Recent statements paint a picture of a solidifying worldview in Iran that harkens back not only to the era of the Iran-Iraq war, but also its view of a ‘final victory’ against the West.
https://www.jpost.com/-By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Whether it is the Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hinting that the “book is not closed” on the US killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Soleimani, or Iranian commemorations of the 40 year anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war anniversary with statements boasting they can defeat the US in a similar war, Iran is thinking tactically and strategically.
Iran’s Zarif has spoken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and knows that Lavrov is discussing moving away from a Western-led international world order.
The Kavkaz drill is thus an embodiment of the potential Russia-Iran-China alliance system. Iran’s Press TV highlights the drill. Iran is also keenly observing Russia’s “Slavik Brotherhood” drill this week. A rising Russia will confront the West and help Iran, Iran’s planners think.
Iran’s IRGC aerospace force head Amir Hajizadeh has said that there is no need to import arms, that Iran can be an exporter and will soon be sending arms abroad. Iran already does this clandestinely to Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. But it wants to up its game now. Meanwhile, the US says Iran is now working against them alongside North Korea on long-range missile development.
While these are still merely a series of small points of light for Tehran, the rising chorus of voices represents the clear calculations of the regime. It has only to put these plans into process on the diplomatic, military and economic level. It has prepared for this for more than a decade and senses its time has come.