Iran’s top military commander, General Mohammad Ali Jaafari, who heads the Revolutionarty Guards, warned of of retaliation against American military bases in the Gulf region which are located in Arab nations. He told Al-Jazeera that if Iran is attacked it is our “natural right to respond” and it will happen. He admitted such an attack would have serious consequences for Arabs since there are American bases on their terrritory. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mottaki, warned the UN Security Council of “serious and l ogical consequences” if new sanctions are imposed. He promised to reveal the nature of those consequnces in the coming days.
A proud nation like Iran is almost psychologically required to demonstrate a sense of being able to handle any situation. Unfortunately, Iran’s leaders sometimes do not realize their nation lacks the military capacity to handle modern attacks by heavily armed adversaries. The only nation which has invaded Iran in recent times was Saddam Hussein’s army. American military weapons are somewhat more sophisticated than those of Saddam’s forces. It is time to tone down the rhetoric of defiance and be defiant in a quieter tone of voice.
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Tagged Iran, Revolutionary Guards, UN Sanctions
The United States and Iran have become like two men dueling with banjos as to which one can make the loudest sound. For each George Bush action, there is a responding sound of defiance from Iranian officials. In the latest outburst, Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards uttered threats of retaliation against America. “The enemy knows,” said Jafari, “that if it attacks Iran, it will certainly get stuck in a quagmire much deeper than Iraq and Afghanistan and it will be defeated.” He ended his tirade with a note of defiance, “If enemies prove naive enough to invade Iran, they will be slapped hard.” Bush continues his verbal threats to create uncertainty within Iran as to his next move. On Wednesday, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns commented that war against Iran was “not inevitable and not desirable.” Russia, standing on the edge of the duelers has made clear its opposition to war, and a Foreign Ministry spokesperson let the United States know, “we don’t support plans for a ‘holy alliance’ against that country.”
Words don’t kill, but words can lead to actions that result in death. It is unfortunate the United States continues gaining a reputation of not merely threatening nations, but of taking actions that result in war not violence. There is some support in the European Union for sanctions, but none for war against Iran. Perhaps, a first step is cooling down the rhetoric and focusing on reaching an agreement that respects the integrity of Iran while avoiding proliferation of atomic weapons.
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General Mahmoud Chaharbagh, a top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, threatened immediate military action if his nation was attacked. “Enemy bases and positions have been identified…The Guards ground force will fire 11,000 rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression against Iranian territory.” Granted, there is typical military hubris in claiming one’s forces are capable of defeating an enemy, but there is scant doubt Iran has missiles and is capable of firing them at American and Israel positions. If one assumes 90% of the rockets are destroyed prior to landing, that still leaves about a thousand missiles crashing into Israel or American positions. If such an attack happened it would invariably result in further American/Israel attacks on Iran, and, most probably, a land invasion. That would be a disaster for America and Israel as well as for the entire Middle East. War with Iran dooms any chance for resolution of the Palestinian/Israel conflict. It would compel many Muslim nations to distance themselves from the United States for fear of antagonizing their population.
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Tagged Iran, Israel, missiles, Revolutionary Guards, US positions