Crossfire War – Iran Warns Strait of Hormuz Will Be Blocked in Case of War

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Crossfire War – Rapid Fire News=Tehran – Baghdad – Damascus Watch – West Asia – North – Northeast Africa Theatre: Iran Revolutionary Guard Commander Issues Series of Warnings to Israel – US – Neighboring Countries if Iran is Attacked – Oil Traffic in Strait of Hormuz Will be Blocked

Night Watch: TEHRAN – “If there is a confrontation between us and the enemy from outside the region, definitely the scope will reach the oil issue.” That was a quote from the commander of the Iran Revolutionary Guards, Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, as he issued a series of warnings to Israel, the U. S. and neighboring countries who may allow U. S. forces in bases there to attack Iran. This past week economic analysts on CNBC World/Asia estimated the price of a barrel of oil would reach $250 due to Iran’s response when attacked. Tehran is aware besides ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads they can also use the economic weapon of the price of oil. The Jerusalem Post reports his observations and warnings were made through an interview with the Iranian paper Jam-e-Jam. Regarding Israel Jafari stated, “This country is completely within the range of the Islamic republic’s missiles. Our missile power and capability are such that the Zionist regime-despite all its abilities-cannot confront it.” Concerning neighboring countries, like Kuwait-Iraq-Bahrain, that have U. S. bases which could be used against Iran Jafari responded, “If enemies from outside the region (US) use the soil of regional countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the governments of those countries will be responsible and it is our obvious right to act in the same way against their military capabilities and ability of enemies anywhere.” [JPOST]

Jafari summed up the effectiveness of any enemy offensive action by saying, “There is the possibility that by attacking Iranian nuclear sites the enemy wants to delay our nuclear activities, but any interruption would be very short since Iranian scientific ability is different from that of Syria and Iraq.” He is referring to Israel destroying Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 and a Syrian nuclear base last September but both of those facilities were out in the open which is not the case with Iran. I have always suspected the Iranian sites, so often shown on the news, are dummy sites, decoys with the most important facilities subterranean and nuclear bomb proof, sites which were never examined by the circus inspections arranged by Tehran for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Though an Iranian official with their Defense Ministry stated several years ago they will not let the U. S. attack first, when U. S. President George W. Bush first began discussing attacking Iran as an option on the table, these current statements by Iran’s military-political-spiritual leaders indicate they have no fear of any initial offensive against them. Tehran can easily use an enemy first strike to appear to be just another regional victim of military aggression from the U. S.-Israel something a lot of Muslims in the region would identify with.

April 27, 2006 crossfirewar.com linked the article from the London based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on details they had received on Tehran’s military response to an enemy attack. Sources informed them the response is an offensive designated Judgment Day and not only involves missile attacks on Israel and U. S. bases in the region, but also the activating of terror cells in Western Europe-North America, against countries that have opposed Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The same countries, France-Britain-Germany-U. S. that have led the economic sanctions against Iran. Tehran would also have their regional military contacts like Hezbollah-Hamas and the Mahdi Army begins their offensives and no doubt Syria will also enter the fighting. Iran has been preparing for this ever since the end of the 1980-88 Iran/Iraq war as they witnessed the spread of Islamic extremism from North Africa to Indonesia as a result of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran led by the Ayatollah Khomeini and at the same time they realized the world was eager to arm them. Every arms dealer and weapons manufacturer knows the Jihad pays well not to mention scientists and technicians.

Jerusalem – General Jafari’s remarks were made the same day Debka reported the Pentagon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and U. S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead had ended their one day meeting in Israel with Israel Defense Force (IDF) commanders. Iran’s preparations and their obvious threat to not only Israel but to the West gives the West and Israel no other choice. As if the Allies have finally realized the longer it takes to attack Iran the more time Iran will have to increase its nuclear stockpile and Tehran has openly indicated recently they are ready to export nuclear weaponry to Syria-Serbia. The Speaker of Iran’s Parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, has often spoken of the West’s miscalculations in dealing with Iran and what the West really underestimated was the level of hatred, not only in Iran, but throughout the region for the West and its long and current history of attempting to manipulate and control events there. The Ayatollah Khomeini was in exile in a Paris suburb when he overthrew the Shah of Iran. Industrial groups in France and the West thought they could use him to cause disturbances just between Russia and Iran which would provide Russia reasons to re-occupy Iran as they did during World War II with the British. That would reduce the cost of Iran’s oil exports which would be controlled by the West through Moscow. [DEBKA]

This is not the war the West intended. Governments in the West are completely out of their depth and I think they have finally realized Israel was never the main target of Tehran’s foreign policy. One does not become a major international presence by trying to conquer the sand and desert of Israel or the salt in the Dead Sea. The Persian mentality in Iran realizes you only become that prominent by defeating other powerful international alliances like NATO. Governments in the West had no idea when the sent Khomeini back to Tehran from Paris they were laying the foundation for World War III.

Willard Payne is an international affairs analyst who specializes in International Relations. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a concentration in East-West Trade and East-West Industrial Cooperation, he has been providing incisive analysis to NewsBlaze. He is the author of Imagery: The Day Before.