Political opportunism is alive and kicking in the Islamic Republic as Tehran attempts to blunt talks of Israeli strikes by touting an excuse for it to strike at Washington.
A senior military commander warned that the United States will “pay the price” for the inadvertent burning of Qurans that had been defaced by Afghan detainees.
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency leads with the threats this morning.
“People of Afghanistan and other Muslim people will confront and retaliate against the Quran burning by the American occupiers and the US will pay the price for insulting the divine book of Quran,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said today.
He called the incident a “milestone” for inciting Islamic revenge against the U.S.
Last month, the commander of the Basij forces said that Muslims don’t accept President Obama’s apologies.
“Nothing but burning the White House can relieve the wound of us, the Muslims, caused by the Burning of Quran in the US,” Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said. “Their apology can be accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders means an apology.”