Iran’s Fury Toward US Escalates In Aggressive Means
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard blew up a replica of a US warship during its live-fire war games conducted near the entrance of the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, Iranians burned an effigy of US President Barack Obama during their celebration of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The simulated attack on an emblem of US naval power and the burning of Obama’s effigy were broadcasted across Iranian television networks. Iran’s display of aggression toward U.S. comes as the 5+1 world powers try to reach final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by March 31.
Iran Can Sink US Warship In The Event Of War
The replica of the US aircraft carrier was attacked by rockets and guns fired from a dozen Iranian speedboats participating in the war games called “Great Prophet 9.” Iran had always conducted military drills in the past, but this is the first time it has simulated an attack aimed at the United States, specifically an emblem of America’s naval prowess.
“American aircraft carriers are very big ammunition depots housing a lot of missiles, rockets, torpedoes and everything else,” the Revolutionary Guard’s navy chief, Adm. Ali Fadavi, said in an interview aired on Iranian state television. He added that a direct missile hit will result to a massive secondary explosion.
Ali Fadavi had also been quoted saying the Guard can sink American warships should war erupt. He added that the American naval vessels were easy targets and Iran wants to see such ships sinking.
The Guard’s chief commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the simulated attack is a way for Iran to showcase its military might to “extraterritorial powers,” a reference to the U.S.
Iran Blew up a Hollywood Movie Set
The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet stationed in Bahrain said they are monitoring the Iranian war games. The Spokesman for the fleet, Cmdr. Kevin Stephens said the U.S. military was “not concerned about this exercise.”
“We’re quite confident of our naval forces’ ability to defend themselves. It seems they’ve attempted to destroy the equivalent of a Hollywood movie set,” Stephens told AP.
Death To America
On Feb 11, during the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranians hung an effigy of Obama and carried signs of State Secretary John Kerry depicted as a devious fox. The hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” according to a report from The Middle East Media and Research Institute or MEMRI.
In an address given during the anniversary celebration, Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi gave a scathing criticism of the 5+1 world powers. He said the coalition of U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany “is a coalition against humanity and against Islam.”
In a separate address given by Defense Minister Hossein Deghan on Feb 15, he said the support expressed by many Iranians during the celebration is a sign that the Islamic Revolution is emerging and continuing to evolve in Islamic States. He said such development is angering the West.
One of Tehran’s Assembly of Experts member Ahmad Khatami, while delivering a scathing sermon, said that he is seeing the Iranians’ hatred toward America gradually growing. He also criticized U.S. efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine, saying it does not achieve anything.
“The Iranian people’s hatred for America grows from year to year. The American fled in disgrace from every place they entered. America entered Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen but what did it achieve? It entered the Ukraine but achieved nothing but popular hatred. It is America that is stuck and whose hands are tied,” Khatami said as quoted by MEMRI.