Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, Reza Sajjadi, promises swift and hefty military retaliation to any U.S. military adventurism against his country.
The ambassador said on Wednesday that any U.S. aggression will be met with Iranian military strikes on U.S. targets throughout the world, to which Sajjadi claims the Iranians have “full access,” according to IRNA the country’s state-run media. Sajjadi said that Iran is capable enough to “teach the U.S. an unforgettable lesson,” but that Iran has no plan for pre-emptive strikes on U.S. targets.
As Israel continues to allude to the possibility of a strike against the Islamic Republic and the effect of tougher sanctions put on Iran by the United States and Europe begin to affect the Iranian people, tensions in the region are heightened.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his officials to stop “blabbing” about the possibility of an attack targeting Iran’s nuclear program. And over the past several days, President Barack Obama has attempted to brush off any questions about the possibility of a U.S. strike against the country.
“I’ve been very clear — we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and creating a nuclear arms race in a volatile region,” Obama said.
As anti-government activists continue to be brutalized by Syrian President Bashar Assad to the dismay of American officials, Iran and Russia continue to offer support to the Syrian regime. According to Al Arabiya news channel, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard recently deployed 15,000 armed troops to Syria in order to help Assad in his fight against opposition forces.
Some foreign policy experts believe that the conflict in Syria is an opportune moment for the Israelis to launch attacks against Iran. If the United States becomes involved in Syria, where Iranian influence is heavy, many foreign policy watchers say that the Islamic Republic will be greatly weakened because Assad is controlled heavily by Iranian influence.
Russia’s willingness to back the governments in Iran and Syria has posed a major stumbling block for U.S. efforts to push its agenda in the region. The current state of affairs could raise a Cold War-style proxy conflict between the United States and Russia.
Leonid Ivashov, former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, likened Western policy in the Mideast to Adolf Hitler’s European strategy in World War II during a recent interview that aired on Russia Today.
“Everybody should acknowledge that Fascism is making strides on our planet. What they did in Libya is nearly identical to what Hitler and his armies did against Poland and then Russia,” he said. “Today, therefore, Russia is defending the entire world from Fascism.”