Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Iran in State of Soft War"

Here are some excerpts from an article in Tehran Times today:

TEHRAN - National Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has stated that the enemy has launched an all-out soft war against Iran.
The enemy is aware of its inability to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran, and thus it has initiated a new war on a new battlefield to interfere with Iran’s police and general public, he said during a military war game held in Tehran on Saturday.
[...] Commenting on the political and social unrest that occurred after the Iranian presidential election of 2009, he said, “The enemy had seriously counted on the soft war it started last year,” but became disappointed as their efforts proved futile.
On Saturday, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that Iran is in “a state of soft war.” This war is cultural and political in nature and is more dangerous than a military confrontation, he added.

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The story was also featured on PressTV:
"Presently we are engaged in an all-out war in both soft and hard fronts with the world's arrogant powers, and the main approach of our sworn enemies, the US and Zionism, is soft confrontation with Iran," Mohseni-Ejei said on Saturday.

"This does not mean that the enemy has ceased its hard [war] measures," Mohseni-Ejei said, adding that in the current situation the enemy supports and trains terrorists, villains and bombers to create insecurity in Iran.

Wonder if there will be a response from the US DoS...


  1. Well, I guess it is not Iran is targeted and not only by Western powers...
    It looks like this "soft" war has been going on for some time already affecting almost everyone. Even if you react (or DO NOT react, for that matter) you become involved and affected...
    In a sense it is the Hobbesian idea materializing in an unexpected way...
    Speaking of terrorism...
    Could please someone define it unequivocally?
    My feeling is that some definitions and approaches are merely imposed on all of us...
    What is worse, those who impose them do not necessarily stick to those definitions, demonstrating amazing "flexibility" and "leniency", when it is in their best interests.
    If we want to wage a real war on terror, we should not resort to any actions that are or even can be construed as terrorism.
    Sounds too idealistic? Naive? ... Oh, silly me...
    However, there is no other way to win "minds and hearts" of people across the globe ...
    Otherwise, it is the old imperialistic strategy regardless of who is pursuing it...

  2. Sorry, I mean "It is not only Iran that is targeted..."

  3. well, there are many ways of conceptualizing the term "soft", and just as in other cases, it can mean different things at the same time. doublethink, of some sorts, perhaps?
    and if power projections are put in those terms, then why can't threat perceptions be formulated as such, too?