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Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatens to "punch" U.S.
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, August 18, 2007

The possibility of being declared a terrorist organization apparently has moved the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to issue a threat against the U.S.:
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to "punch" the U.S., in their first response to Washington's plan to list them as a terrorist organization, newspapers reported Saturday.

Local press in the Iranian capital of Tehran quoted Revolutionary Guards leader Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi saying that he could understand Washington's ire toward the group because of their "leverage" against the U.S.

"America will receive a heavier punch from the guards in the future," he was quoted as saying in the conservative daily Kayhan. "We will never remain silent in the face of U.S. pressure and we will use our leverage against them."
No mention of what that "leverage" might be, but you have to assume it has to do with shia militia groups in Iran as well as the possibility of stepping up attacks there. Of course the designation of the IRG as a terrorist organization would open a wide range of options against IRG assets for the US which could severely hamper the IRG and its options. And from that designation could come "derivative designations" in which companies who do business with the IRG would also have sanctions placed against them. The IRG has controlling interests in everything from construction to oil.

Although the designation hasn't been made official, I'd have to say by the reaction in Iran thus far, it is something they're concerned with. This would be the first time the US has ever designated the foreign government's military agency as a terrorist organization, but frankly, I think the move would be warranted.
 
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"Revolutinary"
Err. How ’bout:
"Revolutionary"
Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Short form of their statement: "Better not call us terrorists. If you do, we’ll retaliate with terrorism."
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Short form of their statement: "Better not call us terrorists. If you do, we’ll retaliate with terrorism."

They may also taunt us.
 
Written By: Joe
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a "heavier punch"?

isn’t this kind of an admission that they’re attacking the US in Iraq right now?
 
Written By: ChrisB
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The could publish a signed confession and the lefties wouldn’t support any Bush action against them.
 
Written By: jpm100
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As far as I know the US still doesn’t recognize Iran’s "revolutionary" government. Frankly, I don’t see why we don’t designate their entire "state" as a terrorist organization.
 
Written By: peter jackson
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Something that perplexes me about threats of this sort is that they imply that there are currently attacks that could be made but aren’t. Does anyone find that credible?
 
Written By: Dave Schuler
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Something that perplexes me about threats of this sort is that they imply that there are currently attacks that could be made but aren’t.

Do you think the Iraqi insurgents have what Hizballah had left year? If so, you’re not paying attention.
 
Written By: glasnost
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This would be the first time the US has ever designated the foreign government’s military agency as a terrorist organization,

How many other state military agencies could be labeled terrorist organizations under the set of criteria being used?

"terrorist" and "american enemy" are well on their way to interchangeable meaning, but I doubt the rest of the world agrees. The long-term result will be a disintegration of the international consensus on the relevance of the term. Then the hawks can blame the UN.
 
Written By: glasnost
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terrorist" and "american enemy" are well on their way to interchangeable meaning, but I doubt the rest of the world agrees. The long-term result will be a disintegration of the international consensus on the relevance of the term. Then the hawks can blame the UN.
in Glasnost land that is a BAD thing...

But Glasnost has spoken some truth, BECAUSE no one can stand up to the US or Britain for that matter, to be our enemy virtually DICTATES the use of terrorism....

You see though you didn’t mean to be Glasnost you hit upon a truth, live it learn, our enemies have to rely on TERROR, because they can not win a stand up fight with the US and the Angloshpere, such is our economic-military dominace.
 
Written By: Joe
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"terrorist" and "american enemy" are well on their way to interchangeable meaning,
That’s only true if the "American enemy" engages in "terrorism" or supports it. In both cases that’s true about Iran. So I guess I don’t get your point.
 
Written By: McQ
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Do you think the Iraqi insurgents have what Hizballah had left year? If so, you’re not paying attention.

Written By: glasnost


Wait, what? you are making even less sense than usual.

The Iranians only understand and respect force. we need to target the Islamic ruling council at all times with cruise missiles and let them know they will be the first ones going to meet Allah if they screw with us.
 
Written By: kyleN
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No mention of what that "leverage" might be, but you have to assume it has to do with shia militia groups in Iran as well as the possibility of stepping up attacks there.
I can assume this is supposed to be Iraq?
 
Written By: shark
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So they are admitting to working in Iraq. Lovely.

Can we bomb them even further back into the stone-age yet?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Of course the designation of the IRG as a terrorist organization would open a wide range of options against IRG assets for the US which could severely hamper the IRG and its options. And from that designation could come "derivative designations" in which companies who do business with the IRG would also have sanctions placed against them.
Further sanctions and called a bad name.
But Glasnost has spoken some truth, BECAUSE no one can stand up to the US or Britain for that matter, to be our enemy virtually DICTATES the use of terrorism....
Perhaps they choose it because it is effective if they can take the sanctions and name calling.
Can we bomb them even further back into the stone-age yet?
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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They may also taunt us.

What? A second time?
 
Written By: Achillea
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