On Tuesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put to bed any speculation on the possibility of a negotiated solution to Iran’s nuclear program. The Islamic regime’s supreme leader, in his Iranian New Year address to the nation, informed the world that Iran will not surrender to international pressure to halt nuclear enrichment.
Khamenei praised the country’s great accomplishments in the previous year and stated that the Arab Spring benefited the country’s objective.
“Those countries in the region that the Islamic republic has supported have achieved great goals: Dictators were overthrown, and constitutions based on Islam were passed in several countries,” he said. “The No. 1 enemy of the Islamic Ummah (community) and the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely the Zionist regime, has now been surrounded.”
Khamenei talked about an economic jihad to confront international sanctions imposed to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. If self-sufficiency in production of goods is achieved, he said, the enemy will lose interest in confronting Iran.
Israel believes the Iranian nuclear program will soon be strike-proof and that an imminent pre-emptive attack is necessary to derail Iran’s ambitions, which include destroying the Jewish nation. Precautionary actions have been taken in Israel, suggesting a move toward war. Reports indicate that Israel has transferred nuclear fuel out of its Dimona reactor, fearing retaliation by Iran. It also has moved army units close to the Lebanese and Syrian borders in case war expands on those fronts, and has set in place its anti-missile system in its most populated areas.
President Barack Obama, for his part, issued an executive order on Friday addressing national defense resource policies and programs. Though Obama’s order was hardly different from what President Bill Clinton had set in place, the executive departments and agencies responsible for national defense were once again ordered to identify requirements for emergencies, which include military and civilian demands.
The executive order demands preparedness in the event of a threat to America’s security and asks all agencies to ensure the availability of adequate services, such as energy, food and water distribution, health services and transportation.
Last month, National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr., in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that “some Iranian officials — probably including Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”
Khamenei, in his recent Friday prayer sermon, announced that the U.S. will be attacked if it takes any military action against Iran. He has not been the only one to make such statements. The commanders of the Revolutionary Guards have also stated that U.S. military bases in the region will be targeted for retaliation, and that targets within America will also be considered.