Iran Revolutionary Guards chief vows to defeat U.S. in Iraq


Iran Revolutionary Guards chief vows to defeat U.S. in Iraq

Iran Focus ^ | Nov. 28 2005

The Commandant of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared that Iran was exporting its Islamic revolution to other Muslim countries including Iraq which would inevitably bring about the downfall of the United States in the Middle East, state dailies reported on Monday.

Speaking at a gathering of the IRGC’s Navy commanders on Sunday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, “The impoverished people’s Bassij force was formed on the orders of the Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini] following the siege of the American spies’ den [U.S. embassy in Tehran] on November 4, 1979 and the arrest of the spies of that country to fight any possible threat from the enemies”.

Safavi said that the para-military Bassij force, an offshoot of the IRGC, was invaluable during Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq.

Safavi said that the U.S. had failed to prevent Tehran from exporting its Islamic revolution to other countries in the region. “Following the victory of the [1979] Islamic revolution, America tried with all its might to contain the Iranian people’s Islamic revolution inside the geographical borders of Iran and to thwart the export of the revolution. But, the activities in Lebanon, Palestine, and present-day Iraq, as well as Islamic and freedom-seeking nations of the world proved the opposite”.

“Following the downfall of Communism, today, only Islam stands against America’s imperialism. The U.S., well aware of the potentials of the Islamic world and the Islamic revolution, is afraid of the merciful culture of the Islamic revolution becoming a model for the whole world. It fears the creation of an Islamic world superpower with 1.5 billion Muslims in the key and strategic region geographically stretching from Southeast Asia to the north of Africa and the Middle East, with its ample economic resources”.

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