Iran’s Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini says Islamic awakening in the Middle East and North Africa is a move against the US, warning of the US soft war in the two regions.
“After the suspicious September 11, 2001 attacks, the global arrogance launched a so-called anti-terror campaign in the world and called on countries to cooperate with it,” IRNA quoted Mir-Tajeddini as saying on Tuesday.
He added that following the attacks, the United States occupied Afghanistan and raised the issue of war against Islam “but Iran is the only country that resisted against the US policy.”
“The United States initiated the Greater Middle East plan which launched from southern Lebanon but all its calculations were changed. The US was obliged to change its military approach into a soft war,” the Iranian vice president went on to say.
He noted that the Islamic awakening has changed hard forms of war into soft war, stressing, “No military threats exist in a soft war but there is a war between ideas and thoughts.”
He pointed out that the military might, the number of nuclear warheads, advanced warships and atomic and hydrogen bombs have no room when it comes to soft war.
The Iranian official added that popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain and other countries in the region are a sample of the spiritual might of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
In recent months, a wave of revolutions and anti-government uprisings has been sweeping the Arab world.
In January, a revolution in Tunisia ended the 23-year ruling of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
In February, another Arab revolution led to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after three decades of his authoritarian rule.
Other revolutions are erupting in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while other anti-government unrests have swept Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait and Algeria.