Following are excerpts of statements by Iranian military commanders, from a TV report which aired onÂ LBCÂ TV onÂ May 3, 2009.
To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visitÂ http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2099.htm.Â
“I Do Not Think We Will Need More Than 11 Days to Wipe Israel Out Of Existence”
Voiceover: “Nothing can prevent Iranian missiles from targeting the heart of Israel, if Iran is subjected to a military strike by Israel. This was the response of the Iranian military commanders to the Israeli statements about a possible military strike against Iran, because of its insistence on obtaining nuclear energy. Yet an [Israeli] attack seems improbable to the Iranians, because Tel Aviv does not have the ability to go through a war with Tehran.”
* Â Â “According to the shari’a and the law, it is forbidden to obtain a nuclear bomb.”Â Other Islamic authorities differ. Â (thanks to Robert)
- And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) toÂ threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. (8:60)
Iranian Chief-of-Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi: “We are fully prepared to confront any attack that would threaten the interests of Iran. We have sufficient means and the necessary force to defend our territory.”
General Ataollah Salehi, general commander of the Iranian army: “The truth is that Israel does not have the courage to attack us. If we are subjected to any attack by Israel, I do not think we will need more than 11 days to wipe Israel out of existence.”
Voiceover: “Tehran denies that its military preparations are aimed at attacking any neighboring country. Iran justifies its military preparedness as a means to defend Iran and the region, which may alleviate the fears and concerns of countries in the region.”
“Our Military Capabilities Are Not Meant to Threaten the Neighboring Countries – But Only to DefendÂ Iran“
General Yahya Rahim Safavi, Khamenei’s chief advisor on military affairs: “Our military capabilities are not meant to threaten the neighboring countries, but only to defend Iran. Iran strives for peace, security, and stability with the countries in the region.”
General Reza Pourdastan, commander of the Iranian army ground forces: “The neighboring countries can rest assured that by no means will we attack any country.”
Voiceover: “But fears about Iran’s missiles remain, especially among Western countries, concerned that Iran might arm its missiles with nuclear warheads, since the superpowers doubt that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. This is categorically denied by Tehran, which says that according to theÂ shari’aÂ and the law, it is forbidden to obtain a nuclear bomb.”
- Yawn. Why report theirÂ bullshit. We all know that Iran is building the bomb and that the mullah’s lie about it. Why are Western reporters so eager to repeat this crap?