The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the quasi-military mafia that governs the country, claimed that the US is planning to leave the Middle East and that Israel is in danger of collapsing.
It was unclear whether IRGC Chief Commander Hossein Salami’s message was timed to coincide with news of Israel’s upcoming elections, which are expected to agitate the Israeli public in the coming months, but his speech repeated the usual Iranian mantra.
Iran is frequently frustrated by the fact that it has little to show for its claims of “resistance” to Israel, which it broadcasts throughout the region, so it suffices to stay on message. The more Israel, the West, and the United States succeed, the more Iran claims it is fried and will leave the region.
Tasnim and Fars News, Iran’s pro-IRGC and pro-government news outlets, featured the comments at the top of their websites on Tuesday.
“Our adversaries are tired and defeated,” he claimed. He also stated that Iran does not allow anyone to infiltrate the country. This is in contrast to reports in foreign media that Iran is constantly being infiltrated and IRGC officials are being assassinated. Salami claimed that Iran would retaliate, effectively flipping the narrative. Iran has previously stated this. Israel has also warned Turkey about Iranian threats.
The IRGC chief stated that he is strengthening the IRGC and is not concerned about the “powerful formation of the enemy’s front.”
He made his remarks in Shahrekord, central Iran, west of Isfahan, and praised the role of Iran’s diverse peoples, including nomadic people.
Despite the fact that Iran is run by a brutal regime and the IRGC is a bloodthirsty organization, Iran spends more time praising its society’s diversity than other authoritarian regimes in the region, such as Turkey, where the ruling party is known for ethnic cleansing of minorities in Syria.
Iran’s goal in general is to use minorities to get them to toe the party line, but unlike Saddam Hussein’s genocidal regime in Iraq or the Assad regime in Syria, the Iranian regime at least acknowledges that Iran is a diverse country.
“I believe that every community, ethnic group, and nation is a reflection of the environment in which they live,” Salami said this week. “The nomads are proud, and it is glorious that they inherited these characteristics from the mountains and rocks.”
He then commended nomadic peoples for their role as “reserves of the Revolution.” He praised their role in Islamic history before stating that only through the zeal of groups such as nomadic people could Iran achieve greatness. “The enemies wanted to plunder our country’s and other Muslims’ material and spiritual wealth,” he claimed.
The IRGC’s bravado is in stark contrast to its setbacks. Nonetheless, it is clear that the IRGC intends to continue to operationalize proxy groups and forces in Iraq and Syria, as well as to empower Hezbollah, the Houthis, and Hamas.
Overall, the fact that the IRGC leader spent the week praising minorities and nomads in Iran may indicate that he is secure and does not believe his forces are in danger, despite reports that some IRGC officers have died in unusual and mysterious circumstances in recent months.