Iran says to launch large military exercise

Iran says to launch large military exercise 2006-08-18 00:49:13
    Related special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis    TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Iranian army said on Thursday that it would launch a large-scale military exercise soon, the state television reported.    The maneuver will begin in southeastern Iran on Saturday, military spokesman Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani was quoted as saying.

    “It will be carried out stage by stage for a period,” he added, without revealing exactly when the exercise would end.

    “The maneuver is aimed at introducing our new defensive doctrine,” Ashtiani said, adding that 12 infantry regiments would participate in the upcoming exercise dubbed “The Blow of Zolfaghar.”

    Zolfaghar is the sword used by Imam Ali, one of the most revered figures for Shiite Muslims.

    In addition, Ashtiani said that the maneuver came against a backdrop of tensions in the Mideast, saying “We must be ready to fight against any threat and we should be a role model for other countries.”

    “The army is prepared to destroy all plots against the Islamic Republic,” he added.

    In April, Iran launched another large-scale military exercise, the biggest in several years.

    During the game, Iran said it had tested advanced weapons including missiles and torpedoes.

    The new Iranian war game will come when Tehran is facing heightened pressure as a UN Security Council resolution urges it to halt uranium enrichment by Aug. 31.

Editor: Luan Shanglin

And, here is what Khomeini had to say about Islam:

And, here is what Khomeini had to say about Islam:

 “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies…. Islam says: whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! the sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”Remember, this was said not by some “Islamophobe” but by Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme and revered leader of Shiite Islam, perhaps the greatest Moslem leader of the 20th Century, who devoted his entire life to studying the holy books of Islam. He was not interested in sugarcoating Islam for propaganda purposes.