Iran’s New Revolutionary Guards Regime: Anti-Americanism, Oil, and Rising International Tension

This article from the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs has some good information on what’s going on Iran politically. The repercussions, for instance, of Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s railings against Israel and the West.


Ahmadinejad’s crude militancy was demonstrated again when, in a speech on October 26, he called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” Moreover, in remarks directed at Arab states, he added, “Anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nations’ fury.” Such a threat was immediately condemned by most Western and Asian heads-of-state, Russia, and Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general. It was also criticised by leading Arab dailies and some prominent Iranian reformists and conservative personalities, who considered it a sign of dangerous inexperience. On November 4, a BBC website reported that Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khamena’i, commented, “We will not commit aggression towards any nation, unless attacked.”

The Iranian president is expected to be a far more formidable enemy to the West and to America in particular. Thus, in October, General Safavi, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, declared before an audience of senior naval officers that Teheran’s mission was to create “a multi-polar world in which Iran plays a leadership role” for Islam. For this purpose, the “revolutionary factions” have in recent months conducted a major purge of the military, security apparatus, civil service, state-owned corporations, and media. Consequently, Iran’s armed forces are now controlled by senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, as are the police and the gendarmerie.

It seems that President Ahmadinejad’s abrasive and undiplomatic measures at home and in the international arena, ignoring Islamic Iran’s traditional power centres, have already produced powerful opposition to his policy and tactics. Indeed, Iran has called on the European Union to resume negotiations over Teheran’s controversial nuclear program.

Well, as is ‘normal’ for these times, things continue to be very interesting in the Middle East – especially if you look at it with eyes open for happenings that may fulfil prophecy from the Bible..


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