All you’ll hear about from the mainstream Western media is Iranian defiance in the face of President Trump.
But, if you want to know the truth, at least in this instance, you need to consider how the Middle East media is reporting the situation.
Fortunately, the good folks at the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) have enabled us to do just that by translating Arabic and Farsi news.
And, when it comes to Iran and Trump, they report:
Since the establishment of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which is known to be against Iran’s revolutionary regime, Iran has faced a new reality.
These developments have given rise in Tehran to a sense that it is besieged and under an emerging existential threat, in light of the crystallization of a comprehensive U.S.-Russia-Arab (including Israel) front against the Iranian revolutionary regime.
Iran’s response to these new developments is characterized by fear of U.S. activity against its regime, as can be seen in several areas.
1. Considerable military restraint and a halt to long-range missile tests, in response to the warning by President Trump.
2. A halt to provocations against U.S. Navy vessels, and even an official IRGC statement that responsibility for handling the crews of foreign vessel apprehended penetrating Iranian territorial waters was being transferred from the IRGC to the civilian Ports & Maritime Organization (PMO).
3. A halt to public threats to burn and sink U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf, and a near-total moratorium on hostile anti-U.S. statements.
4. Boosting morale and persuading Iranians of the might of their country and of the need for faith in God and in the armed forces’ ability to face down the U.S.
5. Strengthening the resistance front and delegating the fight against Iran’s enemies – the West, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states – to Iran’s proxies.
6. Attempting to connect Russia to Iran in a strategic alliance.
7. Clinging insistently to the JCPOA.