The Iranian leadership, concerned about the situation in Syria, exacerbated their threats by conducting missile war games, and for the first time they used missile silos which they claim satellites can’t detect. The head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, in an interview with the Iranian Fars News Agency, stated: “The Americans have reduced our labors.” He further elaborating that all U.S. military bases in the region and the Zionist regime (referring to Israel) are fully within range of the Iranian missiles. The deputy commander of the Guards, Hossein Salami, also stated : “We still have our fingers on the trigger, but the number of the triggers has increased.” The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, also boasted about Iran’s military capability, saying that the fact that Iran’s show of strength rattles the West “is a source of delight for us.”
The Iranian leadership perceives America’s involvement on three fronts — Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya — as a limitation, and they have become emboldened. They see themselves as a powerhouse in the region, pushing to diminish U.S. supremacy in the Middle East.
The Iranian missile war games are intended to send a strong signal to both the U.S. and Israel that they should not be thinking of attacking the Iranian nuclear facilities, and that they should leave its allies, such as Syria and Hezbollah, alone.
With Iran pursuing its nuclear bomb project in confrontation with the West (despite four sets of UN sanctions), with Syria continuing to brutally suppress the Syrians in their uprising, with the international community’s pressure on the Assad government, and with an imminent indictment in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri implicating Hezbollah, it appears the Middle East is a tinderbox ready to explode.
On June 30, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Iran is furnishing new, more deadly weapons to Shiite Muslim militias targeting U.S. troops in Iraq, and that about 40 percent of the deaths of American soldiers since the official end of U.S. combat operations almost 10 months ago have occurred in the past few weeks as a result of the attacks.
One day earlier, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons that Iran had conducted secret nuclear missile tests.
It seems the Iranians are getting ready for a confrontation. Are we?