We also said that when all is said and done we would be facing Russia and China amongst others. It is all coming to fruition! Bush now has his excuse to go after Iran, we have Russia reasserting its presence in Syria with the reopening of a long closed naval Base and Russia and China are holding additional joint military exercises and tossing thinly veiled warnings to the US. This is all really beginning to ramp up and I do not see any way to avoid it as all sides think they can win their way militarily. The entire world will be the losers.
Recent events to this end: Last Wednesday we talked about the fact that Bush finally had his reason to do his half in further instigating a furtherance of the Iraq war that will be a middle east war before it encompasses the entire world.
The United States has named Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group. The IRGC, with 200,000 soldiers, controls large parts of the Iranian economy and was believed to have assets in Europe. It is the first time the U.S. has put a foreign government's military agency on the list, which includes the Al Qaeda network and the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. The estimated 200,000-strong Revolutionary Guards is an elite force separate from Iran's regular military and has its own ground, naval and air units.
I saw this as a direct threat to Iran. Well of course the expected response is now given from a senior cleric and a Revolutionary Guard leader. IE: The U.S. move to blacklist Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group will be a matter of pride for the organization said a senior Iranian cleric in the official weekly sermon on Friday. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami who does not hold a government post but once a month delivers the official Friday prayer sermon, told thousands of worshippers at Tehran University in a speech broadcast on radio that the designation showed that the Guards were doing something right.
"I believe the U.S. decision for including the Guards in the list of terrorist organizations is an honor and a golden card in their file," he said. "Whenever your enemy is saying something bad about an organization, it shows that the organization has been effective," he added.
That tells me that the Revolutionary guard is a lot more involved in Iraq than is being admitted. Then the Guard is heard from giving the expected response.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to "punch" the U.S., in their first response to Washington's plan to list them as a terrorist organization, newspapers reported Saturday. Local press in the Iranian capital of Tehran quoted Revolutionary Guards leader Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi saying that he could understand Washington's ire toward the group because of their "leverage" against the U.S.
"America will receive a heavier punch from the guards in the future," he was quoted as saying in the conservative daily Kayhan. "We will never remain silent in the face of U.S. pressure and we will use our leverage against them."
Those are the responses you would expect as both sides now have their excuse to further instigate an all out confrontation that will encompass the entire middle east and then the world. Many of us have said numerous times in our conversations that this entire mess is just getting started and before all is said and done we will also be facing at the least, Russia and China. Now they are threatening!
Both Moscow and Beijing share a heightening distrust of what they see as the United States' oversized role and influence in global politics, and the two former Cold War rivals have forged a "strategic partnership" aimed at counterbalancing Washington's policies. The Russian-Chinese war games, which took place near the Urals Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, coincided with Russian air force maneuvers involving 20 strategic bombers which ranged far over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.
The group of strategic bombers, early warning aircraft, fighter jets and refueling planes represented the biggest show of Russian air power in that region since the early 1990s, said Brig. Gen. Ole Asak, chief of the Norwegian Joint Air Operations Center. NATO in recent years has expanded to include the former Soviet republics of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
It is unbelievable to me to think that Bush does not realize that when all is said and done and the war in the middle east ramps up as Iran and the US go after each other, that Russia and China will step in to help Iran. Bush's drive for war and new middle east order will soon be WW3 and total disorder. Can anyone see this possibly being avoided?