Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We Are Ready for America's Attack ‎

Revolutionary Guards Chief:
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by:Rasa Ghazinejad

In an interview with Jam-e Jam daily, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards ‎Corps (IRGC) announced that the U.S. military threat has become "more serious." ‎
According to General Jafari, "With actions that our enemies have conducted in the past few years ‎and with their psychological warfare, accusations and lies, they are trying to convince the world ‎that Iran is pursuing un-peaceful nuclear activities. These accusations coupled with the limited ‎time that Bush has until the end of his presidential term, and also the dim hopes of Republicans ‎for victory of their party's candidate in the United States presidential election, have brought ‎about an environment in which we have to take the possibility of an actual military attack more ‎seriously than prior periods." ‎
In this interview, Jafari alluded to Israel's role in a possible war: "It seems like America's threats ‎would not be implemented without Israel's support, and America needs Israel's cooperation. ‎Although they may claim on the surface that America is attacking independently, we are certain ‎that America would not take such action without Israel's cooperation. This very point, given the ‎many vulnerabilities that the Zionist regime suffers from, is a deterrent for enemies."‎
Jafari explained, "The geographic realities of the Zionist regime and Iran's capability to attack ‎this occupying regime outside of Iran are important factors that have deterred the enemy from ‎attacking Iran… In light of the Islamic Republic's position and influence among the world's ‎nations and countries, Muslim revolutionaries from the Islamic world (whether Shia or Sunni) ‎would consider America and Israel's attack on an Islamic Iran an attack on the Muslim world. ‎Undoubtedly, a sense of holy duty to respond and confront will emerge in the minds of Muslim ‎revolutionaries and this is not something that the Islamic Republic can prevent." ‎
General Jafari added, "We believe that Americans are more vulnerable than Israelis and the ‎presence of American troops in the region and around our country is part of this vulnerability. It ‎allows the Islamic Republic of Iran to exploit means other than missile attacks to damage ‎America's interests even far away, and this is a significant deterrent factor that they pay attention ‎to." ‎
Noting that "If Iran is attacked we cannot hope that international organizations to protect our ‎own rights," Jafari concluded, "For this reason, we place expansive military and non-military ‎capabilities at the base of our reaction and, with the experience that is present, we can very easily ‎organize our resources in a way to make the enemy fail in achieving its goals." ‎
The IRGC commander added that in case of a military attack, one of Iran's actions would be to ‎‎"control the passage of oil" through the Strait of Hormuz: "Certainly, if there conflict between us ‎and ultra-regional enemies, the repercussions would reach the issue of oil. Following such action ‎the price of oil would see a considerable increase and this is among the factors deterring enemies ‎from taking military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran."‎
Finally, Jafari warned the United States of using its regional bases: "If ultra-regional enemies use ‎the territory of regional countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran, we would not hold the ‎peoples of those countries responsible, but the governments of those countries must be ‎responsible and it is our absolute right to react to the enemies military resources and capabilities, ‎wherever they may be." ‎

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