Skip to comments.Iran Threatens the West
Posted on 07/13/2004 12:29:10 PM PDT by knighthawk
In recent weeks, prominent Iranian figures have issued statements against the West, both within the government and in the newspapers close to the regime. These statements include threats to U.S. and European interests and targets throughout the world. The following is a collection of recent threats and is part of a comprehensive report on Iran's nuclear policy, to be published soon:
In a speech to the residents of the city of Hamedan on July 5, 2004, Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei said: "We, the Iranian people, within the borders of our country, will cut off any hand that harms our scientific, natural, human, or technological interests. We will cut off the hand that is sent to invade and work against our people's interests. We will do this with no hesitation.... If the enemy has the audacity to harm and invade, our blows against it will not be limited to the borders of our country... If someone harms our people and invades [our country], we will endanger his interests anywhere in the world."(1)
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Political Bureau head General Yadollah Javani wrote in the conservative daily Kayhan, which is close to Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei: "Threats of this kind are nothing new, but Iran must respond to these threats.(2) To deal with the invader, Iran will use all its capabilities within and outside Iran. It seems to me that in his [Hamedan] speech, the leader was referring to the use of all means of force, as Iran has in its possession all means of force on the highest level.
"...The converging of millions of Iranian youth imbued with the spirit of Shehada [martyrdom] in the Basij forces(3)... along with a courageous leader, the trend of the Islamic awakening, and the consolidation of many supporters around Iran's Islamic revolution can [all] go into action in times of crisis and play their part in light of these threats.
"Today we have in our possession long-range smart missiles which can reach many of the interests and vital resources of the Americans and of the Zionist regime in our region. Thus, if the enemies show stupidity and make any mistake towards Iran, [Iran] will certainly use all the means and capabilities at its disposal.
"Today we enjoy high deterrent ability, and if the enemy acts in madness and wants to try his luck, he will, as the leader said, quickly see his black fate, and will regret acting against Iran's Islamic regime."(4)
In an editorial, the July 6, 2004 edition of Kayhan stated: "The entire Islamic Middle East is now a volatile and tangled trap, and will be set off by the smallest bit of silliness - and will reap many victims of the sinful adventurers... Indeed, the White House's 80 years of exclusive rule are likely to become 80 seconds of Hell that will burn to ashes everything that has been built.
"Iran's counter-response is likely to be called 'sudden death' and 'the Angel of Death suddenly revealed.' That very day, those who resist [Iran] will be struck from directions they never expected. The heartbeat of the crisis is undoubtedly [dictated by] the hand of Iran."(5)
Previous Threats The above threats are in addition to earlier threats that were reviewed by MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 181, "The Internal Debate in Iran: How to Respond to Western Pressure Regarding Its Nuclear Program" of June 17, 2004.(6) The main threats were:
1. The recruitment and training of thousands of Iranian volunteers by Iran's Revolutionary Guards for suicide attacks against Western, European, and U.S. targets in Iraq, and their dispatch to Iraq.(7)
2. Resumption of Iran's project for long-range Shihab 4 and Shihab 5 missiles, capable of reaching Europe and the U.S., by order of Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei.(8)
3. Statements by senior Revolutionary Guards officials about a plan to eliminate "Anglo-Saxon civilization" using missiles and martyrdom [suicide] bombers, and about "29 sensitive targets" in the West, already identified by Iranian intelligence with the aim of blowing them up.(9)
Endnotes: (1) Kayhan (Iran), July 6, 2004. See also Clip No. 140, July 5, 2004, www.memritv.org . (2) These statements were in response to an article in The Washington Times which he claimed was about Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities within 80 seconds. (3) The Basij is a paramilitary youth militia loyal to the regime. (4) Kayhan (Iran), July 8, 2004. (5) Kayhan (Iran), July 6, 2004. (6) http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA18104 . (7) Reports on registration of volunteers, a volunteer suicide bombers registration convention, and the dispatch of suicide bombers to Iraq appeared in Kayhan (Iran), June 1, 2004; Sharq (Iran), June 5, 2004; Jomhouri-ye Eslami (Iran), June 6, 2004; Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), May 28, 2004 and June 14, 2004; Sharq (Iran), May 27, 2004 http://www.sharghnewspaper.com/830307/gover.htm , and also at the Rouydad website (Persian) that is opposed to the regime, http://rouydad.info/news/index.aspx?UID=2513 . (8) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), June 14, 2004. (9) In a subsequent television interview, Dr. Hassan Abasi, theoretician of Revolutionary Guards intelligence, head of the Revolutionary Guards' Center for Doctrinaire Affairs of National Security Without Borders, and Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei's representative at the Iranian broadcasting authority, said, "If the interests of Iran are endangered, if our Iranian identity is endangered and our civilization encounters obstacles, the Westerners must know that we will certainly not allow tranquility to anyone. We will not allow anyone in the West to sit in tranquility in his home while Iran encounters problems. Therefore, I reiterate: If there is no security for our Islamic and Iranian civilization, and if Iran and if our civilization are harmed, the others must certainly expect that they too will have no security." Jaam-e Jam 2 TV (Iran), June 22, 2004.
Yep, these turban boys can sure talk some trash, can't they? They didn't mention roasting our soldiers' stomachs in Hell, but I'm sure they'll get around to it.
I just had a thought, after reading this bombast from Khamenei, that perhaps this failure to convince the Islamists of the danger of threatening us is partly due to our speaking on two different levels. Perhaps this is something we could try, to meet them on their own turf, to try and bridge the gap. For example:
Addressing a rally in the rural town of Camdenton, Missouri, American President George W. Bush spoke on a myriad of issues, among which was the ongoing war on terror.
"It has been declared by the misbegotten leaders of these nations that they will bring the threat of violence to our pristine shores," President Bush said. "I say unto them: any assault will be repulsed and returned to its source, where it will erupt into a fireball of justice and righteousness. Those that hate America will be consumed by fire and cast into hell."
Speaking directly to Iran leader Ali Khamenei, who harshly criticized America's presence in the Middle East earlier in the week, Bush replied directly: "It is not Iran's place to threaten the United States (God be praised)! America will not cower from empty words. Should Iran attempt to enact their invective they will find themselves counted among the list of America's enemies. The American jets will arc towards their capital! The footsoldiers will lavish ass-kickings upon the insurgents! The spectre of death will hover above their heads, for they are the very agents of justice!" etc. etc.
Let's see...Iran fought Iraq for eight years and go nowhere. We fought Iraq twice and that didn't go Iraq's way. Using a little military algebra, I can say with confidence that a threat from Iran is no threat at all.
"They didn't mention roasting our soldiers' stomachs in Hell"
Someone get a Doctor! This man's got AFP coming out the wazoo. Wait, he used the proper plural possessive for soldiers. Can't be AFP.
The thing is, you see, that could be theirs or ours. It is not responsible to consider using those offensively. In retaliation only, since they have no military use.
When there were 50,000 nukes and many were 20 megaton city busters, there was great danger to the planet. A handful of 10 kiloton devices is not that, and so will be used.