Beware Iran's 'Axis of Resistance'
US NEWS, FEB. 23, 2018 - IF THERE WAS A FORMAL declaration of war against the post-cold war threats of the 21st century it came in President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, in the famous "Axis of Evil" speech and the president's declaration that he would not wait for threats to materialize.
The national and international media scorned the phrase and made it the point of jokes and satires. The speech warned of development of weapons of mass destruction by the axis: North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Bush was correct on all three accounts: the North Koreans were well on their way, the Iranians were developing, and evidence now clearly illustrates that the Iraqis were waiting to restart. The president also warned of state sponsorship of terrorism and the state terrorism that the subjects of these nations faced daily. He was right in every sense of the word. The media frenzy continued for years over the "undiplomatic language" (another falsehood made by those who don't understand the purpose of diplomacy).
Compare this to the near silence concerning the latest axis, the so-called "Axis of Resistance." Adopted in 2010 by Iran as a vehicle to destroy Israel, the term encompasses the forces of Iran, Hezbollah (Iran's para-military proxy in Lebanon), Bashar Assad's Syria (Iran's new proxy) and Hamas (Iran's Palestinian proxy). As Bush's "Axis of Evil" demarcated a new grand strategy of the United States, so does the Iranian axis, which uses the Syrian conflict as the testing ground. Its tactical purpose is to pressure Iraq, and its operational goal is to cause harm to Israel and the United States. This is all within the strategic goal of uniting Muslims under a single cause. Many consider Russia to be a supporting member, at least and as long as Russian geo-strategic goals are served.
Following the shooting down on Feb. 10 of an Iranian drone and the loss of an Israeli F-16 following Israeli strikes against Syria, the media gave limited mention to the "Axis of Resistance phrase," but with little depth or discussion of purpose or motivation.
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Iran has mobilized its own forces, its proxies and Syrian services to create a powerful network to threaten Israeli security. Iran and Syria have been instrumental in transferring greater amounts and more sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah, utilizing the fighting in Syria as a real-world training ground for future conflicts. The world was so mono-focused on the Islamic State group and the Syrian civil war that it continued to ignore Iranian strategic moves and intentions that go well beyond an Assad victory. In fact, we may come to view the Syrian Civil War as merely phase one of an overall Iranian plan to dominate the Middle East and wage war against Israel, culminating in an attempt to blunt or even drive out the American presence from much of the region.
Related to this is an Iranian attempt to gain access to the Mediterranean. If this new axis is allowed to metastasize, it could become powerful enough to intimidate American allies in the region to retract support for American foreign policy goals. It joins Iranian realist geo-strategic goals of regional dominance, with anti-Western (particularly anti-Israeli and anti-American) ideology.
The "Axis of Resistance" poses a direct threat to the national interests of the United States and should be treated as a fundamental priority. It has no place in the international arena, and the movements and regimes that are its supporters are by definition illegitimate. In the past, the United States allowed Syria to dominate Lebanon; it now needs to decide if it is acceptable for Iran to dominate Syria, coerce Iraq and wage war against Israel.
If the Nazi-fascist-militarist axis of the 1940s was anathema to American interests and values, then this axis, worshiping at the altar of tyranny, conquest and theocracy is just as evil.
Iran coronavirus update: Over 289,200 deaths, more Indian/African variant cases found
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 289,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, May 15, 2021—
Over 289,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 541 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK
) as of Saturday afternoon local time, May 15. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 76,633, around a fourth of the actual figure.
death toll in various provinces include: 67,231 in Tehran, 19,125 in Isfahan, 17,874 in Khuzestan, 17,730 in Razavi Khorasan, 11,818 in East Azerbaijan, 11,790 in Mazandaran, 10,778 in West Azerbaijan, 9367 in Fars, 7898 in Alborz, 7080 in Golestan, 6636 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 6488 in Kerman, 6478 in Hamedan, 6028 in Markazi (Central), 4987 in Kurdistan, 4233 in North Khorasan, 3672 in Ardabil, 3359 in Qazvin, 3067 in Ilam, 3014 in Bushehr, 2721 in South Khorasan, and 2264 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 289,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran
Regime President Hassan Rouhani
resorted to desperate remarks today in an attempt to decrease growing popular anger over the regime’s refusal to provide the vaccine to the Iranian public. “There’s not enough vaccine doses available in the world today. Neither inside Iran nor other countries. There are very few countries who were able to use the vaccine in relatively good fashion,” he said. “If we are able to, God willing, vaccinate 12 to 13 million people who are in grave danger prior to August when this government’s tenure comes to an end, it will be a great achievement… Certain is the fact that this virus still exists today, and it is spreading under various names and different mutations. As time passes by the mutations are seen in a natural manner,” Rouhani added.
“There are cases of the Indian variant and most have been in the country’s southern and eastern provinces. We need to be careful in Sistan & Baluchistan, Hormozgan and Bushehr provinces,” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday. “All provinces have started to see a decreasing trend. Two or three provinces need to be more careful. East Azerbaijan, Hormozgan and Sistan & Baluchistan need to take more precautions,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS
“Considering the fact that cases of the mutated African and Indian variants have been identified, [Hormozgan] province is in grave danger of this virus spreading. The number of people seeking initial medical care for Covid-19
symptoms, those being quarantined, and the number of new positive cases have seen significant increases. The number of people dying of Covid-19, those being hospitalized and those being placed in ICUs will continue to increase for the next two weeks. We currently have 408 coronavirus patients hospitalized, of which 64 are in ICUs,” said the spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
The dean of West Azarbaijan Medical University said on Saturday, “In the past day, 156 people were hospitalized in [the province’s] medical centers and the total number of hospitalized patients has reached 1,145, of who 233 are in ICU. In the past 24 hours, 17 covid-19 patients have lost their lives.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)
Karaj, west of Tehran, #Iran
patients are placed in seven large halls in this hospital & the situation is reported as very dire.
The lady is heard saying there is literally no control & family members are told to take care of the patients themselves. pic.twitter.com/YSp0KZK97c
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 3, 2021
The spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “Of 1,590 hospitalized covid patients, 334 are in ICU, and in the past 24 hours, 21 patients have lost their lives.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)
In Fars province, the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “Of 1,647 hospitalized covid patients, 281 are in ICU, and in the past 24 hours, 13 people have lost their lives.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)
The dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University said on Monday, “There are 935 hospitalized patients in medical centers and in the past 24 hours, 12 people died.” (Source: Fars News Agency)
The deputy dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “Currently, there are 452 hospitalized covid-19 patients, of whom 72 were hospitalized in the past 24 hours. There are 104 patients in ICU.” (Source: IRIB news agency)
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