Greater Tehran as Focal Point
IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali “Aziz” Jafari said today in Tehran that the Islamic Revolution is in “a very critical and decisive situation.” Gen. Jafari attributed the situation to “rapid spread” of the Islamic revolution throughout the world, with “Greater Tehran as its focal point.” Jafari emphasized the need for forces loyal to the revolution to engage its enemies “not just on the battlefields,” but also in “soft domains” which are “the biggest threats.”
“Today, the situation of the Islamic revolution is of a very critical and decisive situation, because the Islamic revolution is rapidly spreading throughout the world, with Greater Tehran as its focal point, and it needs revolutionary, capable and religious forces who are knowledgeable of the current situation in the world,” Gen. Jafari said.
“We should not think that the presence of (our revolutionary forces) in defense of (our) revolution would be limited to the battlefield. Today, the biggest threats against the revolution come from “soft domains,” Jafari added. (Fars News Agency, 3 August)
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'Ron Paul: US obsessed with ‘act of war’ on Iran'
Fri Aug 3, 2012 10:21AM
Texas Congressman Ron Paul says the US is “obsessed with” keeping Iran under illegal sanctions, while pushing for furthering the embargoes in, what he calls, an "act of war" against the Islamic Republic.
Addressing Congress on Wednesday, Paul accused Washington of “marching into a determination to have another war.”
“When you put on sanctions on a country, it’s an act of war and that’s what this is all about,” he said.
“I think this bill would be better named Obsession with Iran Act 2012,” Paul said, referring to a bill, which has been approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate, targeting Iran's energy sector.
In a statement, released by the White House, US President Barack Obama has said the existing illegal sanctions on Iran's oil industry has been expanded "by making sanctionable the purchase or acquisition of Iranian petrochemical products.” He said that the US sanctions will apply to any financial institution that allows Iran to access the international financial system.
However, Paul said, “What we continue to be doing is obsess with Iran and the idea that Iran is a threat to our national security.”
He asserted, “The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and our CIA said they are not on the verge of a nuclear weapon. It is so similar to what we went through in the early part of this last decade, when we were beating the war drums to go to war against Iraq. And it was all a façade. There was no danger from Iraq.”
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Comparisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the history of the People's Republic of China definitely have their limitations, but I have to say that in some (certainly not all) respects, Jafari reminds me of Marshal Lin Bao.
Of course, the IRI appears much more politically moderate and stable compared to that point in China's recent history.
I like the comparison. But of course we know what happened to Lin Biao. After his death in a plane crash, he was officially condemned as a traitor by the Communist Party, blamed for excesses in Cultural Revolution, and branded counter-revolutionary. The morale of the story is that Gen. Jafari should avoid the pitfall of a military commander so involved in politics of the day.
Nader---perhaps you're worried too much about mat's practice of using other people's words..... any examination would lead a fair person to conclude that mat has no real words of his own and is only failing to attribute his sources because he's ashamed of them.
Jafari is delusional if he thinks the "Arab Spring" is some either caused by or beneficial to Iran. Just look at Morsi's snub last week. These are Arabs, and they hate you, and these are Sunnis, and they hate you. Yet these morons refuse to understand this. They live in an ideological bubble. Exactly like American Neo-cons.
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