“Defiant,” that’s the words you keep hearing all over media when somebody’s talking about Iran: “Iran remains defiant.” “Ahmadinejad’s defiant tone.” Blah, blah, blah…
The story’s are different, the circumstances are never the same, but the word is unchanging. You might wonder what the deal is with the word.
Well, the author of this article seems to have understood what this word might mean in the dictionary of the U.S. administration:
Iran is still unwavering, however. Iran’s state television quoted the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 17, as he defended the country’s pursuit for nuclear technology. “Oil and gas reserves won’t last forever. If a nation doesn’t think of producing its future energy needs, it will be dependent on domination-seeking powers,” he was reported as saying. Again, regardless of the dialectics of Khamanei’s rationale, the US understands this view as continuing ‘defiance’, an understanding that positions the military option, from the US viewpoint, as inevitable.