Iran says pre-emptive strike on 'enemies' possible
21-Feb-2012 (one comment)

An Iranian military commander has said Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered.

Mohammad Hejazi, deputy head of Iran's armed forces, made his comments to the Iranian Fars news agency.

Iran is facing mounting international pressure over its controversial nuclear programme.

On Monday it unveiled fresh military exercises in the south that it said was to protect its nuclear sites.

"Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran's national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions," Mr Hejazi told Fars.

The BBC's Iran correspondent James Reynolds says Iran's military and political leaders routinely stress that they are capable of defeating the country's enemies should the need arise.

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One man is dragging Iran down as Hitler did to Germany in 1945

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RE: Move toward nuclear progress comes to abrupt end

There will be no light in the tunnel after all.  Once again Khamenei forecloses escape.  His hatred of the West and western culture borders on the psychotic. That also explains accelerating Saudi-izatin policies and social policing.

Imagine Milosevic or Hitler with nukes to grasp why the prospect of Kamenei's regime with unsupervised "peaceful"nukes scares everyone.  This is not a normal regime but an aggressive one and Khamenei is not a normal leader. 

Many principalists are sick of aggressive intentions and schemes.  They would be more than willing to make concessions on Iran's nuclear program because it could eliminate sanctions and reduce war pressures.  But Khamenei says "NO!"

Many principlists would gladly prefer more amical relations with neighbors and the world and prefer diplomatic relations with the USA, knowing both they and the Iranian people would benefit.   But Khamenei says "NO!"