IRGC Chief: Iran Must Adopt Strategy To Defeat US

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, delivered a speech recently in which he looked back 43 years on the period of Iran’s “Islamic Revolution” and stated that Iran today has adopted a contrasting strategic perspective. with the decline of the United States. He said that while the United States had global power decades ago, today it no longer has the dominance and influence that it once had.

“Today, a powerful Islamic Iran is a rival of the United States. This battle is taking place in all fields, and the mobilization has played a fundamental and decisive role in this competition and the neutralization of Western ideas in society,” he said. He praised the youth of Iran and the revolutionary spirit that he believes guides Iran today. He said that the “revolution” has paid off and is growing today. “We have been through all the ups and downs of these epic and eventful years, and we have become familiar with the plans of the Basij [revolutionary guard youth paramilitaries] and we’ve seen it up close in the field. ”

He said that many years ago Iran was in the dark, dominated by foreign colonialists. This created an intellectual stagnation, “the freezing of thought in the ice of consciousness, in the darkness of ignorance.” He says that Western models of thought had damaged the country and ruined its Islamic and national identity. “Where there is strategic thinking, in the current sense of strategic thinking, the nation rules its own destiny,” he says.

He maintains that in the past the country had only thought at the tactical level and that now it has become a strategic player in the world. “There is an intermediate level that receives the strategic level of thinking and translates it to the tactical level and is called the intermediate and operational level,” he said. He added: “Iran lacked a level of strategic thinking.” He said that the West had confused Iran and that Iran was somehow caught up in the gravity of the power and influence that the United States had in the region. It was not independent, but part of an American pillar of foreign policy. “It was Iran that, due to its geographic location, size and economic power, could act as a regional operator to promote American policies.” But Iran broke free from the United States and can now act strategically. It says that Islam “came to break the shackles of captivity from the hands and feet of this human being … Islam came in the atmosphere of the Islamic Revolution,” he said.

Then came the war. Iran has faced Iraq in the 1980s and has been involved in other conflicts since. “These 43 years have been filled with the history of a continuous and uninterrupted world war.” But overall, Iran has worn down the Americans, he claimed. “The American you see today is far from [America of before]. At that time, 40% of the world economy and world wealth was at its [America’s] hands. Its nuclear bombs had exploded in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and all of Western Europe was under its political control. It controlled all strategic positions in the world and dominated all political institutions. This domain exists today, but to a lesser extent; The United States today is much weaker than it was 43 years ago, and in the relative position between us and him, this inequality is gradually leveling out. ” His point is that the region is reaching a denouement where the power of the United States will diminish enough for Iran to take control. For US allies and partners, this is a key moment to see how they might challenge this IRGC concept.

Hossein Salami (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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