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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Taking Iran at its word

including "time-bombs within America"
by Steven Stalinsky, in the Jerusalem Post

There are growing indications that Iran may be planning an attack on American soil. These indicators are not secret – they appear in speeches, newspaper articles, TV programs, and sermons in Iran by figures linked to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other government officials. All discuss potential Iranian attacks on the US, which will subsequently lead to its destruction.

. . . . Hassan Abbassi, a Revolutionary Guards intelligence theoretician who teaches at Al-Hussein University. . . spoke of Teheran's secret plans, which include "a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." In order to accomplish this, he explained, "there are 29 sensitive sites in the US and in the West. We have already spied on these sites, and we know how we are going to attack them."

Abbassi's speech further detailed that "[Iran's] missiles are now ready to strike at their civilization, and as soon as the instructions arrive from Leader [Ali Khamenei], we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations."

. . . . Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, secretary-general of the Guardian Council, appeared on Iran's Channel 1 TV on June 4, stating, "Every Muslim and every honorable man who is not a Muslim must stand against the Americans, English, and Israelis and endanger their interests wherever they may be." When he added "They must not have security," thousands in the audience repeated chants of "Islam is victorious, America will be annihilated."

"Time-bombs within America" is how Iranian MP Hamid-Reza Katoziyan described Muslims within the US, who could be behind future terrorist attacks on America.

Speaking on Iranian TV channel Jaam-E-Jam 2 on July 27, Katoziyan warned:

"The whole group of people belonging to the Arab community and Muslims living in the US are currently, in my opinion, in a special situation. Perhaps they do not walk the streets with weapons in their hands or attach bombs to themselves in order to carry out a suicide operation, but the thought is there."
. . . An editorial in the July 6 edition of the Iranian daily Kayhan, the conservative paper affiliated with Khamenei, issued another warning for the future:
"the White House's 80 years of exclusive rule are likely to become 80 seconds of Hell that will burn to ashes That very day, those who resist [Iran] will be struck from directions they never expected. The heartbeat of the crisis is undoubtedly [dictated by] the hand of Iran."