Bret McGurk, US undersecretary of something, finds the Iranian militias roaming the streets of Baghdad and other cities the creepiest of them all.
I, of course, agree,
Hey lall, you want your Iranian idols to have a place under the sun? Then, my advice they should stop pretending to having any credible Islamic credentials. IMHO, no one buys their claims, not the least of all the Arabs of course. May be they should try something more genuine like their long-sunken Persian credentials. So, let’s see how Persianism sells among the Arabs.
Since no one is sure if you’re Arab or Iranian, I’ll volunteer an English rendition of a widely used Arab saying pertaining to the Iranians trying to sell themselves to the world, and particularly to the Arabs, as some kind of Islamic authority.
We say to someone trying to sell someone else something the presumed buyer has in abundance, the seller is trying to sell water to the water sellers in the district of water selling.
There is another widely exchanged saying specific to my dear Gulfie friends: A remedy was found for every ailment except for the utter stupidity of an Ajami. Ajami is how they refer to an Iranian in the Gulf.
I know, on the other hand, that the Iranians have similar stereotypical terms they use against the Arabs and they even composed poetry in order to blow off steam.
Even so no offense is intended if it’s mutual in every respect.