by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
Killing Americans is considered scoring political points.
One of the few countries in the world in which you can score political points for killing and injuring Americans is the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is also one of the few places in the world in which you are fully allowed to brag about murdering Americans and you can list it as a significant accomplishment on your resume.
While the White House continues to tell us that we need to trust the Iranian regime, Iran’s high-level officials are boasting about killing Americans.
This week, the deputy commander in chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC), Hossein Salami, claimed that “In 1983, the flames of Islamic revolution flared among Lebanese youth for the first time, and in a courageous act, a young Muslim buried 260 United States Marines under the rebels east of Mediterranean Sea.”
This was the single deadliest terrorist attack on American citizens overseas. The Iranian General characterizes the killer as a hero and those Americans who were killed as devils who deserved to go to hell. The IRGC commander’s words are critical encouragement for hundreds of thousands of ideological loyalist to commit the same terrorist attacks.
The IRGC military general is not the first military leader to boast about terrorists’ attacks that have killed Americans. Former Minister of the IRGC Mohsen Rafighdoost was quoted by the state-run daily, Resalat, saying that "The United States knows the explosives that mixed with ideology and sent up to 400 officers and Marines in the United States Marine Barracks to hell; both the TNT and the ideology behind it came from Iran.”
Iran acknowledges that it is behind such terrorist attacks against Americans and it brags about it. The IRGC commander also bragged about Iran expanding military empire across the world. He stated "today reaches to the North of the Red Sea in the Bab-el-Mandeb, is present in Yemen, and geographically extends to North Africa." He added that Iran’s military presence “in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen… is to keep the danger away from our land.”
The deputy general of IRGC is the same individual who promoted annihilating Israel a few months ago. He boasted,
Today, more than ever, there is fertile ground — with the grace of God — for the annihilation, the wiping out and the collapse of the Zionist regime…In Lebanon alone, over 100,000 missiles are ready to be launched. If there is a will, if it serves [our] interests, and if the Zionist regime repeats its past mistakes due to its miscalculations, these missiles will pierce through space, and will strike at the heart of the Zionist regime. They will prepare the ground for its great collapse in the new era…tens of thousands of other high-precision, long-range missiles, with the necessary destructive capabilities, have been placed in various places throughout the Islamic world….They are just waiting for the command, so that when the trigger is pulled, the accursed black dot will be wiped off the geopolitical map of the world, once and for all.The US appeasement policies towards Iran has emboldened Iran’s military to the extent that yesterday an Iranian general threatened the United States that if Washington does not fulfill its commitments, "the centrifuges will be active again, but this will not be a return to the position we were in when we ceased our nuclear activities. We will advance and again the nuclear cycle will revive completely in this country."
He went on to malign the United States and argue that any damage to the US is a bonus to the Islamic Republic. He stated, “The Islamic revolution… benefits from developments that the United States pays for….The United States has offered big achievements to the Islamic Republic through its conquests in Afghanistan and Iraq and paying heavy prices for them.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks buttressed those of the general, stating “the young generation is losing its confidence about the future and the revolution and is distancing itself from the path of the Imam (i.e. Khomeini).” He continued, “Compromising with the United States in no way solves the problems of the country. None of the economic problems, political problems, security problems, and moral problems will be solved. They will be exacerbated. There are a dozen reasons for this. More than a dozen reasons can be raised to this effect. The nuclear agreement is the last case.”
Should we continue with appeasement policies towards a country that its leaders publicly boast about murdering and bombing Americans?
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
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