Pledging fealty to ‘vilayat e faqih’ in Iran’s impending war with the West

What is going on in and with Iran is not a drill. Iran is making serious war preparations, some of which have been made public. As you will see below, it is not simply talk; Iran is doing concrete, expensive, and serious war planning. A description of Iran’s Judgement Day plan in an Arab daily includes battle plans and an Islamic term new to us, vilayat e faqih:

The plan includes three steps, which Asharq al Awsat has examined in earlier reports. The source gave more details about how the plan will be implemented. He said, “Most of Iran’s visitors in the last four months, including the leaders of revolutionary groups in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon, as well as the heads of Hezbollah cells in the Persian Gulf and Europe and North America were asked, when they met with the Iranian intelligence minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ezhei and his aides: are you ready to defend the Islamic revolution and vilayat e faqih? If you agree to take part in the great jihad, what would you need to be ready for the great fight?….According to Iran, the latest military plan includes:

1 – A missile strike directly targeting the US bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq , as soon as nuclear installations are hit.
2 – Suicide operations in a number of Arab and Muslim countries against US embassies and missions and US military bases and economic and oil installations related to US and British companies. The campaign might also target the economic and military installations of countries allied with the United States .
3 – Launch attacks by the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran against US and British forces in Iraq , from border regions in central and southern Iraq .
4 – Hezbollah to launch hundreds of rockets against military and economic targets in Israel .

According to the source, in case the US military attacks continue, more than 50 Shehab-3 missiles will be targeted against Israel and the al Quads Brigades will give the go-ahead for more than 50 terrorists cells in Canada, the US and Europe to attack civil and industrial targets in these countries. What about the last stage in the plan? Here, the Iranian source hesitated before saying with worry; this stage might represent the beginning of a world war, given that extremists will seek to maximize civilian casualties by exploding germ and chemical bombs as well as dirty nuclear bombs across western and Arab cities.

Sigh. Yet another term, like Taqqiyya, that we never wanted to learn. It refers to a work by Ayatollah Khomeini outlining his view that Islamic societies should be primitive, with fundamentalist preachers in charge of every aspect of everyday life and government. Here is vilayat e faqih, from an explication of Iran’s Islamic constitution:

The theoretical foundation for the government established by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 was his view of the relationship between Islam and the state as codified in his work Velayat-e Faqih. Translated as “[G]overnment of the Islamic [J]urists,” this work is a compendium of lectures delivered by Khomeini to his students in the city of Najaf, Iraq in 1969, six years after he had been exiled by the Shah for his criticism of the regime. In Velayat-e Faqih, Khomeini propounded the view that there should be no distinction between religion and government in an Islamic state. Like Ayatollah Nuri, Khomeini believed that modern government should closely resemble the theocratic Muslim community of the early years of Islam in which the only legitimate rulers are the clergy, who have assumed the mantle of leadership directly from Mohamad through the Imams. The principle that “`the foqaha, religious leaders, are the trustees of the Prophet,’ means that all tasks entrusted to the Prophet must also be fulfilled by the foqaha…as a matter of duty.” There is no doubt, according to Khomeini, that “the imam…designated the foqaha…to exercise the functions of both government and judgeship.”

A rude person might say: well, bring it on, Ayatollah; vilayat e faqih-you. We are not rude, however, and in any event, no encouragement of Iran is needed. We believe they fully intend to bring it on. The more bellicose and overt their war planning becomes, the more they emphasize the danger of permitting them to have nuclear weapons. Such increased power would only bring increased hubris and danger to the world. Hence, this war appears nearly inevitable.

UPDATE

Certainly the publication of Iran’s ‘secret plan’ in a newspaper might indicate a bit of propaganda at work. But Iran is deadly serious about making war in our opinion. Read this from Michael J. Totten, and a Telegraph article containing this, for example:

Iran has spent tens of millions of pounds helping its close ally, Hizbollah, the Shia Muslim militant group that controls southern Lebanon, to set up a network of control towers and monitoring stations along the entire length of Israel’s border with south Lebanon. Some of the new control towers, which are made of reinforced concrete and fitted with bullet-proof reflective glass, are less than 100 yards from Israeli army positions and are clearly visible for long stretches along Israel’s border. “This is now Iran’s front line with Israel,” a senior Israeli military commander said. “The Iranians are using Hizbollah to spy on us so that they can collect information for future attacks. And there is very little we can do about it.”

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The Israeli military has reported a significant increase in Hizbollah activity in southern Lebanon since Syria came under intense international pressure to withdraw its forces from the area last year following the assassination of the Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Israeli military officers report that teams of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards travel regularly to southern Lebanon to help train local Hizbollah fighters in terrorist tactics. Tensions between Iran and Israel have intensified dramatically since the election last summer of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

War is coming, and there’s very little the West can do about it. Ahmadinejad is spoiling for his confrontation, and he means to get it, one way or the other. (The photo by Mr. Totten is of an IDF tower which appears similar to the description in the Telegraph.)

UPDATE II

Bruce Kesler, in a column on related issues, takes David Ignatius to task for this fatuous remark:

The Muslim demand for respect isn’t something that can be negotiated, but that doesn’t mean the West shouldn’t take it seriously. For as the Muslim world gains a greater sense of dignity in its dealings with the West, the fundamental weapon of Iran, al-Qaeda and Hamas will lose much of its potency.

As we have pointed out on numerous occasions, the Islamist demand for ‘respect’ is actually only accomplished if it is the respect that an inferior shows to a superior, an infidel to a believer, one who pays the jizya to the Islamic treasury, etc. If the West pays that respect, it is writing its own obituary.

UPDATE III

The London Times talks about Iran’s advanced operational planning for a global offensive, starring the world’s greatest terrorist, Imad Mugniyeh:

IRAN’S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended a meeting in Syria earlier this year with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, according to intelligence experts and a former national security official in Washington. US officials and Israel intelligence sources believe Imad Mugniyeh, the Lebanese commander of Hezbollah’s overseas operations, has taken charge of plotting Iran’s retaliation against western targets should President George W Bush order a strike on Iranian nuclear sites.

Mugniyeh is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list for his role in a series of high-profile attacks against the West, including the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jet and murder of one of its passengers, a US navy diver. Now in his mid-forties, Mugniyeh is reported to have travelled with Ahmadinejad in January this year from Tehran to Damascus, where the Iranian president met leaders of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas. The meeting has been dubbed a “terror summit” because of the presence of so many groups behind attacks on Israel, which Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe from the map.

Jane’s Intelligence Review cited “reports in recent weeks” of Mugniyeh’s presence alongside the president. Michael Ledeen, a Middle East expert and former Pentagon and National Security Council official who wrote that Mugniyeh had “probably” been there, said last week senior American officials had confirmed it. “It’s hard to identify Mugniyeh because he is said to have changed his face and his fingerprints,” Ledeen said. “But senior government officials have told me I was right. He was there.”

Shortly after the Damascus summit Henry Crumpton, head of counter-terrorism at the state department, singled out the elusive Mugniyeh as a threat. The Iranians, Crumpton said, “have complete command and control of Hezbollah. Imad Mugniyeh works for Tehran. And you can’t talk about Hezbollah and not think about Iran. They really are part and parcel of the same problem.”

Mugniyeh lives in Iran and has evaded capture for more than 20 years, despite a $5m American bounty on his head. Western intelligence reports claim he has many connections to terrorist cells in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the US and he is said to have met Osama Bin Laden. “When and if the Iranians decide to hit the West in its soft belly, Imad will be the one to act,” a western intelligence source said last week.

It’s coming, and in our opinion Ahmadinejad will not wait two years to make his move, should an attack by the US or Israel to remove Iran’s nuclear capability be on the slow track.

2 Responses to “Pledging fealty to ‘vilayat e faqih’ in Iran’s impending war with the West”

  1. qwerty182764 Says:

    “A rude person might say: well, bring it on, Ayatollah; vilayat e faqih-you. We are not rude, however.”
    We aren’t? Aww… I would like to heap all sorts of base and uncouth verbiage on those 7th century aspirants to barbarism!

  2. qwerty182764 Says:

    It might be a step forward for diplomatic effectiveness if our ambassadors were a bit more blunt, and a bit less refined when engaging in diologue with bloodstained murderers.

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