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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: We Will ‘Punch’ U.S.

Posted by Atilla89 on August 19, 2007

In response to America wanting to label the IRG as a terrorist organisation, the IRG’s leader, Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi has threatened to ‘punch’ the U.S. More from Fox News

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,”

Ooooohhhhh, I’m really scared now. Iran is going to punch me! Furthermore;

Iranian armed forces spokesman Gen. Ali Reza Afshar hit out precisely against this attempt to declare a state body terrorist in an editorial Saturday in the country’s largest circulation newspaper, calling it illegal.

“America’s long time hostility against the Guard is clear and understandable, but this move against organization that is part of Iran’s armed forces is illegal,” he wrote in the daily Hamshahri.

Get this, Iran considers it illegal to call a terrorist organisation what it is. Let me ask you something Gen. Ali Reza Afshar, is it illegal to fund terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah? Like many of shi’ite insurgent groups in Iraq? 

2 Responses to “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: We Will ‘Punch’ U.S.”

  1. Iranian Ajax said

    I wouldn’t say that designation of a branch of the Iranian military is illegal. I would rather say, from a policy perspective, that it is problematic. I would say that it is more along the lines of a facilitator of terrorism, and it clearly is. But to say that it is a terrorist organization would be hard to operationalize from a policy stand point.

    You only need to look at the C.I.A.’s definition of what terrorism is:

    The Intelligence Community is guided by the definition of terrorism contained in Title 22 of the US Code, Section 2656f(d):

    * The term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.
    * The term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving the territory or the citizens of more than one country.
    * The term “terrorist group” means any group that practices, or has significant subgroups that practice, international terrorism.

    Key word is “subnational”. So, in doing what President Bush has done, you can see how it is now problematic from a policy stand point.

    Don’t get me wrong, they are a mean group, the IRGC. They clearly have ties to terrorist organizations and do fund terrorism – that I am not objecting to. As the British say, it is “spot on”. What I do object to is the feasibility of applying the Executive Order. Im not saying it won’t work either. All I am saying is that it is problematic, and it is really a first which may in fact have set a bad precedent.

  2. Atilla89 said

    “I wouldn’t say that designation of a branch of the Iranian military is illegal.”

    Neither would I, in fact I never did say that. I said that IRAN considers it illegal; for your information, I don’t.

    “Key word is “subnational”. So, in doing what President Bush has done, you can see how it is now problematic from a policy stand point.”

    Yes, but what you forget is that this is covered through the use of ‘clandestine agents’ and the term ‘International Terrorism” which as you correctly pointed out involves the territory of more then one country.

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