Iranian Army Chief of Staff Reveals in Interview Preparations for Military Confrontation With U.S.
The Middle East Media Research Institute:
The following are excerpts from an interview with Iranian Army Chief of Joint Staff General Abdorrahim Musavi, which aired on Iranian Channel 2 on April 17, 2006.
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It is followed by transcripts of two Iranian music videos about Iran's nuclear program and uranium-enriching capabilities, which aired on the Iranian news channel on April 12, 2006, and April 11, 2006, respectively.
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"We Make Our Submarines Ourselves... [to] Serve Us in Battle With America"
General Abdorrahim Musavi: "We make our submarines ourselves, and we make them in a way that will serve us in battle with the enemy... with America. In other words, these vessels are not the kind about which the other side gets information even before us. We work on equipment that is locally made, and which is compatible with our own tactics and training."
"This includes various submarines, assault boats, and unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], which we can use in naval battles. We manufacture missiles, torpedoes, mines, naval canons, and sonar. We also make ROVs - remotely operated vessels, which are manufactured by the navy for special purposes."
"Knowing that our number one enemy is the criminal America, we focused on it. We identified its strengths and weaknesses, and prepared the equipment, structures, and tactics necessary to deal with it.
"We studied all the details of America's war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our military planning teams simulated American capabilities, based on America's activities in Iraq and in Afghanistan. In this simulation, they predicted the kind of attack the U.S. would employ, if an attack indeed takes place. On the basis of these simulations we developed scenarios, and prepared ourselves for dealing with each one."
"This is why we do not compare ourselves to the countries in the region. We compare our force to that of America, because it is from America's force that we want to protect ourselves. We want to put America in its place."
"We realized that America's military power is greatly overestimated, based on statistics and accurate figures. Our conclusion was that 70, 80 percent... 60 to 70 percent of it is psychological warfare. U.S. military power is only 20 or 30 percent of what is portrayed."
"During the war with Iraq, we felt sorry for our enemies. General Dadras remembers this. I am an artillery officer. When we wanted to carry out effective firing, we would not even look sometimes. You saw how we treated the Iraqi POWs. We viewed them as relatives and treated them as such. But we will not treat the Americans this way."
Iranian Video Clip Celebrates Iran's Nuclear Project
The following are excerpts from an Iranian video clip about Iran's nuclear project, which aired on the Iranian news channel on April 12, 2006.
Singing: "Our beloved homeland
"Proud, green, and steadfast
"From the attack of wickedness the grace of God protects you.
"A homeland of epics
"The land of love and strength
"Your glorified name brings hope and pride.
"Oh homeland, your honor in the world is eternal
"Every inch of your soil is the arena of heroes
"Science and initiative are the fruit of young men's work
"They are the greatest gift now and forever.
"Nuclear energy is the symbol of our strength
"Iran, Iran, you must remain forever
"Iran, Iran, you must remain strong
"Iran, Iran, you must remain forever
"Iran, Iran, you must remain strong."
Iranian Leaders Watch Dance Celebrating Iran's Uranium Enrichment Capabilities
The following are excerpts from a dance celebrating Iran's uranium enrichment capabilities, aired on the Iranian news channel on April 11, 2006.
Young men: "Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar."
Speaker: "God is great. It has been proven that God is the great supporter of the Iranian people."
Young Men: "Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar."
Speaker: "Dear viewers, guests, and listeners, this is the cry of Allah Akbar by the zealous young men of the Iranian people. These young people here represent various ethnic groups of the Iranian people."
Young men: "Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar".
Speaker: "On the cold nights, when we were feverishly striving for the triumph of the Islamic revolution, we used to say Allah Akbar. In the days of the war of defense we shouted Allah Akbar. In all moments of collective steadfastness we shouted Allah Akbar. Now we repeat the same eternal slogan: Allah Akbar. Is this not your slogan? Don't you say Allah Akbar?"
Young men and crowd: "Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar."
Speaker: "I'd like to invite the deputy supervisor of the Imam Reza Shrine, my honorable brother, Mr. Alavi, who proudly wears the uniform of the Imam Reza Shrine. I would like to call him to the stage. He will be presented with a container with the first nuclear product of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"Mr. Alavi, if you please. Please honor this occasion by reciting prayers to the Prophet and his family.
"With the permission of the supervisor of the Imam Reza Shrine... Deputy Supervisor of the Imam Reza Shrine, Mr. Alavi, will now come to the stage and receive a container with UF6, produced in the nuclear facilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Oh honorable people, and all who witness this occasion, remember that we have no mystery besides Allah Akbar, and we have no secret besides the greatness of God and this conviction. Mr. Alavi, if you please. Honor this occasion by saying Allah Akbar."
Crowd: "Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar."