Arlington VA February 22,2012 [Updated]
The Associated Press reported today that the deputy head of Iran’s armed forces said that Tehran is ready to take pre-emptive action against its foes if it feels that it is in danger.
“We do not wait for enemies to take action against us,” Gen. Mohammed Hejazi, who heads the military’s logistical wing, was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying. “We will use all our means to protect our national interests.”
Iran said the day before that it was starting air defense war games to practice protecting nuclear and other sensitive sites, the latest in a series of military maneuvers viewed as a message to the West that Iran is prepared both to defend itself against an armed strike and to retaliate.
The official news agency IRNA said the four-day air defense war games, dubbed “Sarallah,” or “God’s Revenge,” were taking place in the south of the country and involve anti-aircraft batteries, radar, and warplanes. The drill will be held over 73,000 square miles (190,000 square kilometers) near the port of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s lone nuclear power plant.
Iran has held multiple air, land, and sea maneuvers in recent months as the tensions increase, according to the AP article.
If iran has only 'peaceful' nuclear intentions, why the saber-rattling, why the naval forces to Syria, and why the Britain-France Embargo? Only time will really tell what is happening here.
One of the latest analyses of the iran-Israel controversy was printed in the New York Times today in its world news report. Several significant statements are here about the intent of the nuclear program, its potential effect on israel, and the overall effect of US and other sanctions. read the article here.