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Rafsanjani: US attack on Iran means committing suicide
IRNA ^ | 8/5/07 | IRNA

Posted on 08/05/2007 10:07:09 AM PDT by freedom44

Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Saturday that if the US dares to launch any military attack on Iran it would be regarded as a suicide for that country.

In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya TV channels on Friday night, he said the issue is regarded as a psychological warfare and there is no doubt that the role of UNSC would be highlighted but there are lots of concerns as to what extent such measures would bear fruits.

"We are now facing various threats and challenges but we believe that the past experiences should be used in order to dissuade enemies from targeting us. We have always proved that we are capable enough to thwart plots hatched by the enemies," he said.

Some believe that the US current problems in Iraq and Afghanistan could be a source of concern for Iran, the reporter asked.

Based on historical experiences, when bullying powers are trapped in a quagmire they might take illogical measures to save themselves, Rafsanjani said.

"I believe that the US and UK and their allies are now experiencing a very tough situation in Iraq and Afghanistan and seek a way out of the crisis," he said.

There is no doubt that such suicidal measures would create problems for both sides but they would be the final loser with their measure leaving devastating consequences for the whole region, he said.

Some Arabs have questioned that in case the US targets Iran's nuclear facilities, what would be Iran's response, asked the reporter.

There is no doubt that Iran has various options and plans on the table to give a crushing response to such an attack, he said.

On existing hurdles to expansion of ties between Iran and Arab countries, he said it would be to the benefit of Arab countries to have much closer ties with Iran.

On rifts between Shiites and Sunnis, he said there are no ideological differences between the two groups but it is the enemies of Islam that try to create rifts among them.

"As a united Ummah, we support Palestinians who are not Shiite but are our Sunni brothers and the same applies to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Afghanistan," he said.

"We regard Zionist regime as an illogical one and believe that they have occupied the Palestinian territory and won support of western powers particularly the US," he pointed out.

"On annihilation of the Zionist regime, he said the issue is related to the Palestinians because they are the ones who are fighting with them," he said.

On Iraq developments, he said "We believe that the country should be united and independent and all majority and minority groups should cooperate with their democratic government in running the country's affairs.

On Iran's alleged interference in Iraq, he said Iran never interferes in the country's internal affairs because it would be to the benefit of the region that Iraq remains united.

"We believe that those who carry out suicide attacks are not Iraqi and are insurgents coming from foreign countries with an aim of fanning the flames of sectarian conflicts," he said.

"Iran has voiced readiness to help restore security to Iraq after withdrawal of US troops and this was the main topic of discussion in the second round of Iran-US talks," he underlined.

Restoration of stability and security to the region can be realized only when the US really helps resolve the issue and avoids imposing its views and policies, he said.

"If the US admits to its failure in attaining its regional goals, it might lead to continuation of talks," he said.

All people in the region call for restoration of peace and stability, underlined Rafsanjani.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; rafsanjani

1 posted on 08/05/2007 10:07:11 AM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44
US attack on Iran means committing suicide

Or vice versa...

2 posted on 08/05/2007 10:09:06 AM PDT by inkling (exurbanleague.com)
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To: freedom44

Typically lying swine.


3 posted on 08/05/2007 10:10:20 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Stagmire !


4 posted on 08/05/2007 10:13:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: freedom44
On rifts between Shiites and Sunnis, he said there are no ideological differences between the two groups

Probably not ideological differences, but religious differences like the 12th Imam seem to leap out. Why that would lead one group to blow up the other's vegetable markets and mosques is a mystery.

5 posted on 08/05/2007 10:15:17 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: freedom44
Could we end this farce and just waste these mothers finally?
6 posted on 08/05/2007 10:15:24 AM PDT by MNJohnnie ("Todays (military's) task is three dimensional chess in the dark". General Rick Lynch in Baghdad)
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To: freedom44

Oh, NO not another Mother of all Wars declaration.


7 posted on 08/05/2007 10:15:27 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: DoctorZIn; Cyrus the Great; Prince of Persia; nuconvert; Stefania; FARS; SolidWood; statered; ...

Restarting the Iran ping. On or off ping list.
8 posted on 08/05/2007 10:17:44 AM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44
if the US dares to launch any military attack on Iran it would be regarded as a suicide for that country.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Well, we have a bunch of Dimwitted Democrats who actually believe this. Of course the Nazis, North Koreans, and Japanese said the same to us in the past.

Fortunately we do have a classic answer for these Fascists of the past and present:

"NUTS!"

And as for the dimwit Dems who have fallen for the Iranian and leftist propaganda:

" TRAITORS!"

9 posted on 08/05/2007 10:18:44 AM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: freedom44

BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAAHHAAHA....those with the most to fear bark the loudest...


10 posted on 08/05/2007 10:21:23 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Restoration of stability and security to the region can be realized only when the US really helps resolve the issue and avoids imposing its views and policies, he said.

Parking lot time! Don't have to worry about nation building, and all the islamofacists will come to know, that to push America over the brink is a really bad idea.
11 posted on 08/05/2007 10:21:52 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: freedom44
...if the US dares to launch any military attack on Iran it would be regarded as a suicide for that country.

I just saw "300" for the first time last night, it only strengthened my own opinion of Iran(Persia).

12 posted on 08/05/2007 10:23:21 AM PDT by infidel29 (The US Military: Doing the job politicians don't want to do.)
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To: freedom44
"Rafsanjani: US attack on Iran means committing suicide"

STFU ya pederastic half pint. If you want to know what awaits you read "Angels in Iron" or "The Religion." Yer gonna love boiling pig fat!

13 posted on 08/05/2007 10:26:22 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: freedom44

It’s easy for this Rasfanjani yahoo to say this, because he knows full well the U.S. is not going to attack Iran.


14 posted on 08/05/2007 10:39:49 AM PDT by ought-six ("Give me liberty, or give me death!")
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To: freedom44


Free Version:

http://answering- islam.org/Authors/JR/Future/index.htm


15 posted on 08/05/2007 10:42:47 AM PDT by pacelvi (Islam is the acid that will dissolve the nation-state and led to the total breakdown of civilization)
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To: in hoc signo vinces
..those with the most to fear bark the loudest...

Ya mean that this guy has NLD* disease? * Nasty little dog

16 posted on 08/05/2007 10:43:43 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: RightWhale

The only difference between the Shia and Sunni regarding the Mahdi are the means by which he appears... once he’s here, they all agree on things he will do.


17 posted on 08/05/2007 10:45:31 AM PDT by pacelvi (Islam is the acid that will dissolve the nation-state and led to the total breakdown of civilization)
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To: MNJohnnie

These are various quotes i collected over the years:

Commandant of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said on state television. “God willing, the 21st century will see the defeat of the U.S. and the Zionists, and the victory of freedom-seeking nations of the world. The final goal of the [1979] revolution is to create global Islamic rule and a regime of law to be led by the Imam Mahdi”.

The [Iranians] President’s chief strategist, Hassan Abbassi, has come up with a war plan based on the premise that “Britain is the mother of all evils” – the evils being America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the Gulf states and even Canada, all of whom are the malign progeny of the British Empire. “We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization,” says Mr Abbassi. “There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them… Once we have defeated the Anglo-Saxons the rest will run for cover.”

The IRGC chief warned that Iran was seeing through “critical days” and “fate-determining years”. He described the purpose of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution as the “Salvation of Muslims” from the hands of the “oppressive U.S. and Israel”.


18 posted on 08/05/2007 10:47:44 AM PDT by pacelvi (Islam is the acid that will dissolve the nation-state and led to the total breakdown of civilization)
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To: pacelvi

It’s not a matter of “if” but “when”, we need to take these nutters on their word...and send them to Allah before they can kill millions on a campaign of terror to “free” the world for islam as they say...


19 posted on 08/05/2007 10:52:06 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: pacelvi

Sine their Mahdi doesn’t seem to be coming to them, I suggest we send them to join him.


20 posted on 08/05/2007 10:53:46 AM PDT by MNJohnnie ("Todays (military's) task is three dimensional chess in the dark". General Rick Lynch in Baghdad)
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To: pacelvi
“We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization,” says Mr Abbassi. “There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them… "

And the Hebrews said:
"If a man comes to kill you, arise and kill him first."

21 posted on 08/05/2007 10:54:29 AM PDT by Max in Utah (O Great and Benevolent Rulers of America: WHERE'S OUR FENCE?!)
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To: Max in Utah

29 sites...huh? Sounds like the plot to CBS’s nuke war drama “Jericho”...


22 posted on 08/05/2007 10:58:17 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

Yep.


23 posted on 08/05/2007 10:59:49 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: freedom44
Rafsanjani: US attack on Iran means committing suicide

Publius6961: Posturing and sabre-rattling by incompetent sandmaggots means commiting Suicide

Just saying.

24 posted on 08/05/2007 11:02:11 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: RightWhale
Why that would lead one group to blow up the other's vegetable markets and mosques is a mystery.

Not that it's necessarily a bad thing.

25 posted on 08/05/2007 11:03:33 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: freedom44

If we attack Iran, it will be with nukes.


26 posted on 08/05/2007 11:11:34 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: RightWhale

The way the Sunni Salifists view the world is this:

No country on earth is truely Islamic. The way the world is now is exactly as it was at the time of Mohemmed.

Meaning that there is a small vanguard of true Muslims and their mission is to create the first real Islamic state (again).

This means that those people who consider themselves Muslims but who are not working toward this goal are not truely Muslim and thus are legitimate targets of war.

none of the shiia are considered to be proper Muslims but apostates

thus they are legitimate targets of war.

NOT TO MENTION the ease with which the militants can cause failure of the US mission in Iraq by enflaming the Sunni/Shia divide.

The matter is complex because it does seem that in some circumstances Iran and Al Qaida are working together against the US.. which isn’t surprising... since they using their own version of the Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend.


27 posted on 08/05/2007 11:12:11 AM PDT by pacelvi (Islam is the acid that will dissolve the nation-state and led to the total breakdown of civilization)
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To: freedom44

big yap from a place that has an economy half that of Texas

yappy fools....


28 posted on 08/05/2007 11:18:30 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: freedom44

Up your Ummah, Rafsanjani.


29 posted on 08/05/2007 11:54:26 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: freedom44
Don't these people want to die? Is not martyrdom their goal? Let's help them...Oh, now I remember - martyrdom's only for the children.
30 posted on 08/05/2007 12:06:36 PM PDT by ducdriver ("Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." GKC)
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To: Max in Utah


"If a man doesn't strike first, he will be struck first"
Athengoras of Syracuse

31 posted on 08/05/2007 12:29:54 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: freedom44

Nah, let’s wait for the next Iranian revolution. That way, we’ll get a greater, less boring world war. If we allow Iran to finish building nukes tomorrow for the sake of our economic enjoyment today, then more nations will get involved in the dance.


32 posted on 08/05/2007 1:19:44 PM PDT by familyop (warmongering neo-con cowboy)
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To: freedom44
"'On annihilation of the Zionist regime, he said the issue is related to the Palestinians because they are the ones who are fighting with them,' he said."

They continue to say things like that, as they build up toward conquering Britain and taking the Vatican.

S. Korea, U.S. verifying reports on test of new N.K. missile in Iran: source
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834307/posts
(4,000 kilometer range—will reach London and Rome--May 16th, 2007)


33 posted on 08/05/2007 1:25:56 PM PDT by familyop (warmongering neo-con cowboy)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Oh, NO not another Mother of all Wars declaration.

Yah but this time they really mean it.
34 posted on 08/05/2007 6:45:33 PM PDT by festus (I'm a fRedneck and proud of it.)
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