For the first time, Iran’s highest-ranking military official has tied the reappearance of the last Islamic messiah to the regime being prepared to go to a war based on ideology.
“With having the treasure of the Holy Defense, Valayat (Guardianship of the Jurist) and martyrs, we are ready for a big war,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said, according to Mashregh news, which is run by the Revolutionary Guards.
“Of course this confrontation has always continued; however, since we are in the era of The Coming, this war will be a significant war.”
Shi’ites believe that at the end of time great wars will take place, and Imam Mahdi, the Shi’ites’ 12th imam, will reappear and kill all the infidels, raising the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.
Vahidi became the Revolutionary Guards intelligence officer after the 1979 Islamic revolution and later was promoted to chief commander of the Quds Forces. He is on the Interpol most-wanted list for the Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 and injured hundreds
Their vast influence in the region admitted:
Meanwhile, a Revolutionary Guards report quoting the head of the Guards’ public relations, Ramezan Sharif, revealed that Iran has military assets in several countries.
The presence of Quds Forces in Syria and Lebanon, Sharif said, is with the goal of supporting the Islamic nations and for the special situations that exist in those countries.
Sharif said Iranian presence is based on international laws and that, “Currently the Revolutionary Guards has presence in 15 countries, among them Syria and Lebanon, while the Iranian military also has presence in some other countries.”
“Quds Forces, Hezbollah and others have shown they both have the capability and the willingness to extend beyond that (Middle East) region of the world and likely here into the homeland itself,” he testified.
Guard commanders have openly stated that they have recruited assets from Latin America and even some from European countries to avoid suspicion by intelligence agencies and will target America should it get involved militarily against Iran.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Thursday downplayed Israel's threats against the Islamic Republic, warning that Tehran is capable of wiping the Israeli regime off the earth.
The Iranian-based Fars news agency quoted Vahidi as having told reporters that Iran's defensive power against Israel’s threats has become so developed that it "would easily wipe off the Zionist regime from the face of the earth."
However if Israeli jets or missiles did strike Iran, "nothing of Israel will be left, considering its size," he warned."I do not think any part of Israel will be untouched given our missile capabilities. Thus, our response is in itself a deterrent,” said Jafari.
Last month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, called Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”
Iran continues to fly military personnel and quantities of weapons into Syria by civilian aircraft which cut through Iraqi airspace, American intelligence sources disclosed early Thursday, Sept. 20. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon also said that, "Unfortunately, both [Syrian] sides, government and opposition forces, seem to be determined to see the end by military means."Clearly, Iran is augmenting its military involvement in the constantly escalating Syrian civil war, broadening it into a multinational conflict which threatens to drag Lebanon in, by means of the Iranian-Syrian ally, Hizballah.
Tehran is not hiding its actions. Sunday, Sept. 16, Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Commander Gen. Ali Jafari said openly that Al Qods Brigades units were present and operational in both Syria and Lebanon.No comment on this revelation has come from the US, Israel or Israel’s military (IDF) chiefs - notwithstanding its menacing import, namely, that Tehran is no longer hanging about and waiting for its nuclear program to be attacked in order to punish Israel, but is getting ready for a pre-emptive operation.
Still, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have chosen silence in the face of what any other nation would regard as a casus belli: the open deployment of enemy forces on its northern and eastern borders.
National security officials told NBC News that the continuing cyber attacks this week that slowed the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are being carried out by the government of Iran. One of those sources said the claim by hackers that the attacks were prompted by the online video mocking the Prophet Muhammad is just a cover story.
The attack is described by one source, a former U.S. official familiar with the attacks, as being "significant and ongoing" and looking to cause "functional and significant damage." Also, one source suggested the attacks were in response to U.S. sanctions on Iranian banks.
A conservative website, FreeBeacon.com, initially reported on the Pentagon analysis, quoting it as saying, “Iran’s cyber aggression should be viewed as a component, alongside efforts like support for terrorism, to the larger covert war Tehran is waging against the west.” U.S officials did not deny the FreeBeacon report when queried by NBC News.
As Israel's Threat To Bomb Iran Looms, U.S. Vows To Keep Aircraft Carrier Strike Group In Persian Gulf
The U.S. Navy is vowing to keep commercial sea lanes open in the international waters off Iran, despite a view among a small number of critics that Washington’s military muscle may inadvertently stoke tensions with Tehran in the event of a crisis.
Israel has threatened to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities if that nation’s uranium enrichment and other activities suspected of building an atomic weapon do not abate.
In response to the saber rattling, Iran has threatened to mine one of the most important waterways in the world, the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent of the world’s oil flows.
The four Western powers trying to rein in Iran’s nuclear program are accusing Tehran of shipping arms to Syria in violation of United Nations sanctions and ignoring demands from the UN to open key nuclear facilities to its inspectors.US Ambassador Susan Rice told a Security Council meeting Thursday on the implementation of UN sanctions that members can’t be complacent about Iran’s “latest leaps forward in its prohibited nuclear activities.”Rice and ambassadors from the other Western powers expressed serious concern at Iran’s arms exports to President Bashar Assad’s regime in violation of a UN ban against all weapons exports.
Iran proudly paraded its AFP reports.hardware in Tehran on Friday under the gaze of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who used the event to again defiantly lash out at the West and Israel, The display, involving thousands ofmilitary personnel, tanks and missiles borne on trucks, marked the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.Ahmadinejad, in a speech broadcast on state television, said that Iran was using "the same spirit and belief in itself" shown in that war to "stand and defend its rights" today against pressure from world powers.
Ahmadinejad implicitly referred to his often expressed opinion that the Holocaust never happened to lambast the West for perceived selective censorship."They stand against a question about a historical incident... they threaten and put pressure on nations for posing the question while at the same time in regards to the obscenest insults to the human sanctities and prophets... they shout adherence to freedom (of expression)," he said.Ahmadinejad's stance challenging the facts surrounding the Holocaust is shared by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the country's commander-in-chief.Early this week, Khamenei told naval cadets: "In some Western countries, no one dares to question the unknown incident of the Holocaust or for that matter some of the morally obscene policies like homosexuality... but insulting Islam and its sanctities under the pretext of freedom of expression is allowed."
Kuwaiti paper on Friday quoted security sources in Egypt who said the Egyptian government intends to use chemical weapons against terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.According to the sources in Al Rai, the intention of the government is to “smoke out the terrorists” from their hiding places and make them easier to catch.The chemical weapons will be used far from residential areas, said the report.Following last year’s uprising that ousted longtime authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak from power, Sinai has spiraled out of control. Across Egypt, police and internal security forces fell apart during the uprising. They have returned to the streets in some areas, but in Sinai, particularly in the north, their presence remains weak.
You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic than they were ever designed to carry. Approximately a third of all of the dam failures that have taken place in the United States since 1874 have happened during the past decade. Our national parks and recreation areas have been terribly neglected and our railroads are a bad joke. Hurricane Katrina showed how vulnerable our levees are, and drinking water systems all over the country are badly outdated. Sadly, at a time when we could use significant new investment in infrastructure, our spending on infrastructure is actually way down. Back during the 50s and the 60s, the U.S. was spending between 3 and 4 percent of GDP on infrastructure. Today, that figure is down to about 2.4 percent. But of course we don't have any extra money to spend on infrastructure because of our reckless spending and because of the massive amount of debt that we have accumulated. While the Obama administration is spending more than half a million dollars to figure out why chimpanzees throw poop, our national infrastructure is literally falling apart all around us. Once upon a time nobody else on the planet could match our infrastructure, and now we are in the process of becoming a joke to the rest of the world.
High school cheerleaders in a small Texas town will no longer be able to include Bible verses on signs at athletic events after a Wisconsin-based group sent a letter complaining about the signs.
Kevin Weldon, the superintendent of the Kountze Independent School District told Fox News he had no choice but to ban the signs after the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the district of violating the Constitution.
The ban means any student participating in an official school activity cannot hold or create any sign, poster or banner that includes a religious message.
“I called our legal counsel and they recommended to me that we instruct all administrators in the district that religious signs or messages would no longer be permitted at school district events and that student groups and their sponsors were to be notified of the prohibition effective immediately,” he told Fox News.
It’s unclear who complained – but most residents believe the individual does not live in the community.
The incident was first reported in the Texas Conservative Republican News and word of the ban spread quickly through the tiny town of Kountze – about 85 northeast of Houston.
“It’s rocked our little town,” said Stacy Trotter, a parent who organized a Facebook page supporting the teenagers. “We’re just a small Christian town.”
Within 24 hours, Trotter’s Facebook page, Support Kountze Kids Faith, had more than 30,000 supporters. It’s quite remarkable considering only 2,400 people live in Kountze.
“It’s brought our community closer,” Trotter said. “We’re going to stick together and as parents we are proud of what they’ve done.”
Meanwhile, outside groups are vowing to defend the young girls from the Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint.