Iran's Plan to Attack?
CNN Headline News with Glen Beck (February 8, 2007)
Glenn Beck: Alright if you’ve been thinking to yourself that Iran has been awfully quite lately, well then you are in luck. Their Supreme Leader, who you almost never hear from but who is ultimately in charge of everything that goes on in his country came out of his hole today and saw his shadow and said quote:
Khamenie: “The enemy knows well, that any invasion would be followed by a comprehensive reaction to the invaders and their interest all over the world.”
I’m not really sure but I think that means six more weeks until Armageddon. The ayatollah, not a man to be taken lightly although President Tom gets all the headlines it is the Ayatollah the one with all the real power. When he says jump, Tom says, how high. Alireza Jafarzadeh is a man who revealed the clandestine nuclear facilities in Iran in 2002; he is also the author of The Iran Threat. Alireza is this just posturing or what does this statement mean today?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much Glenn, it is a great pleasure to be on your show. This is not just posturing. This is real. This is serious.
Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader has an agenda. They have a global view believing in the global Islamic rule. They want to turn the entire countries in the region into an Islamic Republic modeled after Iran and expand their rule beyond the Iranian borders establishing global Islamic rule and they are on schedule in doing that.
Glenn Beck: So what is this statement, why did this statement come out today? What does it mean that he made this statement?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: I think the Iranian regime is scared now. They are afraid that the international community is going to get tough on them, both on the nuclear weapons program of Iran as they get closer and closer to their February 21rst deadline and then with what is happening in Iraq, the Iranian regime is trying to stir up the situation in Iraq. They are going on the offensive in terms of rhetoric, threatening the rest of the world saying, “If you stand in our way, we are going to confront you. This is meant to deter the international community and we should not be beguiled by that.
Glenn Beck: This is not a, as I take it, and when did you leave Iran?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, I left Iran to come to the United States in the mid 1970s to study but I went back to Iran after the Revolution and I could sense how things were moving in the wrong direction very soon after the revolution. I have been in touch with the network inside Iran for more than twenty years or so.
Glenn Beck: Ok, so you know it from the inside out and the reason why I say this is not just saber rattling, and show where I’m going wrong here is the people do not support this regime and they want democracy, they want freedom and when a regime feels collapse is close as it is in Iran, they will make good on that promise, am I wrong?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: You are absolutely correct Glenn because this is a regime that is highly unpopular among its own population. The vast majority of the Iranian people are opposed to this regime, particularly the younger generation which is the majority of the population. There is an organized opposition all over the country. This is the same opposition that revealed all of the major nuclear sites of Iran know as the National Council of Resistance of Iran. When Ahmadinejad went last month to a university in Tehran he was confronted by the students. They called him a dictator. They burned his pictures in front of his own eyes. It was a very daring act by the students knowing that they could be arrested, that they could be jailed, and they could be killed. There were some four thousand anti government demonstrations all over the country in the past year all throughout the country, from the oil rich province down South called Khuzestan, to the Kurdish region, to the northwest province of Azerbaijan and the capital, Tehran where bus drivers were on strike. So there is tremendous potential inside Iran and an organized opposition. I think the international community should recognize that and try to explore that.
So if you have the Iranian leaders saying that we are
going to kick up some war, we are threatening, etcetera,
etcetera, do they actually have any teeth? Will the
Iranian people fight the U.S. and the rest of the Middle
East if they trump up some charge that we are coming
across their border? Will the Iranian people be
convinced by their leaders?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: There is nothing that could rally the Iranian people behind the Iranian regime ruling dictators. There is no way, there is nothing…
Then why should we fear them?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: They have a network of their won. It is a small group. They have the deadliest force in terms of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, what they are doing in Iraq. They have these terrorist groups that they are supporting and they have nuclear weapons program that they are developing. At the same time, they have their own Achilles heel. As you correctly said, is their internal situation. So at the same time the threat is for real, but there is a solution to it and this regime is vulnerable and they could be confronted only and only if the United States would pursue the right policy, reaching out to the Iranian opposition, trying to strengthen and empower the Iranian opposition and help them, not hindering their efforts in Iran but also in Iraq.
Glenn Beck: Alireza, thank you very much.