Military maneuvers

Two devastating news from Iran


Military maneuvers
by Rendd

Earlier this month I saw two news articles coimg from Iranian military personnel that made the headlines in Persian section of the BBC on-line. Although we all know how ill-intentioned Brits policy makers have been towards Iran and BBC in specific has served their royal court from time to time, but the devastation of the message of the newsmakers surpasses the possible cruel intention of the news carrier, BBC.

General Jafari, the head of Islamic Republic Guardian Corps (IRGC), last Friday in a convention with the title of “Students, Elections, Maximum Participation, and National Unity” among the members of his militia, Bassij, after criticizing the content of the Human Sciences curriculum in Iranian universities, has clearly sided with the conservative front in coming Iranian parliamentary election and advised the Bassij to vote for an specific conservative alliance. This would be a fine statement from nonmilitary personnel, but it is devastating to the long tradition of Iranian military of not being affiliated with any type of political interaction.

However this wouldn’t be as much alarming if he hadn’t said in his inauguration speech late last year, “the main duty of IRGC is cultural and to protect the Islamic Revolution, not only the Republic of Iran”. This is not only an insult to Iranians but it is a blow to the Islamic belief and the direct deviation of the command of the creator of Quran that “Quran (Islam) is sent by us and we shall guard it (so it does not need a foster guardian)”.

However the reader should have easily dismissed the above statement of Gen. Jafari as a propaganda tactic if the second statement from the Head of Joint Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces, Gen. Firoozabadi resurfaced recently, indicating that the Human Sciences curriculum should be revised and the “Iranian Universities should be rebuilt based on Islamic thoughts”. This is also against the long standing military tradition to stay out of the universities.

I’d like to remind Mr. Firoozabadi that despite the recent efforts of Islamic scholars such as Mehdi Bazargan, Mohammad Bagher Sadr, Morteza Motahari, Ayatollah Taleghani and many more Islamic intellectuals, Islam does not have a name brand school of thoughts yet. You can’t have an Islamic Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry as well as Philosophy, Economics, and Politics. These are simply human thoughts and Islam is a humane ritual, a humane path towards the creator.

Although Iranians all around the world appreciate the sacrifices that member of armed forces have made for the Iranian nation but as Khomeini wrote in his will directed to the members of the parliament at the time, “You should appreciate this beautiful people, and if you don’t then they will do things to you that would be worst than what they did to the Shah”. At last, you should think how to achieve an Iranian unity by serving Iranians and not by denying forces of the nature.


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by Antibullshit (not verified) on

What are you trying to say????


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by Faribors Maleknasri M.D. (not verified) on

Iran: No threat can make us tremble. These are the words of the honourable Brigadier General Jafari on Thu, 07 Feb 2008. Better one sees the realities in the eye. Claiming the iranian army traditionally did never interfere in the elections fits very well to fairyland Iran which existed up to 1978. May
Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Jafari have spocken to a nummber of his friends - a few millions out of 7ty - and may he have said his political opinion so he has only repeated what the most wise iranians had allready recommended. If somebody thinks those wise iranians are not wise or not wise enough so i must assum that he means the rest of iranians are even less wise. In This case what is the cure? what will be recommended? I think just sitting araund and write fairy tales which are just immitations from what the barking and grunting enemy propagate is no hint of good will and reasonability. However everybody knows the best for her/himself or at least must know it. Of course there are a huge nummber of, not only "IRANIAN"s, who know what is better for Iran and say and write it also permanently. May be allready since 30 years. But the situation is getting worse. For example in the coming parliament there will be not enough nummber of members of parliament who could plead for anticonstitutional rules and laws. I think one can allready make this prediction that the united iranian nation - to that nation count up to my opinion only the ones who have founded thier ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of Iran, are living there and are willing to protect thier achieveness during the last 30 years with blood and life - will choose thier women and men for the parliament reasonably and appropriately. Iran has reached a pinnacle of self-sufficiency and therefore any attack on the country will be in vain, suggests the top IRGC commander. These are his actual words.
In a Thursday conference, Head of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Mohammad-Ali Jafari stated that forces from around the world are fully prepared to defend the Islamic Revolution should Iran come under any form of threat. In fact from Indonesia to andalusia. Commemorating the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran - which finds only little echo by "IRANIAN"s and if then the messenger earns lot of nonsense and earthy words -the Brigadier General added that the nation is committed to the values of the 'flourishing revolution'. The Islamic Revolution has helped bring about great achievements in various fields of science, technology and defense, affirmed the IRGC commander. He did not mentioned the self sufficiency by food- and drug- and medicin technic and and and. which are, up to my opinion, the unnegligible basics of an Existence in peace, national honour and freedom. "The Islamic Revolution has always sought to achieve scientific progress to satisfy the future needs of the country," he affirmed. "All attempts that have been made against the Islamic Revolution in the past have failed; think just about the story of Ssarakhs! threats will no longer yield results." However, as a matter of Fact they have not yielded any since 30 years.


Khomeini’s grandson speaks

by Anonymous31 (not verified) on

Khomeini’s grandson speaks out ahead of Iran vote
TEHERAN - The grandson of Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has made a rare intervention ahead of elections, urging the military to avoid politics and criticising the disqualification of candidates, the media reported on Sunday.

Hassan Khomeini, a mid-ranking cleric who is the most prominent of Khomeini’s grandchildren, said his late grandfather had wanted the military to keep clear of politics.

“If a soldier wants to enter into politics, he needs to forget the military as the presence of a gun in politics means the end of all dialogue,” Hassan Khomeini said in an interview with the Shahrvand weekly published on Sunday.

“It is a criteria of fidelity to the line of imam Khomeini,” he added.

Hassan Khomeini is in charge of the care of the mausoleum of the late leader outside Teheran and is a leading figure in Iran’s Islamic system despite holding no official position.

He rarely makes comments, let alone such outspoken remarks, in public. With both Ayatollah Khomeini’s sons now dead, Hassan Khomeini is seen as the main family heir.

His comments come after the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, gave his backing to conservatives in the March 14 parliamentary elections but it was not clear if the interview was made after those remarks.

“One of the most important criteria for following the path laid out by the imam (Khomeini) is the presence, or not, of the military in politics,” the grandson said...



I predict in a few years

by Anonymous21 (not verified) on

I predict in a few years Iran will be a military dictatorship. Reformers, including Khatami and his faction might all get slaughtered, perhaps even Rafsanjani. I recommend that they all leave Iran before getting assassinated. Even Khameni's life is at risk. As soon as he becomes useless, they will kill him too.


Who cares.....

by Antibullshit (not verified) on

Who cares? These thugs have been running the country down to hell for the last three decades. Where have you been? Just ignore the IR election...This shall pass too..


New generation replacing

by Not Anonymous (not verified) on

New generation replacing clerics who had sought better ties with West

Iran's clerical old guard being pushed aside
New generation replacing clerics who had sought better ties with West

Ahmadinejad strengthened

Analysts say the purging of those clerics strengthens President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most prominent leader of the new generation, and will result in a smaller political class that is more beholden to the supreme leader and less tolerant of even internal dissent.

"The newcomers don't have the same power base as the old guard," said Mehrdad Serjooie, a political analyst and former journalist. "They have no reputation dating from the time of the revolution, no direct access to oil money and no important supporters.

"The old factions often could operate more independently because they were powerful" in their own right, Serjooie added. "The new generation depends more on the leader."

Khamenei two weeks ago publicly vetoed a decision by Ahmadinejad to ignore certain laws passed by parliament. "This was a signal to show who is in charge," Serjooie said.

The newcomers say their emergence is part of a generational change. "For the last 30 years we have seen the same names in Iranian politics. It was natural that clerics took control of the country's affairs after they led the revolution, but as time goes by it's natural that younger non-clerics take over," said Saeed Aboutaleb, 37, a member of parliament since 2004.

He said clerics would remain important. "We need them for guidance, just as the late Imam Khomeini wanted. In the end, this is just a change in clothes," he added, referring to the overcoat and turban worn by clerics and the suits worn by younger politicians. "The newcomers are just as religious."

Most of the candidates disqualified last month belong to Khatami's broad reformist coalition, which sought to compete with the newcomers in this year's parliamentary elections. The Guardian Council is considering appeals and will announce its decisions March 5.


Among the newcomers are a few clerics, almost all of whom studied at a religious school in the holy city of Qom known for its strict interpretation of Islam.

Ahmadinejad's faction, which calls itself "principalist," consists of newcomers who say they want to act according to the principles of Islam and the revolution. Many members are former commanders in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a force created after 1979 to protect the revolution. Members of another, more technocratic group have similar ideals and backgrounds but are at odds with the government on how to implement those principles. Larijani, who is seeking election to parliament, is emerging as the head of that faction.

"After a purge, the remaining faction divides. The split in the newcomers group will finally result in two main new groups in Iranian politics," said Iraj Jamshidi, political editor at Etemaad newspaper.

‘A lot of abuse of power’
The newcomers say the politicians who preceded them haven't realized the goals of the revolution. "There has been a lot of abuse of power," said Aboutaleb.

Jamshidi, whose newspaper is considered reformist, said the "clerics who used to hold high positions are being held responsible for the current problems in Iran."

Still, Rafsanjani holds one last trump card. In September he was chosen as chairman of the Assembly of Experts, an elected council of 86 clerics that selects, supervises and can dismiss the supreme leader.

"We don't know what's happening in the assembly," Serjooie said. "But we can be sure the new generation is now trying to get as many other institutions as possible under their influence, to cement their newly attained power."

Jamshidi said there is little likelihood that the cleric-politicians who gained power after the revolution will rebuild their standing. "They are not a part of the decision-making process anymore," he said. "I don't see any chance of a comeback."