Israeli preparations to attack Iran could trigger a pre-emptive attack and “World War III,” a top-ranking Iranian general told a TV station in the Islamic Republic Sunday.
"In circumstances in which [the Israelis] have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack,” he said, according to a translation posted on the website of the Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram.
He added that Iran would also attack US bases in the region, saying that the ensuing military engagement would “turn into World War III.”
“[Israel] cannot imagine our response — and it will sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration,” he said.
“For this reason, we will enter a confrontation with both parties and will definitely be at war with American bases should a war break out,” Hajizadeh said.
“There will be no neutral country in the region,” Hajizadeh said. “To us, these bases are equal to US soil.”
His words come a day after another Iranian general said a war between Israel and Iran was inevitable
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated that should Israel attack his country, the Islamic Republic will retaliate.
Ahmadinejad made the comments in an with CNN’s Piers Morgan. The full interview will air on Monday, but excerpts were released on Sunday.
Ahmadinejad, together with a high-ranking delegation, arrived in New York Saturday evening to attend the 67th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.
The Iranian President is scheduled to address the UN on Wednesday, September 26, which happens to also be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
Despite protests from Jewish and non-Jewish groups alike, Ahmadinejad is expected to stay at the posh Warwick New York Hotel on Sixth Avenue. The hotel has refrained from publicly commenting on the matter.
Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar and deputy commander of its military arm, Marwan Issa, spent the second week of September in Beirut and Tehran finalizing and signing protocols covering a binding commitment by the radical Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel.
The protocols set out in detail the circumstances, procedures and terms governing Hamas’s participation in a conflict, whether it arises from an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program or the involvement of Iran’s allies, Syria and Hizballah, in comprehensive or partial hostilities against Israel. Hamas agreed to obey any orders to attack the Jewish state coming from Tehran, Damascus or Beirut.
Hamas’s signature provided a booster shot of 22,000 trained fighters including reservists for the battle array of elite Iranian al Qods Brigades units building up in Syria and Lebanon and taking up positions along Israel’s borders.
Tehran had two goals:
1. To leave no leeway for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, of which the Palestinian Hamas is an offshoot, to veto the pledges Hamas signed in Tehran. The Palestinian Hamas was put on notice that the group was now under contract to defer to Tehran in military matters ahead of Cairo.
2. Iran, Hizballah and Syria instructed Hamas to stop obstructing Jihad Islami’s activities in the Gaza Strip and be ready to operate in harmony with Iran’s Palestinian proxy against Israel. In a potential outbreak of war, both must take their orders from Iran’s Middle East command.
For placing itself under Tehran’s jackboot, Hamas was assured of the resumption of Iranian economic aid and fresh supplies of missiles, advanced hi-tech war equipment to improve the accuracy of its rocket attacks on Israel - which rarely hit much - and anti-air weapons systems.
A member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee was adamant in saying Sunday that his country would not allow Israel to operate independently against Islamist terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Egyptian MP Mohammed Abd al-Haleem said, “It is impossible under any circumstances that Israel would conduct strikes against Egyptians in Sinai.”
Regarding the buildup of Egyptian troops in the Peninsula, he said, “We have updated Israel regarding the sending of more troops than allowed under the Camp David Accords in order to finish the military missions in Sinai.
Egypt has mobilized large military forces to the Sinai in light of the rapidly deteriorating security situation there.
The view that the latest wave of Muslim outrage worldwide, including the murderous assault on the U.S. embassy in Libya and new threats from Iran, is somehow a “spontaneous” reaction to the low-budget film “Innocence of Muslims,” has been revealed to be political naïveté at best, and ignorant or intentional scapegoating at worst.
My past experience at the top of the Soviet bloc intelligence community gives me solid ground to state that the Muslim attacks on U.S. embassies and the assassination of our ambassador to Libya, carried out with Soviet-made rocket-propelled grenades, Kalashnikovs and Molotov cocktails, were just as “spontaneous” as the May Day parades in Moscow – and that they have the same organizers.
In 1972, I had a breakfast with then-KGB chairman Yury Andropov in Moscow. The Kremlin, he told me, had decided to transform Arab anti-Semitism into an anti-American doctrine for the whole Muslim world. The idea was to portray the United States as a war-mongering, Zionist country financed by Jewish money and run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion” (the KGB’s derisive epithet for the U.S. Congress) intent on transforming the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom. Andropov made the point that one billion adversaries could cause far greater damage than could a mere 150 million. Even Muhammad, he said, had not limited his religion to Arab countries.
The KGB boss described the Muslim world as a waiting petri dish, in which we could nurture a strain of hate-America, grown from the bacterium of Marxist-Leninist thought. Islamic anti-Semitism ran deep, he said. The Muslims had a taste for nationalism, jingoism and victimology, and their illiterate, oppressed mobs could easily be whipped up to a fever pitch. We had only to keep repeating, over and over, that the United States was a war-mongering, Zionist country anxious to take over the whole world.
Most Americans understand North Korea is a slave-labor Stalinist cult armed with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Less understood is just how strong and dangerous North Korea remains.
North Korea, like China and Russia, is actively planning and seeking any and all advantages it can accumulate in a future strategic nuclear war scenario.
North Korea is a mutual headache for China, South Korea and the U.S. Yet the U.S. worries about China’s increasing influence in Africa and the Americas – her astounding economic growth, ability to poison America’s food supply, alleged currency manipulation, thirst for oil and various raw minerals, her de facto control of the critical Panama Canal, forced abortions and gendercide vs. females, cyber attacks, espionage, purchasing political influence and intellectual pirating of U.S. entertainment products – more than it does over China’s influence with Burma and North Korea. Yet China and North Korea fought the U.S. and her allies to a standstill during the Korean War. China, under the Khan, conquered the entire Korean peninsula in a matter of weeks, bringing soju(Korean vodka), which the invading Chinese had in turn discovered in Arak, Persia. Thus soju is also called “arak-ju” and is a gift from modern Iran.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has plans to turn a nascent Customs Union comprised of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for free trade into a Eurasian Union that includes all of Eurasia, countries of Central and even East Asia
Russia already has initiated efforts with countries such as Vietnam in the Far East to undertake more economic and military trade.
While development of the Eurasian Union has been slow, it is expected to formally come into existence in 2015.
Analysts believe it is Putin’s vision to use the Eurasian Union as a basis to reclaim the nation-states which were once part of the Soviet Union – and then some.
The new push for a European Union federation, complete with its own head of state and army, is the "final phase" of the destruction of democracy and the nation state, the president of the Czech Republic has warned.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Václav Klaus warns that "two-faced" politicians, including the Conservatives, have opened the door to an EU superstate by giving up on democracy, in a flight from accountability and responsibility to their voters.
The new offensive followed the unprecedented declaration by the Commission's president, José Manuel Barroso, during his "state of union" address to the European Parliament on 12 September, that he would make proposals for a fully-fledged EU "federation" in 2014. "Let's not be afraid of the word," he said.
"This is the first time he has acknowledged the real ambitions of today's protagonists of a further deepening of European integration. Until today, people, like Mr Barroso, held these ambitions in secret from the European public," he said. "I'm afraid that Barroso has the feeling that the time is right to announce such an absolutely wrong development.
"They think they are finalising the concept of Europe, but in my understanding they are destroying it."
To his "great regret" he finds himself a lone fighter for democracy among Europe's heads of state.
In his book, Europe: The Shattering of Illusions, to be published by Bloomsbury on Thursday, Mr Klaus makes the case that the EU has evolved into its current form because political leaders have found it convenient to turn away from their nation states, where voters have historically been able to hold them to account.
Europe: The Shattering of Illusions by Václav Klaus is published by Bloomsbury on 27 September 2012 (£16.99)
They are being driven upwards by the climb in grain and oilseed prices as US crops weather the country's worst drought since 1936, while the farming belts of Russia and South America suffer through similar water shortages.
What we are seeing represents the third major rally in global grain and oilseed prices in just half a decade.
Worse is to come, new research warns. World food prices look set to hit an all-time high in the first quarter of next year – and then keep rising, according to the analysis from Rabobank, a specialist in agricultural commodities.