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Monday, November 21, 2011

Iran to form 100-million strong Basij army

If you've forgotten Iran's Basij military police, you can see pictures of them in action in the top left of this post. Now, there may be 100 million of them.
"We will form the 100-million-strong Basij force of the Muslim world to materialize the promise of the late Imam Khomeini about the freedom of the noble Quds," Naqdi said.

He underlined that Basij will bravely and steadfastly continue its struggle and fight for the freedom of Quds from the occupation of Zionist regime and to release all mankind from the claws of the world arrogant powers.

Naqdi's remarks comes against the backdrop the Muslim world's popular uprisings and revolutions which are similar to what happened in Iran in 1979 under the leadership of the late Imam Khomeini.

Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Libya have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

While Libya celebrated the victory of its revolution after the death of the country's dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, in October, uprisings continue in several other Muslim states.
So the Iranians think they're going to get together with all of these Arab countries to make war on Israel. What could go wrong?

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At 2:23 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Mmm; as there are only 73,973,630 - 2010, Iranians actually in existence I would be interested to know how they would manage this!! :))
(Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators)

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Oh, President Obama wants to do this, too! He wants a domestic force funded at the level of the U.S. military. I wonder it the unions will form the core of it. Posse commitatus, or whatever, is supposed to prevent military action inside the U.S., so he'll have to do a camouflage move... Fits right in with the people in the world that he lines up with.

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear Carl.
I'm from Iran,in the town of Tehran.
which may you or your people hates.
but I am one of Iranian which wants to change our government.
I didn't know how much you know from inside Iran.
but after the 2009 election every things changed.
there is no 20 million Basij in Iran.
main part of Iranians hate them.

At 2:24 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


You are brave for writing in.

We don't hate Iran or Iranians. We hate Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs because they want to wipe us out and destroy us. Our only problem with Iranians is that we don't know where you stand.

Two years ago, after your elections, I wrote many posts about the green movement. But when I asked bloggers where the green movement stood on the nuclear program and destroying Israel, I got no answers. So I decided to stand aside and let the green movement carry out its mission without my support or opposition.

I know Ahmadinejad won't get 100 million people for the Basij within Iran. That's more people than there are in Iran! But he believes that the countries affected by the Arab spring - Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and others - will also send people to join his Basij. From what I have seen, that's entirely possible.

You should feel free to send me email. I will try to respond to you.


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