Iranian Officials: This is The Century of a Worldwide Islamic Awakening
The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, addressing participants in Tehran's 28th International Holy Quran Contests, said on Tuesday that the revolutions and popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa show that God definitely fulfills His promises. He further emphasized that the regional nations' uprisings are a "clear indication of the fact that Allah's promises mentioned in the Holy Quran are definitely materialized."
Khamenei then declared the Holy Quran as "the most important means and factor of unity, honor and dignity, and power for the Islamic Ummah (community), adding that lack of belief in Quranic concepts and divine promises "has practically prevented unity, honor and dignity, power and mightiness of the Islamic Ummah."
Then on Wednesday, July 6th, the Iranian Supreme Leader's Advisor for Military Affairs, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the ex-chief commander of the Guards, stated that the Muslim states' main share in control over the world's vital energy corridors has provided Islamic nations with an excellent chance to control the world economy. He reminded the Islamic nations that their rich energy resources are their source of power, giving Muslims the capability to control the world economy.
Safavi further elaborated that "[a]bout 80 percent of the world trade is done through sea voyage and cargo fleets and these fleets of cargo ships will pass through the world's strategic straits. Meantime, Islamic countries are located on both sides of these strategic bottlenecks, which we call 'compulsory passages.' Thus it can be said that Muslim states can come into control of the world economy." He added that the same case is true even with military issues such as in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the U.S. dispatched over 200,000 troops through the very same vital and strategic waterways.
Safavi went on to say that the U.S. claims to have the world's number-one army, while the main part of its forces, military strategy, and power lies with its Navy; and because of that, it is vulnerable to Muslim nations, given the Islamic states' control over strategic waterways. He then pointed to the recent popular uprisings in the region, and stressed that the 21st century will witness the emergence of a new power under the name of the "Muslim World."
"God willing, we should name the current century as the century of Islamic Awakening," Safavi underscored, adding that not only Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain, but also a number of other nations in the Middle East and North Africa will eventually succeed in regaining power and controlling their fate in the next few years.
The Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, in demanding the removal of U.S. forces from the region, said: "In one way or another they should be removed." Then he added that "[t]he regional nations showed that they want Islamic populism and seek the rule of the Holy Quran. Therefore, there has remained no more room or option left for the U.S., Britain and Zionists in the Islamic region."
Back in March, I reported on the statements of the commander of the Basij organization, Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, in which he claimed that all Middle East gas and oil will soon be cut off to infidels, elaborating that "[s]eventy percent of the world's fossil fuel reserve is under the feet of the soldiers of the Supreme Leadership and soon oil and gas fields belonging to Muslims, which is now in the hands of America, will fall into the hands of the people. That will be the time when all those overlords will have sanctions put on them." He added: "The enemy is heavily dependent on this energy and the events in the region have them quite agitated. This, of course, provides us with a hopeful future."
It is clear that the Iranian leaders are looking at the recent events in the Middle East with an eye to controlling the outcome to be one of anti-West sentiment, and that it will be played out to unite Muslims against Americans and Israelis.
With the radicals ruling Iran engaging us on several fronts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya and others; with Iran continuing to incite the populace in the region to overthrow U.S.-backed governments; with their progress on the missile delivery front; and with their pursuit of the nuclear bomb; it is time for President Obama and his administration to realize that the Iranian leaders are a grave danger to our national security and also to global stability. A nuclear-armed Iran must not be allowed! Nuclear bombs in the hands of jihadists should be a red line for the free world.
We must realize that unless and until we understand the ideology of the radicals ruling Iran, we will continue to miscalculate our approach, but this time, humanity will pay dearly if we fail to understand the threat.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double-life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, published by Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, April 2010.