Iran parades military, warns Israel

2012-09-21 14:01

Tehran - Iran warned Israel and the United States against any aggression, as it proudly paraded its troops and military hardware on Friday under the gaze of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and top brass.

The Tehran parade, involving thousands of military personnel, dozens of 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.

Top Iranian generals said the show of military might should be digested by Israel, which in recent weeks has ramped up threats that it could hit Iranian nuclear facilities.

"We do not feel threatened by the nonsense uttered by that regime's leaders," the chief of Iran's armed forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi, told the Fars news agency, adding that Iran's response to any attack would be "immediate and unstoppable".

General Ataollah Selehi, the commander of Iran's army, told the ISNA news agency that "us holding a military parade is for deterrence and not a threat".

US Navy war games

He and other military leaders renewed their pledge that Israel would be annihilated if attacked.

The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division in charge of missile defence, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hahjizadeh, repeated Iran's promise to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the Islamic republic were attacked or Western sanctions halted its crude exports.

"If one day the Strait of Hormuz has no benefit for us, then we will deprive others from benefiting from it," he said.

However he added that "under current conditions, there is no problem".

Hahjizadeh also dismissed navy war games currently being held by the United States and 30 other nations in the Gulf as "no threat to us".

Iran is locked in a showdown with the UN Security Council over its controversial nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad on anti-Islam film

The West, led by the United States, has tightened the vice on Iran by implementing crippling economic sanctions, while Israel - the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear weapons state - has underlined its threats of possible air strikes on Iranian atomic facilities, with or without US help.

In his speech, Ahmadinejad also touched on an anti-Islam film made in America by an extremist Christian group that has fuelled violent protests in parts of the Muslim world.

He said US government claims it could do nothing to censor the film was a "deception" exploiting the pretext of freedom of expression.

He called the film an Israeli-hatched plot "to divide [Muslims] and spark sectarian conflict".

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 killing of six million Jews by the Nazi regime during World War II 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."

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-09-21 14:11

    OMG I just saw a news report that an earthquake ripped right through a cinema that was due to show the movie Innocence of Muslims - with pics of the aftermath!! Can anyone verify if this is true?

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-24 23:13

      Iran is looking for big trouble. And Israel is getting gatvol of these camel Jockeys. Iran is going to get the biggest hiding. One that they will never forget.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-21 14:12

    Well I guess that will tell the Israeli's? A point though, you mess with them, you wont get a warning, just a very big hammering.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-21 14:24

      So true. Iran knows they're about to get pounded. Glad I'm here in sunny SA.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-23 13:44

      See Raid on Entebbe....The Israeli,s dont mess around...They can organise. Then you get a good Attitude Adjusting Klap.(AAK)

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 14:21

    The corrupt and oppressive Iranian regime is getting more and more desperate. It's days are numbered.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 17:13

      ? Again, you're confusing the Iranian regime with the Iranian people. Two different things. Clearly you're not aware of the difference. I recommend becoming aware because right now you're supporting brutal oppression, especially of women. Are you aware that 100 million Muslims have freed themselves from the lies you're still believing? - 2012-09-21 19:10

      Fred, you are being irrelevant with this "difference between the regime and the inhabitants"... Choose a new line of argument.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 19:38

      Salma, the fact that you believe "the greater amount if not all Iranians hate America's guts" means YOU hate America's guts. You have no idea what the greater amount of ranians think and feel. It's what's known in psychology as a projection of your own beliefs onto exterior subjects. Highly immature Salma, and arrogant.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 19:44

      Tahepo, the relevance of that perspective should become clear going forward. The world over humanity is moving TOWARDS greater freedom and Hunan rights, not away for them. The Iranian regime is highly oppressive, cruel and corrupt. Is this what you support and want?

      aiazmir - 2012-09-21 20:59

      You are mistaken and ill-informed. Iran is neither oppressive nor desperate. It's days are neither numbered. If it were you would not get your petrol in a few weeks time. 30% of SA's fuel comes from Iran. Our refineries are designed to refine Iranian oil, so don't display your ignorance by making assumptions you know nothing about.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 21:18

      Again, it's a fact to YOU Selma because YOU hate Americans which is very immature. Generalizations such as those you express are a sign of immaturity, usually adolescent thinking. Not a bad thing, just reflective of that young phase of life. I know a number of Iranians, so I'm quite well informed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 21:22

      The Iranian regime's days are numbered, Observer, not Iran. Something you should be celebrating if you were observing rightly, which unfortunate you're not.

      Madhi - 2012-09-21 21:56

      Fred u not Iranian and u have little experience of Iranian life except a link to jews who were born there like Sharon. So please keep to your area of expertise, Israeli occupation politics not Iranian/muslim politics because u don't know them. I am sure u will be fair and admit that no matter how much u try and position yourself as a democracy advocate when it comes to muslim countries u have no interest on the lives of muslims just their demise, divide and conquer. U can do a quick survey today among muslims across sects u will know that muslims streets will come in defence of Iran even if the muslim governments support israel/us/nato invasion of iran. Reason? ordinary people are not fools they know injustice even when dressed as freedom. The differences between the west and muslim countries go very deep and nothing will ever make muslim look at the west positively as long as the longest occupation of one nation by another continues in the holy land. Meaning, u can help remove gadaffi, assad, even according to u liberate Iranians, muslims will comeback and demand a just deal for palestinians, so back to square one. No emotions, no hatred, no victim issues, just cold facts that anyone with eyes can see.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 03:00

      Madhi, you're being arrogant again, and antiquated. You're part of the old guard, being replaced by the new generation. It's up to you whether you get left behind or not.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 09:00

      And Iranians hate all Americans, all Muslims hate all Westerners. When in fact it's really Salma who is full of hate.

      doug.norris.581 - 2012-09-23 12:10

      salma.b.muhammad How many Iranians do you know well enough to have engaged in an in depth, open discussion? I have discussed their plight with a few young educated Iranians, and all have shared their dissatisfaction with lack of freedom in their country. They behave more like westerners behind closed doors than the stereotype image we have of people who blindly following an ideology. They also pointed out the deep mistrust among the ruling classes that attempt to control masses in every way in the region. As a result there is little chance of forming meaningful alliances. A lot of people may be going disproportionately ballistic about having their sensitivity trod on right now, but their mutual distrust is just below the surface. The younger educated people appear to not want anything to do with these ruling classes.

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-21 14:26

    Nothing so proud to see ones soldiers parade their military might,nothing so sad to see the same military might pounded into the ground.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-21 16:37

      Snuffed in an instant. Nothing left to parade.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-21 19:09

      Look at that heap in the photo. That is not an elite force. - 2012-09-21 19:12

      Israel sympathizers at it again. Let's just wait and see. You are no military experts.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-21 19:57

      But Israel are military experts. Proven again and again.

      pisciotta - 2012-09-23 13:15

      "Death to America, but can we still wear your baseball caps?"

  • Goodstuff - 2012-09-21 14:26

    Please, the Isrealies have one of the best militaries in the world, they single handely won a war against 4 Arab countries in 6 or 7 days. Iran may have a ver big standing army, but the only thing really defending them is the mountains around Iran, makes it very difficult to invade. But their threats to hold the gulf and kill Israel is pure fantasie on their part. Iran would suffer so much ISlam hate if it destroyd any of the 'holy' sites in Israel. Let's just hope no-one does anything stupid.

  • Goodstuff - 2012-09-21 14:33

    Questioning the holocaust? He must not have history or discovery channel. Does he think 6 million Jews just vanished, moved to barbados or something? What a chop! Nothing in our history is as well documented as the 2nd World War and the crimes committed in it. Obviously only believes what his precious Anatolla or whatever tells him.

  • wgjooste - 2012-09-21 14:33

    Please watch this video on ron paul and his opinion about Iran and America:

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-21 15:15

      Goodstuff - 2012-09-21 15:18

      Great video, wish more people would not be influenced by greed, the republicans are full of senators and congressman fuelled by greed. They want war because of their own interests in companies like Lockhead Martin etc.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 15:41

      Unfortunately, while well meaning, he just doesn't have the substance or strength to really make a mark.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-21 15:52

      Like the man too , believe he is neccessary . Just think he's got economic and foreign policy wrong , idealist and nice guy.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-21 16:15

      @allcoveredninjas: "Rick Santorum made this very point in a strong rebuttal to Paul's answer, highlighting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim that "martyrdom" is the chief Iranian virtue in opposition to Paul's suggestion that a Cold War threat of "mutual assured destruction" would be effective against Iran. Michele Bachmann went further, declaring, "I have never heard a more dangerous answer for American security than the one we just heard from Ron Paul." . Any article citing quotes from those two clowns cannot be taken seriously..

      wgjooste - 2012-09-22 10:54

      @ allcoveredinNinjas , the article you posted is typical propaganda , that fact that the writer uses the word mullahs and how little he really knows about Iran , watch interviews with Ahmadinejad and talk to Iranians , western media focuses on paranoia , lets get everyone scared that Iran is gonna get a nuke and the first thing its gonna do is drop it on your city... Seriously ? I mean why Iran , why dont they get everyone worried about Pakistan or India or North-Korea , why dont they spin a story that Brazil (which also have a nuclear program) will sell their technology to Venezuela (which hates america because what america did to them) and bomb america. Sitting here I can suck a few scary scenarios out of my thumb and with the right media coverage I bet a few people will get scared... Go dig up some articles and videos CNN and fox news released before they entered Iraq , look at the choice of words , they had maps and graphs showing the effects of a chemical weapon dropped in NY... I mean come on... Go read the outcomes of the N.A.M which iran hosted , i promise you that if(when) iran attacked we will feel it financially and even more innocent people will die. I get sick when I hear people that love watching violence and war gets all excited about this... All of this makes you wonder why america is not telling Israel to stop what its doing !

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-21 14:41

    the problem in this world is that some of the countries like US,europeans,britishes and other countries they want to rule and control the world and poor weak countries(africa) for their own benefit,they go to poor weak countries to change regime.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 15:40

      This is a weak person's view of the world.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-21 15:44


      customdesign - 2012-09-21 16:26

      cry me a river

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-21 16:27

      Rather the view of someone lapping up too much zionist propaganda.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 17:18

      Anyone who says what Tom just said is deeply immersed in superficial and faulty street rhetoric plied by the very dictators and Jihadists at the lowest end of the human spectrum causing untold pain and misery to innocent Muslims, while labeling the free press useless. Can't be more upside down than that.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 17:19

      Salma, why on Earth would you support your own stoning?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 19:47

      God's will is for you to be stoned if you do not do as men tell you?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 21:33

      Or know better. This is a physical universe of time, space and FREE WILL. God doesn't interfere Salma, certainly not in the oppressive, punishing and chauvinistic way you imagine and have been led to believe and obey. God is love, pure love, more love than we can imagine.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 03:04

      Salma, you've misread what I wrote. Poignantly, you've misread it with a "Freudian-slip". That's precisely the point I was trying to make to you: you're allowing yourself to be abused at the hands of chauvinists. I recommend following that train of thought. Your Higher Self has popped it up for you so you can free yourself.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-21 15:11

    Shame, we've heard this kind of bold talk before, ummm who was it now.......well anyway he's dead. Amazing how stupid a government can be in the face of certain military defeat. Oh well, here we go again....

  • zebsonm - 2012-09-21 16:19

    looks like some folks are so proud the way israel rules the world by proxy.doomed iran may be compared to the mighty of usa and europe,perhaps that is the only way they guarantee their small communist regime has let anyone who cares to listen to know that yes it has several and still building on its nuclear arsenals.effect:uncle sam's voice has now grown hoarse and very hoarse indeed.there is obviously a lot of doubt as to what may or may not happen in the event the big uncle dicides to pound as most bloggas call it.that element of doubt is enough to keep any regime safe for many moons.the motivation has always been there to obliterate this small regime but with what concequencies?the only threat now is not military per ser but just noise polution when the big uncle holds his very costly war games with her two other friends,nothing more really.not so bad an example to follow for iran i supose.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 20:05

      Israel rules the world by proxy? Hahaha! What a totally weird and utterly racist thing to believe. Your brain and heart are cringing, crumpling up, at this ridiculous idea.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-09-21 16:25

    Its about time Iran flexes their muscles.The world cannot be held to ransom by Israel n US for so long.Russia,N Korea,China and Pakistan must ensure this maniacs dont plunge the world into an armageddon.

      customdesign - 2012-09-21 16:43

      North Korea? Really? Pakistan? If those countries are so nice why not go live their? I'd rather live in America or Israel than any of those places, especially North Korea.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-21 16:46

      Still laughing.

      customdesign - 2012-09-21 16:49


      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 17:35

      Dave, truly, you should study a bit and find out exactly what you're counting on to liberate the world. The Russian and Chinese governments literally have the worst human rights records of any country on Earth. They have butchered and tortured tens of millions of their citizens. DO you understand what this means? Did you like Apartheid? It was a fleeting moment compared to what happened in these two countries. Look up Mao's Cultural Revolution and Stalin. Those were before Communism. Do you know anything about Communism? A very oppressive and unsuccessful form of government, very similar to the dictatorships of Mao and Stalin that caused so much pain and suffering. Today Russia is neo-Communist, led by an ex-KGB officer who is jailing his political opponents and trying to form a dictatorship for himself. China is run by an unelected politburo and does the same thing as Putin in Russia. It's just a matter of how long the Russian and Chinese people will allow this to continue, in the modern, connected world. Not long, I assure you.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 20:08

      Then go and live in China, Patrick, and see what happens when you don't like what the government is doing and you express it in some way.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-21 22:12

      Iran does not have any muscle. It will all be over one fine wednesday afternoon.

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-09-21 16:53

    The Islamic Republic is undoubtedly a regional super power. They Shot down an American radar evading drone not so long ago. Then the US tried again to enter Iranian airspace with another sophisticated radar evading drone and Iran hacked into the drone's communication systems and landed it safely which was a huge embarrassment for Obama. The drone was paraded on the streets of Tehran. Obama ended up having to beg for his drone back. Iran also blinded a CIA spy satellite by shining a laser accurately into the lens of the satellite. This clearly shows that Iran is powerful and not to be messed with

      customdesign - 2012-09-21 16:56


      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-09-21 18:50

      Your avatar says it all did you know he got kicked out of the Congo with his tail between his legs

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-09-21 18:56

      In 1965 Guevara went to Congo to try and spark a revolution against the pro-Western regime, which had emerged after the assasination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba. Guevara's attempt was defeated by mercenaries led by Colonel "Mad Mike" Hoare.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-21 19:03

      They shot down a drone, therefor they must be powerful. Hi boet, the old SA apparently shot down a UFO over the Kalahari - look what happened to them. And your Che avatar - it's ironic.

      aiazmir - 2012-09-21 21:20

      The drone was brought down intact. You can't do that by hacking into its GPS. The Iranians have some advanced technologies, that they offered to the world today that will change the world as we know it. Check out the MT Keshe Foundation website.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-21 22:14

      Africa certainly is not the source of intelligence.

  • KennySven - 2012-09-21 16:54

    With a bit of luck and Mahmoud should be brown bread(Dead)by Xmas.Remember what happened in the 6 day war and the result? This time it's only piss willy Iran on it's own.The Iranian infantry are already packing running shoes in their back packs and learning Israeli for I surrender.

      customdesign - 2012-09-21 16:57


      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 17:38

      Ziyaad, yet another reactionary and violent comment. Do you really like innocent Muslims being killed and tortured by oppressive regimes? How much suffering do you really want for your community?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 20:57

      The many brave men you imagine are crazed Jihadists decimating your community and bringing your God into disrepute. Is that what you want? As to the dicttators, you make out like there was anything else in the Middle East. There wasn't, unfortunately. Your part of the world has been among the most oppressive, autocratic and violent. Blaming the US or anyone for that matter won't change things for the better. Blame is a waste of time and energy. It NEVER leads to ANY change. Personal responsibility does. And this unfortunately you're not accepting yet.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 03:17

      What are you talking about Salma. For an educated person, you sure are showing yourself to be uneducated. I recommend looking "blame" up in the dictionary.

      insawf.londt - 2012-09-22 09:03

      Mr. Fred, it’s quite clear to all of us from the freer world that you are a closed minded male chauvinist prick

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 15:50

      Again, notwithstanding what you Ego tells you, you only have authority to speak for yourself.

  • philhaj - 2012-09-21 18:03

    Israel cant attack Iran with the Syrian regime still in power and the sooner Hizbolah gets the 'wmd' the better 4 Iran

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-21 19:00

      Hajis don't have balls. - 2012-09-21 19:15

      Israel and the US would have attacked Iran a long time ago. We all know the latter are pro-wars. They should stop with the futile threats.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-21 20:19

      The same could be said for Israel, Salma. Think about it, even though to think of it is to induce even greater humiliation upon yourself. Five hundred million Arabs in 22 countries in a landmass 500 times greater than Israel, cannot uproot and defeat a tiny nation of six million Jews. All this makes islam and your god out to be nothing but weak and ineffective, unless it is allah's will that Israel survives and thrives.

      Raymon - 2012-09-21 20:48

      Salma,..... Wow... I hope you are good looking, otherwise, you're screwed. Hahaha.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-21 21:02

      Such a pity some people unwittingly support their own oppression, and greater oppression and suffering in our world. Some even do this joyfully.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 03:21

      Ah, okay, you're a low minded, vengeful person, Salma. Now it makes more sense. You're previous comments are more understandable now.

      insawf.londt - 2012-09-22 08:58

      Sister Salma, these male chauvinist are closed minded fools living in the era of the crusades, dont waste your time on them they a dying breed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 15:54

      Unfortunately you're both part of the old. The new generation thinks very differently. One hundred millions Muslims and counting have rejected the lies you're still choosing to believe, lies that are decimating your own community. You're at risk of being left behind.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-22 19:43

      Actually Salma, Islam is growing weaker by the day. The greater the number of Islamic adherents, the more diluted the quality. Weak dishwashing liqid by the ton, compared to 1 litre of solvent degreaser. Islam is hastening its demise by continually protesting against Western democratic freedoms, and the more you protest, and kill innocents, the harder the resolve of the civilised world will become. In the writings of Sun Tsu little red book, The Art of War, the most important point is 'not to fight a war that you have not already won". In a clash of the West versus Islam, the West has already won. Islam will foolishly believe that they will succeed under the protection of an increasingly weak and inneffecive allah.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-22 09:01

    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." This in 2012.

      insawf.londt - 2012-09-22 09:17

      and fred believes ladies are backward and that every decision a woman makes was influenced by MEN. and this in 2012

      insawf.londt - 2012-09-22 09:51

      gerhard kress, nice try, that crap exposes your ignorance!

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-22 10:19

    A army (foot soldiers) dont defeat a super power military is the art of warfare...clearly iran do not have the capability to defeat USA nor ISREAL..He and other military leaders renewed their pledge that Israel would be annihilated if they were saying those words for more than 50 yrs..egypt,lebonon,syria,a company form saudi arabia tried..and they failed..any general will knows..who rules the air..will win the war....iran still operating soviet military is cheap iran

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-22 10:48

      Iran cant operate at night..iranian do not have night capabilities..stil operating old soviet kilo submarines(3) a dozen midgit submarines lol..

  • pisciotta - 2012-09-23 13:16

    "Death to America, but can we still wear your baseball caps?"

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