Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What Is Hegemonic About Iran? (CIA factbook)

Please be sure to compare Iran's military expenditure to that of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Also the public debt!

See Critical Montage's contextualization of Iran's military expenditure in more details


Yoshie said...

A very useful graphic! A good job!

See, also, the table comparing Iran's defense spending and active-duty armed forces with those of Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan in Kaveh Ehsani's "Iran: The Populist Threat to Democracy" (Middle East Report 241, Winter 2006).

Paul Krugman put it this way: "we're talking about a country with roughly the G.D.P. of Connecticut, and a government whose military budget is roughly the same as Sweden's" ("Fearing Fear Itself," New York Times, 29 October 2007).

Servant said...

Where's the chart for how many box cutters they have?

Good info, Naj. Thanks for posting it.

Paranoia has become an industry. Jesus Scares!

Wally da Weasel said...

Good one, Naj. I don't believe any sane person with a good grasp of vocabulary would call Iran 'hegemonic'. In todays world, there is only one nation that would deserve that title. Well, two, if you count Israel, but they can't do it on their own.

Larry said...

Another excellent tool of information Naj.

Skye Frontier said...

Thanks for your kind compliments (but I am not at all war loving!) Expenditure aside, threatening Israel and indeed the world with nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

Ahmedinejad can deny or denigrate or do whatever he will to the memory of the Holocaust, but the truth and fact remains that it has left an indelible fear of anihilation in the heart of every Jew.

Today the State of Israel can do something about it. The regime should take note. As I've stated before, for all my love of Iran, and it really is sincere, I am in favor of stopping the regime's atomic program at any cost.

Incidentally, if this isn't the post you had in mind for me to comment on, feel free to paste the link directly into the comments section on Skye Frontier.

Naj said...


you are being fed a false "terror". I understand that digesting this "terror" is what Israel gets its metabolic resources from. But eating too much junk food, has messed up Israel's digestive system! also it's Homeostasis.

To release its pressure with a big "gas" will just stink up the world, and create a new generation of paranoid schizophrenics across the universe.

MarcLord said...

Nice, Naj. Will cross-post. I do have one question, though: how can Israel's accounts balance be positive if it has such a negative balance of trade?

Anonymous said...

The Saudi King has a audience with Her Majesty, Fisk is almost as livid as I am


A.N. Iraqi

Naj said...

Took me a bit to figure out you are the Critical Montage :)

You have a very nice blog!

Oh that info is even classified to CIA!

Speaking of vocabulary! I have no clue where this "hegemon" suddenly popped up from! Hegemony, fine. But Hegemone?

good to see you ... where have you been? :)

Marc Lord
I have no clue, but I got a B in accounting, so you tell me.

A. N. Iraqi
disturbed me quite a bit. Especially the graphic description of Saudi-Style Head chipping!

Aardvark EF-111B said...

Hmmm, i will skip the Saudi figure, Cash-Tumored by oil prices as usual, and focus on others

The Israel Public dept is [ironically & paradoxially] a healthy sign
*Strong Local Economy, Able to finance the public budget (the government rely on local creditors rather than foreign like Pakistan, or hot oil money like Iran)
*Strong Social, Service & Infrastructure Expenditure
*Iran low firgure raise questions of ((Transparncy))

I am not sure what is (Purchase Power refers to but, usually it means the Purchase power of individuals (so i don't understand the Y-Axis Billions refering to !!)
But a higher purchase power to local Iran refers to the burden of governmental-supported fuel prices that keeps every thing prices low, but very negative impact on the Budget & Investment on long term ((Very Dangerous Sign))

Rate of growth, Only 4%, with current oil price???
FUCK YOU NAJAD, you have serious issues in Economy to fix, yuo crazy ass-hole !!@#**@?!

Saudi +4% GDP, Corrupt, Rutten, Bastards, I feel Sick

Naj said...


thanks for commenting.

Actually you can go to the CIA factbook and see exactly what those numbers mean.

The Purchass power is the amount of liquidity that the state has to "purchass" stuff. The high oil price is reflected in that.

I don't understand the economists arguments well, as I am quite illiterate when it comes to this field of knowledge, but I know Ahmadinejad is under fire, and that Iranian economists are warned about the oil surplus, whatever that means.