The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ political bureau said on
Sunday that the IRGC is not seeking war with Israel or the US, but is practicing
an ongoing strategy of military deterrence.
Writing in Mashregh News, a
conservative website with strong ties to the Guards, Brig.- Gen. Yadollah
Javani, who is also the Guards’s most senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused foreign media outlets and “counterrevolutionary”
(in other words, reformist) news sites of “attempting to introduce the idea that
the IRGC is hawkish” in recent weeks.
“Some have written that Iran has
reached an impasse, and that some military and IRGC commanders are looking for
war [with Israel and the US] as a way out this impasse,” Javani wrote. “The IRGC
and IRGC commanders do not seek war but are practicing a strategy of military
deterrence against those enemies that threaten Iran.”
In his article,
Javani reveals insights into the Guards’ thoughts regarding Iran’s increasingly
aggressive rhetoric toward Israel and the US over Iran’s nuclear
Javani accused the US and Israel of using Iran’s military
program, which he insisted was peaceful, as an excuse for threatening the
Islamic Republic with military action.
“The reality is that over the past
years, Iran has faced threats by the US and the Zionist Regime [Israel] because
the Iranian nation has insisted on sticking to its principles and has refused to
give up its rights,” he said, adding that the West previously accused Iran of
human rights and terrorism crimes to “pressurize” it.
“Over the past two
months, Zionist leaders have stated their threats in such a way as to say that
they will soon have no choice but to go to war against Islamic Iran, even if the
US will not support them,” Javani said.
Javani, who opposes Iran’s
reformist Green Movement and who has previously said it has a direct link with
the Second of Khordad Movement (the political movement that brought reformist
Iranian president Mohammed Khatami to power in 1997), said that since Khatami’s
election, there had been two schools of thought in Iran regarding foreign policy
toward the US and Israel.
These two opposing views, Javani said,
consisted of political deterrence, or appeasement, and military
“There are those who insist on the policy of political
deterrence, who say that the Islamic Republic cannot defend itself against the
US and the Zionist Regime [Israel],” he said.
“[Those people] say that
what is needed are internal reforms and reforms in the political sphere, which
will essentially remove any external threats from the West.”
“reformist” school of thought, Javani said, “claimed that Iran did not need
nuclear energy and that it should completely suspend its nuclear
If Iran followed these reformist principles and appeased the
West by giving up on its nuclear ambitions, then the Islamic Republic would
“lose its independence,” Javani said.
“However, the military deterrence
strategy assumes the Iranian people want freedom, national dignity and to
preserve the revolution and its achievements, and to continue along the path of
progress and prosperity,” he wrote. “Therefore Iran should stand against all
pressures and prepare to defend itself from any invasion.”
Javani, the main strategy of the Revolutionary Guards and the Islamic Republic
of Iran Army is that of military deterrence.
Based on this strategy,
Iran’s military had worked toward increasing its capabilities to deal with the
enemy, he added.
“The US and Israel attack countries they are assured of
winning wars against. They won’t start a war against any country if they think
they will suffer defeats,” Javani wrote.
“With military deterrence you
should always be aware of the enemy, be able to defend against aggression and
also display determination to respond to any type of aggression.”
comments by military and Revolutionary Guards commanders regarding Iran’s
response to an Israeli strike should be “taken in that context,” he
Last month, in an interview with Iran’s Young Journalists Club,
Javani said the fighting in Syria was a “proxy war,” and that Syria was part of
the “Axis of Resistance” against Israel together with Hezbollah and
In that interview, he also described the Revolutionary Guards as a
“political, military, cultural and security institution.”
Javani said that former president Khatami had led the 2009 uprisings (after the
disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and that he would never be
allowed to run for office again.