The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has hailed the peaceful coexistence among Iranian Shia and Sunni Muslims, saying all plots hatched by enemies to undermine national unity and solidarity in the country have been thwarted, Press TV reports.
“The enemies are making considerable efforts to harm the Iranian nation’s unity and solidarity, but all their plots have always been neutralized thanks to the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the prudence of Iranians,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Tuesday.
He added that despite hostile acts by the global arrogance, “the Islamic Republic is still continuing its path with strength and dignity.”
“The most important goal of enemies is to create insecurity across Iran; however, Shia and Sunni Muslims are making joint efforts to boost the country’s security,” the IRGC commander said.
During a recent meeting in Tehran with a number of officials in charge of a martyrs’ congress in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, Ayatollah Khamenei has lauded the strong unity among Iran’s Shia and Sunni Muslims despite all enemy attempts to sow discord among them.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Jafari pointed to the eight-year war imposed by Iraq with the backing of major global powers and said, “The biggest achievement of this war was that other nations accepted that they can stand up to the global arrogance’s bullying.” He emphasized that Iran has also countered the cultural, political and economic aggression of the global arrogance aimed at harming the Islamic Revolution.
“Enemies of the Islamic Revolution tried to create distrust among the [Iranian] people of the Islamic establishment through the imposition of economic pressure and sanctions and the creation of certain economic problems but this plot was also thwarted through the vigilance of the people,” the IRGC commander said.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in January the Islamic Republic’s security and stability depend on its own people, adding that “infiltrators” will not be permitted to violate the rights of the Iranians.
“Iran’s security and stability depend on its own people, who — unlike the peoples of [U.S. President Donald] Trumps regional “bffs”—have the right to vote and to protest,” Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account.
But the IRGC’s power delusions could spell catastrophe for Iran, Radio Farda wrote after a deputy commander for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has boasted that Iran is capable of a military confrontation with its archenemy, the United States.
Speaking with Iran’s state television on February 2, Hossein Salami also said it was during the war with Iraq in the 1980s that Iran discovered it had no political allies. During the interview, Salami spoke of the IRGC’s “progress,” its military capabilities, and its familiarity with what he called “America’s military weaknesses in the region.” He also called Iraq and Syria “Iran’s strategic depth.
A victory by the IRGC or the Iranian armed forces over the United States or even GCC countries looks impossible. Regardless of its missile power and relative naval supremacy, Iran is obviously vulnerable in front of Saudi Arabia’s air force. Iran’s fighters and bombers are outdated, although Iran’s air force had more aircraft than all of the Persian Gulf states in 1971.
As Salami has attested, Iran is isolated, while the Persian Gulf states enjoy the backing of the United States and each other. Iranian military commanders’ delusion of power and their bloated rhetoric are mainly based on miscalculations, simplistic thinking, and false self-confidence. This could spell catastrophe for Iran and its people.