Today it’s time for missiles and for negotiations – Part I

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By: Pablo Jofré Leal / The Dawn News / March 16, 2017iran-y-su-defensa

The false promises of the US to fulfill the nuclear agreement and the threat this represents to Iran  provide more than enough justification for the Persian nation’s decision to strengthen its armed forces. To Iran’s leadership, today it’s time for both missiles and negotiations against those that want to impose their terms.

The US threats add to the policy of pressure of Zionism and Wahhabism, who try to join forces against Iran and its policy of defense of the Muslim world. As any sovereign country would do, the Islamic Republic of Iran defined, after the defense against the 1980 Iraqi invasion and the 8-year war that followed, with an enormous human and material cost, that it was indispensable to strengthen the defensive and dissuasive power of the revolution. Because the war had proven that there were powers that wanted to kill the nascent Islamic Republic either by military force, or by economic choking—an economic, scientific and political blockade that’s paralleled only by the silent war against the Cuban revolution.

There’s no independence without the power to defend it

Iran’s political and religious authorities created a plan of action destined to develop all of the branches of their armed forces, and simultaneously strengthen the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—created after the triumph of the Islamic revolution in 1979, and consisting of over 100,000 ground, naval and air units, including an elite force: the Quds Force. At the same time, as part of the plan for energetic and scientific independence, Iran begun to develop its nuclear program. This was in agreement with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, despite the sustained opposition of Washington and its allies in the West and the Middle East—especially the Zionist entity and the Al Saud House. This nuclear program has been the excuse for all kinds of attacks against this nation.

Israel and the Al Saud house are determined to maintain their power and hegemony in the region, to continue to oppress the peoples of Palestine, Yemen, and Bahrein, and to intensify the aggression against Iraq, added to the attack against Syria in 2011 with the goal of dividing to benefit their economic, political and geostrategic interests. But this has found significant opposition from the Resistance axis led by Iran, which has changed the correlation of power in the region, causing alarm and terror in the Zionist and Wahabi empires.

To counter this, the Zionist authorities have called certain Arab countries —Saudi Arabia and the Riverside Monarchies of the Persian Gulf—to work towards a military alliance like NATO, to form a common front against Iran. This offer was made by the Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, who is an illegal settler on Palestinian land and one of the most extremist officials of the Zionist government. The ultimate purpose is to fence in Iran and prevent their work of support of the peoples of the region.

Lieberman, who leads the Yisrael Beytenu right-wing party crowned his offer by affirming to German newspaper Die Welt that ‘it’s time to make a formal alliance, a coalition of all moderate(sic) forces in the Middle East against terror (sic).’ Well, how is it possible that the same political actors that are supporting terrorist groups, (funding them and providing them with weapons) now call to unite against the forces that fight terrorism by accusing them precisely of terrorism? It’s nonsense, and it goes to show the hypocrisy of these governments that are decided to intensify pressure against Iran (under the auspice of the US) and carry out their plans to fragment Syria and Iraq, overthrow the people’s forces in Yemen, repress the Bahraini population, fence in the Iranian revolution and support NATO’s efforts to stop Russia’s advance on the West.

Due to this situation, having a strong and well-prepared military force is a matter of survival for Iran. Precisely one year ago, British newspaper Express published a report on the largest militaries of the world that placed Iran no. 8 in the list of countries one would not want to go to war with. The Persian army has 534 thousand military personnel and is a tough nut to crack for anyone trying to recreate invasions like the ones to Afghanistan or Iraq in the early XXI century.

Military power means political independence in an international context where some countries forbid others from making their own decisions and exercising independence, and oppress them with a mix of bureaucracy and blackmailing. Hypocritically, nuclear powers prevent Iran from developing a nuclear program by imposing sanctions and commercial blockades, exerting diplomatic pressure, and freezing its assets.

Iran’s military technology provides a stronghold against the US’ hegemonic interests in the Middle East and that’s why the Zionist entity has so much fear for the presence of Iranian forces in the defense of Syria and Iraq, and the alliance with the members of the Resistance Axis such as Hezbollah. The Zionist regime has shouted from the rooftops that it feels anxious about Iran’s regional power in the Islamic awakening, consolidated by the achievements of the Syrian Arab Army in its struggle against Takfiri terrorism.

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