There is something quite odd about Iran's stance, as it relates to the threat that it faces from Israel, the United States and other NATO
powers...something quite puzzling.
There is nothing conciliatory about their rhetoric, at all. They are not only defiant against (nearly) the entire international community as it
relates to their nuclear technology development - but increasingly they are making overt threats of major retaliation, of one sort or another, against
those who might attack their disputed nuclear facilities.
...a speech given by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday, “The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous
tumor,” he declared in remarks at Tehran University. “The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the
He went on to say that a “new” Middle East, free of US and “Zionist” influence, would then be formed
So, Iranian plans are to find a way to end Isreal's existence as a "Zionist" entity.
And then this...
“If they make a mistake, our nation's reaction will lead to the end of the Zionist regime,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying.
That seems pretty clear...and their buddies in Hezbollah seem to be in lock step.
Nasrallah also predicted that an Israeli strike on Iran would bring an “enormous response” from the Islamic Republic, giving it
“the opportunity it has been dreaming of” since 1979.
Well...so apparently (according to this guy anyway), Iran has been itching to militarily destroy Israel since 1979 - but up until now they have not
succeeded in goading Israel into attacking them...which would be their justification for ending the "Zionist Regime".
Not content with this, recently they have also said...
...Gen. Ami Ali Hajizadeh of the Revolutionary Guards (was quoted) as saying U.S. bases are in range of Iran's missiles and could be hit in
retaliatory strikes...."Measures have been taken so that we could destroy all these bases in the early minutes of an attack," said
Hajizadeh, chief of the Guards' air-space division.
Of course, I could add many other quotes coming out of Iran in recent weeks, but the above should be enough to make the point.
Now, my point here is not whether or not Iran would have the right to defend herself, and to retaliate if they are attacked by Israel and/or America
(and maybe more countries). Of course they do...as any nation does.
What i find strange is the level of the rhetoric, which seems to suggest that they actually think they can (if they decide to) destroy Israel...and
that they could destroy (or seriously damage) U.S. military assets in the Middle East - without this resulting in the wholesale destruction of their
own country (or at least the end of their Islamic Republic form of government).
1) Why do they seem to think that, if they rain powerful (but still conventional) missiles down on Israeli cities, killing thousands of civilians in
the process...and in the process bring the "Zionist Regime" to the brink of collapse - that the Israelis would not simply end the threat, by ending
While Iran is "suspected" of trying to develop nuclear weapons...everyone knows that Israel has them - and the delivery systems needed to deliver
them to Tehran. If it comes down to a question of allowing Iran to destroy them, or them destroying Iran...can there be any question what the Israeli
decision would be?
2) Why do they seem to think that they could get away with destroying American military bases, or sinking U.S. warships, in some kind of retaliatory
Surely they understand that were they to take such action...they are not exactly in America's good books already...America would simply thereafter
muster the forces necessary to pick their entire military apparatus apart (as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan). After those attacks began, it would
only be a matter of weeks before the current government in Iran would lose all of their ability to exert power internationally (and for the most part
So...I have to ask:
a) Do they have a major Ace up their sleeve that we do not know about or understand (weapons of some kind, or reliable pacts with powerful
allies...like, say, Russia)?
b) Are they just trying to "puff up" (like Saddam did with his "Mother of all Battles" rhetoric), in hopes of scaring off their antagonists...all
the while knowing they do not hold a winning hand?
c) Are they so zealous in their religious convictions, that they actually do want to trigger "Armageddon"?
d) Or something else...
What say you, ATS?