Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Iran’s Defense Minister: Wise Enemies May not Stand against Iran

Mehran Riazaty: Iran Analyst
Today, Fars News Agency reported that Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Najjar said their enemies' reaction to Iran's acquisition of the nuclear enrichment cycle does not matter much to the Iranians. He advised western states to accept the reality, "since Iran will continue the path it has started and, as frequently stated, the Iranian nation considers full acquisition of the nuclear technology as its inalienable right." The Minister stressed that President Ahmadinejad has taken decisive steps on nuclear grounds, adding, "If the enemies are wise enough, they may never stand against the Iranian nation." READ MORE

On April 9- Fars News Agency reported that the Commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, Seyyed Hasan Firouz-Abadi, said that the country's extensive naval war games gave the message to the West that "we are enjoying such high military capabilities that any aggression to this country is a foolish act." He went on to say that the US administration used to talk about the adoption of military measures against Iran, "But after the recent naval maneuvers, they changed their approach towards Iran and said that military option is no more an agenda."

Analyst Comment: The Iranian authorities are using the word “enemies” which mostly refers to the United States in their daily language. On April 10, Ahmadinejad said that "Our enemies suddenly opened their eyes and noticed that we had achieved those high peaks of sciences and technology.” By reading any newspaper or web site that run by Iran’s government one will realize the enormous hostilities of the Iranian authorities towards the United States. On Feb 17, 06- Aftab news site reported that the chief of Iran’s National Security & Strategic research center, Hassan Abbasi, said that “We never dissected the Ayatollah Khomeini’s statement when he called the United States Great Satan.” Abbasi states that “America means enemy, and enemy means Satan.”

Mehran Riazaty: a former Iran analyst for the Central Command of the Coalition Forces in Baghdad.
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