’s brother-in-law. Speaking on the subject of sanctions and that his police force being in full control of any possible future “economic sedition”, Fars news Agency quotes his as saying:
“Islamic Republic lives like an island of stability in the midst of horrible waves of threats and harms.”
The last time “island of stability” was invoked, very soon after things got unstable leading to change of regime.
Airtight the sanctions, it is working.