Sunday, July 24, 2005

"Let America and Israel Know,
Each of Our Suicide Volunteers
Equals a Nuclear Bomb”

Iran has all but officially declared war on the United States. From

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 22 – A military garrison has been opened in Iran to recruit and train volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations”, according to the garrison’s commander, Mohammad-Reza Jaafari.

Jaafari, a senior officer in the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), told a hard-line weekly close to Iran’s ultra-conservative President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the new “Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison” (Gharargahe Asheghane Shahadat, in Persian) would recruit individuals willing to carry out suicide operations against Western targets.

The full text of the original interview in Persian can be seen on the weekly’s website at .

“The Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison has been activated and we will form a Martyrdom-seeking Division for each province in the country, organised in brigades, battalions and companies to defend Islam”, Jaafari told the weekly Parto-Sokhan.

Jaafari was quoted by the weekly as saying that the organisation of "martyrdom-seeking popular forces" was being implemented on the basis of instructions from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the earlier interview, the garrison commander spoke in glowing terms of the newly-elected president.

The commander said that “in Tehran alone, there will be four martyrdom-seeking divisions”, adding that “we are currently in the process of recruitment and organisation and soon volunteers will receive training in accordance to their assigned missions”.

The weekly’s interview with Jaafari appeared under the title, “Commander of Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison:

Let America and Israel know, each of our suicide volunteers equals a nuclear bomb”.

“The Imam [Khomeini] said years ago that Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth, but so far practical steps have not been taken to achieve this”, the garrison commander said. “Our garrison must spot, recruit, organise and train martyrdom-seeking persons to be able to materialise this objective. Any delay in fulfilling the strategy of the Imam and the Supreme Leader in this regard will not be to the advantage of Islam or the revolution”.

“The United States should know that we have nuclear weapons, but they are in the hearts of our suicide bombers”, Jaafari added.

Jaafari is a senior commander who has met with Khamenei on several occasions, according to the interview. He was chairman of the First Conference in Honour of Unknown Martyrs in Tehran earlier this month. The event was widely reported by Iran’s state-run media, which cited Jaafari’s remarks.

If we are to win the War on Terror, we must attack Iran and bomb them until we are sure their nuclear capability is destroyed. I have been a supporter of the Bush Administration up until now, but I am beginning to doubt their focus. I think we can prevail in Iraq, but victory in Iraq will not ensure us peace.

Iraq was definitely a threat, but the biggest threats to our country specifically, and stability in general are Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Are we going to do anything about them?

I have been working under the impression that the strategy behind the War on Terror was to first overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan, and then the Hussein regime in Iraq, as a way of setting up bases in the Middle East surrounding Iran, and threatening Syria. I have been under the impression that we hoped that these bases would pressure Syria and Iran into giving in to the Democratizing forces within their own countries.

In the case of Syria, the Assad regime did feel threatened enough to remove their forces from Lebanon. However, presumably, they still hold much of their power through the connections within Hizbollah. And when it comes to what happens within the borders of Syria, all our work has pretty much come to naught, as far as I can tell. Syria is still known to be a launching ground for terrorist attacks within Iraq.

Now, to Iran. A month ago we learned what we should have known from the start; that the reform candidate in the Iranian elections stood no chance of winning. Although he was carrying the polls just days prior to the ballots being case, he was roundly defeated when the Mullah form of "Democracy" was applied.

Now, we have the new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardliner, Sharia-promoting, America-hating fascist, right from the Khomeini school.

So, what have we accomplished? Not a lot. I'm sure many Lebanese Christians, and Afghani, or Iraqi women would say we have accomplished a lot. But, let's be honest, this war is not all about spreading Freedom. It is also about protecting the United States, and the interests of Western Civilization in general. So, as things are, what will we have accomplished if we eliminated Iraq, only to have Iranian nukes trained on us?

And what, if anything, does the Bush Administration plan to do anything about the problem?

UPDATE: After opening my big mouth, and speaking my doubts about Bush Administration policy on Iran, I figure I'd better add this, from Publius Pundit:

Earlier in the week I wrote about martial law being declared in Mahabad, a city in the north-western Kurdish area of Iran. According to Kurdish Media, protestors are defying the crackdown. And now, the protests are spreading throughout Kurdish cities in Iran.

Since the killing of Shuana Kardi, a Kurdish activist, on Saturday July the 13th by the Pastaram in the city of Mahabad, Iranian Kurdistan, the people of this city have come every day to the streets in order to protest against the Iranian state’s oppressive policy towards the Kurds.

They expressed their demands for democracy, their national and cultural rights but the suppressive forces of the regime have attacked these demonstrations and about 100 people have been killed, arrested or crippled.

The city is surrounded by the military forces of the Islamic regime and people currently have no possibility to continue their normal life, but it should be mentioned that at the same time the people have reacted to this suppression in different ways and chanted slogans in which they demanded democracy, human rights and other democratic rights.

Iranian officials have answered to these demands and demonstrations with nothing but yet more oppression, killings and arrests.

Continuation of the above mentioned demonstrations in Mahabad has resulted in the spread of the demonstrations to other cities in Iranian Kurdistan. During the last few days, people in the cities of Piranshar, Sardajd, Mariwan, Rabat, Bokan, Narada, Ushnauia, Urumia, Salmaz, as well as Sanandaj and Kirmanshah through different means have demonstrated and shown their support to the people of Mahabad and their just demands.

According to different Kurdish sources these demonstrations are becoming ever bigger. The Islamic forces use gas, guns and other illegal methods to suppress those demonstrations and the Kurdish people. The regime has now enforced a kind of military order all over Iranian Kurdistan.

According to different sources hundreds of people in other cities have also been arrested and wounded, and those who have been wounded cannot be transported to hospitals because they are afraid and are in a difficult situation.

So, maybe the people of Iran are being emboldened by our presence. However, their protests, and sacrifice could come to nothing if we don't help out with more than rhetoric.

As Ledeen say, "Faster please."