Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Iran Threatens the US

Hizbollah's Chief Spokesperson tells Reuters that once Ayatollah Khamenei gives the word, they will attack US and Israeli interests worldwide:

Iran's Hizbollah says ready to attack US, Israel
Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:09 PM ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Hizbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide.

"We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year," said Iranian Hizbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom.

"They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardise Israel and America's interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader's green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three ... we welcome it," he said.

Iranian religious organisations have made great public show of recruiting volunteers for "martyrdom-seeking operations" in recent years, usually threatening U.S. interests in case of any attack against the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

It's unlikely that Ahmadinejad and Khamanei would be out of step on so basic a question as to whether to give the US an easy reason to attack Iran. Since I can't imagine that they actually want the US to attack, I assume that this must be an empty threat - or at least one they hope they don't have to carry through on.

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