Introduction — Feb 13, 2014
Despite the November interim agreement with world powers and Rouhani’s diplomatic overtures, the ongoing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program could still escalate into open military conflict. This can be surmised from the Zionists and Washington hard-liners repeatedly implying that a military solution was still an “option” to resolve the dispute.
Now Tehran’s military commanders have responded in kind. Earlier on Wednesday Iran’s armed forces chief of staff warned that Iran’s armed forces were ready for a “decisive clash” should diplomacy fail.
Speaking to Fars News, General Firouzabadi emphasised that although Iran wouldn’t initiate conflict with nearby states he warned that “if we are ever attacked from the American bases in the region we will strike that area back.”
His warning followed threats by Secretary of State Kerry last month that the U.S. was “ready and prepared” to use military force to resolve the dispute if talks over Iran’s nuclear program failed.
General Firouzabadi’s warning was echoed later on Wednesday by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Ali Shadmani, interviewed below, who told Fars News that there were “other ways” for Iran to confront its foes if negotiations were unsuccessful.
While both men’s comments indicate a hardening of attitude among elements in Tehran they also imply something else.
Iran has spent the past few decades steadily building up its defence industry. Since the 1990-1991 Gulf War and with added intensity after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Tehran has watched the West wield its military power and learned.
Consequently Iran now fields a range of weapons that in many cases are as sophisticated and as deadly as anything in the West’s arsenal. Sure some of these are based on older U.S. weapons that have been back-engineered, upgraded and enhanced; such as its Saeqeh fighter.
But increasingly Iran is unveiling even more sophisticated military technologies that appear to be largely indigenously developed: long-range radar systems, missile guidance systems, phased array radar systems, passive radar systems and an updated version of the old Russian S-200 anti-aircraft missile that has been so extensively upgraded that it bears no resemblance to its forbearer. So much so that the renamed Sayyad-2, reportedly “stunned” a visiting delegation from the original Russian manufacturers.
In other words Iran is rapidly developing its military technology to the point where it would be dangerous to dismiss it as another Iraq. It is not. It fought a long and bloody war with Iraq and won. Since then it has spent the past few decades steadily building up its military technology.
Sure it is not equal to the West in all fields, such as air superiority fighters, but it is getting there and in many respects it is already on par with the best in the Western military technology.
This we believe accounts for the air of defiance in General Firouzabadi’s and Brigadier General Ali Shadmani’s comments. It reflects their confidence in Iran’s indigenously developed military hardware. They know that much of it is now on par with the West’s. They also know that the Western military is aware of this, even if the corporate media hasn’t acknowledged it.
However, they also know that the West’s real leaders haven’t dispensed with the idea of regime change in Tehran. Hence their tone of defiance. In other words the possibility of military conflict with Iran has not gone away and nor has the prospect of a massive false flag to initiate that conflict.
Finally, the corporate Western media is playing down Iran’s advances in the field of military technology. Just as it once played up the threat posed by Iraq. Remember the “Supergun“ that Saddam was having built? The media made much of it at the time and along with Saddam’s fabled Weapons of Mass Destruction it helped pave the way for the 1990-1991 Gulf War and subsequent conflicts. With media coverage playing a key role in mentally conditioning the public for them.
In contrast the corporate Western media is now playing down Iran’s advances in military technology. Many of these advances have been in fields that are entirely defensive: radar systems, air defence systems, communications etc. Technology that is for DEFENCE and would take its toll on attackers.
Is this why the media is playing down Iran’s advances in defence technology? Are they subtly minimising the risks it would present to attackers in order to make the prospect of a strike on Iran seem less daunting?
IRGC Commander: Iran to Opt for Other Ways If Diplomacy Fails
Fars News Agency — Feb 12, 2014
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warned that Iran will resort to other ways and means to end its standoff with the western powers if current diplomatic efforts fail to yield results, implying that failure of the negotiations between Iran and the world powers would lead to an imminent war.
“If diplomatic talks fail to succeed, there will be other ways for confronting the enemies, and we will fight them again to the last drop of our blood,” IRGC Lieutenant Commander for Operations Brigadier General Ali Shadmani said in the Western city of Hamedan on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, he warned of enemies’ soft war against Iran, and said, “Today a massive cultural onslaught has been launched against our country and we should rise to confront the enemies.”
His remarks came as Washington officials have been making increasing provocative remarks against Iran in recent days. US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview in Geneva in January that the military option was still on the table if Iran did not live up to its nuclear commitments under the Geneva deal.
In response, a large number of Iranian officials have warned of the dire repercussions of such remarks by Washington officials. Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned that the slightest military move by the US will be reciprocated by Iran’s harshest response, underlining that Iran’s reaction would “recognize no boundary”.
On November 24, Iran and the world powers, including the US, sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.
After Iran and the world powers struck a deal in November, the US Treasury Department imposed fresh sanctions against companies and individuals for their business links with Iran.
The US Treasury Department said on Thursday that the targeted entities operated in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Afghanistan, Iran, Liechtenstein and the United Arab Emirates.