While tensions eased slightly with Iran this week after the U.S. stopped escorting vessels through the straits of Hormuz, all is not well in the region.
Troubling new comments by Iran's top general shows a regime increasingly desperate for economic success and shows they may be willing to commit suicide for the mere chance of it. The comments also show just how effective U.S. sanctions against the country have been.
We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for us; we welcome war with the US as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power
Stated the Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami in an interview with state-run TV on Wednesday.
His comments came after US Secretary of State John Kerry was in the region, attempting to rebuild ties with Israel over the U.S.'s revised Iran policy.
The General contradicted himself, first uttering those violent threats yet then going on to say that the era of using force and military power is over. We went on to trumpet Iran's Revolutionary Guard as one of the world's top militaries, likely to rally support from a population that is constantly oppressed and increasingly starved of first-world goods thanks to record sanctions.
Prior to being taken over by radical Islam, Iran was the most progressive middle eastern country, with a flourishing arts and culture scene, political freedoms and a free-speaking population.
Now those days seem like a distant memory as the country is controlled by radical clerics who are intent on propagating their violence-infused theocracy across the region.
Salami warned of this yesterday, stating that any military aggression against Iran would ignite a worldwide Muslim war on the US and its interests across the globe. Iran is a known state sponsor of terror and has been linked to Hezbollah, Syrian rebels and even ISIS.
The general long-winded and rambling speech highlight that while Iran may have a large standing army, international sanctions are devastating for the country. He talked openly and repeatedly about ending the sanctions, demonstrating just how front of the mind they are for Iran's top officials.
The State Department had no comments on the General's speech.