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Iranian Official: ‘We Will Use Our Missiles To Protect Other Muslim States’

Such a warning has never come from the regime before.

by
'Reza Kahlili'

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June 14, 2011 - 12:00 am

Last Thursday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani — while at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Indonesia — stated that Iran will use its missiles to defend other Muslim nations if threatened.

This is the first time that a high-ranking Iranian official has issued such a warning. In effect, Iran is expanding its defense strategy from protecting their own sovereignty to a “defensive umbrella” over other Islamic nations.

Larijani based his argument on what he called “the school of the late Ayatollah Khomeini,” the founder of the Islamic Republic: Muslims should possess enough defensive strength to use against other countries should one of those countries attack. Larijani further stated:

We do not hide our defensive advancement and (we) have designed advanced missile systems. … Israel and the U.S. should know that if they want to act violently toward Muslims, we will stand in their way.

Commenting on the popular uprisings in Middle Eastern and North African nations, Larijani said the people of these countries can no longer tolerate their dictatorial governments, which are subservient to the West:

The United States and other Western countries cannot manipulate these uprisings … the more they pressure these regional nations, the more determined their people will become.

I revealed recently that the Revolutionary Guards have now expanded the reach of their missiles to 2000 miles, which covers the capitals in Western Europe. These missiles are capable of carrying a nuclear payload. Also, through a secret pact with Venezuela which was signed by Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 19 in Tehran, the Guards are constructing a missile installation to be built inside Venezuela with missiles able to reach U.S. shores. The Guards are also actively arming Hezbollah, which now has over 40,000 rockets, and Hamas with over 10,000 rockets.

The Guards have stockpiled more than 1,000 ballistic missiles while constantly introducing more advanced models: the recently announced Qiyam 1 missile is difficult for air defense systems to detect. The Guards have also stockpiled hundreds of anti-ship missiles capable of disrupting the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Most alarming is the Guards’ intent to arm their missiles with nuclear payloads, which they expect to accomplish within the next nine months.

This is occurring while the Iranians have expanded their naval presence by sending several submarines into the Red Sea to accompany its Navy’s 14th fleet there. The Iranian Navy has also widened its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

The recent statements by the Iranian officials — such as Iran’s supreme leader’s claim that “the U.S. has been brought to its knees by the Islamic Revolution,” or Ahmadinejad’s claim that “Iran’s nuclear train has no brakes and no reverse gear” — are a continuation of their aggressive foreign policy. They have claimed victory for their nuclear program as the international community has been unable to stop it. They assert that the sanctions are not working as designed because many countries continue to trade with Iran. They also believe that the West lacks the courage to confront them.

Most importantly: Iran’s leaders believe that the time for a worldwide Islamic state is at hand.

Will the West take this threat seriously, or will we allow the jihadists to expand their power? Delusional leaders bring nothing but destruction and pain to the world; it is certain that the Iranian leaders are delusional. They believe the Islamic prophecies, the Hadith, say they can bring about the Islamic conquest of the world by destroying Israel and America. They intend to try.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
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