IRGC: US pursuing secular system in Iran
A top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States is unsuccessfully seeking to establish a secular system in the country, Press TV reported.
"The American currents trying to bring to power a secular system in Iran have failed," IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Yadollah Javani was quoted by IRNA as saying on Sunday.
Many experts believe Islam is the only option left which can attract people across the globe, the top commander underlined.
He said the growing number of converts to Islam indicate a change taking place in the world following the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
"Today, good and evil are pit against one another and what has made the situation all the more significant is the growing power of the good front led by the Islamic Republic [of Iran] and the evil front's fear of collapse," the Iranian general added.
The general said the West's Iranophobia and Islamophobia campaigns were launched in the form of soft war.
"In the US strategy, Iran is regarded as the number one threat which definitely does not mean [posing the threat of] geographical occupation, but that Islamic Revolution has instilled a sense of awakening and independence in world countries, and the achievements of the Islamic Republic [of Iran] in all fields, especially the scientific field, have won the trust of other nations," General Javani underscored.
He said the strategy adopted by the White House and the "hegemonic front" in dealing with Iran includes five phases: dialog and diplomacy, triggering chaos and instability in the country, sanctions, soft war and finally the threat of military action.
This strategy, he added, pursues a whole range of objectives, from changing Iran's behavior to toppling the Iranian establishment.
"The enemies of the Islamic Republic [of Iran] have come to the conclusion that a strong opposition [front] should be formed inside the country ... so that it will be powerful enough to challenge the Islamic Republic," he added.
He said hegemonic powers hatched a complicated plot to make out that the June 12, 2009 presidential elections in Iran were rigged and in this was make Iranians lose trust in the establishment and create a "popular base for opposition."
Javani added that the guidelines offered by Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and the people's presence on the scene had helped foil enemy plots.