Iran Press Review 7 May

Special Edition - Military & Security

  • The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad-Ali Aziz Jafari, makes a major speech weighing in on Iran’s security situation, foreign policy, the regional context, and enmity with the United States in an address during the final session of a commemoration ceremony for martyrs from the province of Semnan:
    • “Resistance and steadfastness and perseverance of our people and soldiers during the Holy Defense (Iran-Iraq War) became a source for the spread of the Islamic Revolution and the development of the Islamic Awakening (Arab Spring) in the world.”
    • “Today we witness that day by day Islamic Iran’s strength is grown, and the very great achievements that the blood of the martyrs has attained for us and for Islam, must be paid attention to.”
    • “The dignity and strength of Islamic Iran has today cause the greatest material and armed powers of the world to kneel before the strength of the Islamic system.”
    • On nuclear talks: “…But if we go deep and look carefully at affairs, we will comprehend that the Westerners today are submissive to the strength of the Islamic system and have sought after the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran and our Revolution.”
    • “The fear of the enemy today is of the spread of the Islamic Awakening in the region and they know that the Islamic Republic of Iran without directly taking action in Yemen, has influence and hence the people of Yemen rise-up themselves and continue the same path of the Islamic Revolution and [the] martyrs and the great nation of Iran and use it as an role-model.”
    • “Hezbollah of Lebanon today has attained numerous advances which are commendable based on the lessons it learned of the Islamic Revolution and its role modeling of the Islamic Revolution.”
    • “Today Muslim people[s] of the world stand against the dominating system and resist against the agents of America and the Zionist regime and they will be victorious, and we witness that they will attain all their goals.”
    • “[The] region’s events [serve as] great achievements all of which have appeared by the blessings of divine victories and promises of the almighty God, and we must continue to traverse the divine path and that Quranic path of the Islamic Revolution with struggle and effort.”
    • “The security which governed the country today and in the severely crisis-ridden region of ours is unique…and our neighboring countries are not in a state of peace that Islamic Iran is considered an island of stability and peace in the region.”
    • “Westerners have made all these instabilities to make Islamic Iran unsafe, and we must know that security is the primary need of any society, and it is possible to know security as more fundamental than water and bread and food.”
    • “Today the enemy does not dare to look sinisterly at Iran’s borders and the sanctum of the Islamic Republic, and this is by the blessing of the blood of the martyrs.”
    • “In one past-decade we witnessed various events, such at the 11th of September, by whose excuse the Americans attacked Iraq and Afghanistan so that in the end they could scare Islamic Iran and attack us, or perhaps they could change the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But the result of all these actions was that at the apex of the threats of the enemy and their military presence in the region, the people of Iran conducted great revolutionary movements in domestic and foreign issues.”
    • “The people of Iran have always supported the innocent and oppressed nations of Lebanon and Gaza, and the enemy could not do a damn thing in confronting the growth Islam and in the end evacuated from Iraq and in Afghanistan they are in a state of evacuating that country.”
    • “Westerners strove to deploy a regime in Iraq that was in line with them and against Iran, but they could not reach their goals and today in Iraq there is a majority-Shiite government in office, but however Sunni have a role in it [as well].”
    • “The Americans spent so much so that in Iraq they would reach their goals, but they attained the opposite result, and any action that the enemies of the Revolution and America and the treacherous and usurping Israel have undertaken in any Arab country, has shown an opposite result.”
    • “In Syria, they mobilized and armed the opponents [of Assad] to topple the governing system in Syria which along the path of the Revolution and the front line of the Islamic Resistance, however the result was the one hundred thousand armed popular forces who are supporters of the (Iranian) Revolution were formed and organized and are in a state of combat with the enemy.”
    • “More important than that are the hearts of the Syrian people, which have become one with the Islamic system (Iran) and today they advance our goals.”
    • “The enemies of Islam establish the group DAESH (the Persian and Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) and they mobilized the terrorists so that they could stand against the Islamic system, but yet again we witnessed that the American army was dealt a notorious defeat in Iraq and in the end they turned and fled.”
    • “They could not let go of their grudge towards Islam and the Islamic Revolution and therefore, they created DAESH so that they could stand against the Revolution and Islam, but again in Iraq we witnessed that the threats of DAESH yielded the arming of one hundred thousand revolutionary youth and the faithful in various popular units that fought, and [they] brought about a great investment for the defense of Islam and Islamic governance and the Revolution in the region.”
    • “The several year-old conspiracy of the enemies to remove the relations between the Arabs and Iran has not reached anywhere, and this very DAESH, which at face value was a threat to the Islamic Revolution, has caused good and today the enemies of the Revolution have their movements, ruses and their deceptions will be nullified with divine victory.”
    • “The result of DAESH’s action was that the hearts of the people of Iraq and the people of Iran and the Islamic Revolution became one and the unity and empathy occurred more than before between Iran and the other countries, and this is the work God.”
    • “In no era or condition did Iran have such greatness and pride, and we must know that power is not only the material and power of armaments, and this has been proven to the world that in facing the faith and strength of the people, material strength will not provide an answer.”
    • “In the 33 day war (2006 Hezbollah war), Lebanese Hezbollah was able to initially free southern Lebanon and in a matter of days and destroy the Israeli army that was armed to the teeth by adhering to the Islamic Revolution and the Leadership (a reference to Supreme Leader Khamenei.”
    • “Afterwards, in the 22 day, 8 day and…wars, Hezbollah reached victory, and all of this was due to [its] adherence to the Islamic Revolution whose result has become the defeat of enemies.”
    • On Egypt: “Only in one country, meaning Egypt, did people not adhere to the model of the Islamic Revolution and in the end their revolution ended in failure...”
    • "In our slogans we have said numerous times that the Islamic Revolution must end in the appearance of the Master Hidden Imam, and this hope, is the faith and belief of our hearts, but if we want the Hidden Imam to appear, we must strive and prepare the foreground for his appearance.”
    • “All the events that have appeared today in the path of the spread of Islam, is counted as preparing the foreground for [his] appearance, and the enemies are aware of this affair, and this very empathy and unity of the Muslims of the region has caused the enemies to feel fear…”
    • “The military option which Westerners often speak about is nothing more than a mockery and they know that if the military option against the Islamic Republic would provide results, they would have used it numerous times, however today they have focused on other threats and the front of the soft-war.”
    • “The hope of all oppressed and dispossessed people of the world was in the Islamic Revolution, and in this state, persons who weaken the Islamic system have committed an unforgivable sin.”
    • “There are deficiencies inside the country, and nobody can say that with all this enmity and political, economic, and cultural encirclement and sanctions which have been applied against Iran, that we do not have economic problems.”
    • “Against all these problems, patience, resistance, and the steadfastness of the people of Iran has brought about great achievements for Islam and the Revolution…”