With the United States planning to add Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to our list of terrorist groups, the Guards aren’t backing down at all. In fact, they are as belligerent and defiant as always, Nasser Karimi reports from Tehran for the Associated Press:
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to “punch” the U.S., in their first response to Washington’s plan to list them as a terrorist organization, newspapers reported Saturday.
Local press in the Iranian capital of Tehran quoted Revolutionary Guards leader Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi saying that he could understand Washington’s ire toward the group because of their “leverage” against the U.S.
“America will receive a heavier punch from the guards in the future,” he was quoted as saying in the conservative daily Kayhan. “We will never remain silent in the face of U.S. pressure and we will use our leverage against them.”
There was no elaboration on what Safavi meant by the punch or the organization’s “leverage.”
Read the rest at the link above. The Iranian radicals have been declaring war on us for nearly thirty years. They invaded our sovereign embassy in 1979, were sponsors of the Beirut Marine barracks bombing in 1993 and the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, to name a few of their many overt acts of war, not to mention the clear trail back to them from forces killing Americans in Iraq.
The problem isn’t that the mad Iranian Islamists declare war on us. The problem is we just won’t take them at their word – OR deeds.
Naturally, most Democratic candidates for President see a need for more “dialog” with Iran – which essentially consists of our expressing our willingness to let bygones be bygones and our desire to forge a productive relationship while they call us the “Great Satan” and threaten our lives.
Here is where the Kucinich and Edwards supporters deride me for underestimating the power of a good hug.