Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The ‘Zionist regime’ lacks the diplomatic, economic and social ability to launch a wide-scale war, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s senior military advisor stated Tuesday.
General Yahya Rahim Safavi’s remarks were made in response to threats made by Israel and the possibility that the Jewish state would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“Iran’s armed forces, including the Revolutionary Guards, and 11 million members of the Basij (the Guard’s voluntary force) are fully prepared to deal with any attack,” said Safavi, a former Guards commander.
He conveyed another message to the Americans regarding Tehran’s plans to defend itself, saying that “the responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf has been turned over to the Revolutionary Guards’ navy.”
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This move indicates that the Iranians are radicalizing their stance in the Persian Gulf, considered a first-class strategic region.
The Revolutionary Guards is a military organization founded following the 1979 Muslim revolution in Iran and it is loyal to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The organization is comprised of some 200,000 soldiers in the navy, air and ground forces, and its main duty is to defend the Islamic regime and infiltrate the revolution values. It operates alongside the regular army.
‘Americans have changed Gulf procedures’
The organization has a lot of influence beyond the military arena as well, including in the political and economic fields. Many of Iran’s leaders have served as officers in the Revolutionary Guards, including President Ahmadinejad and former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, who even headed the organization in the 1980s.
A number of incidents recently occurred in Persian Gulf waters between US navy ships and the Guards’ naval forces.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 11:07 am