At a time in which at the very least Iran ought to be made to feel the stinging effects of international ostracism and sanctions, it was given a public relations boon by no less than the American president. The ayatollahs’ regime seized upon it with exultant relish and laughed gloatingly out loud.

The message sent to the people of the Middle East in general, and especially to the discontented masses in Iran, isn’t heartening. America, and in its tow the Free World, was made to look incompetent. In this region preposterous images inflict decisive damage.

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