A senior advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said the US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have made Washington more wary of war against other regional states, adding that American experts know now that attacking Iran would mean 30,000 US soldiers die on the first day of war.
“The US strategists say that Iran can now bring an area 2,500km wide under a barrage of missile attacks, and that a military war with Iran will result in the massacre of 30,000 Americans on the very first day of war,” Saffar Harandi, who also used to serve as Iran’s culture minister, said on Sunday.
He said that the Americans who once wanted to force Iran to compromise and surrender after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq now are seeking a safe way to come out of the quagmires they have created for themselves in those two countries.
The US and its close ally Israel have recently intensified their war rhetoric against Iran. The two arch foes of the Islamic Republic accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.
The United States has long stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran’s progress in the field of nuclear technology.
Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An estimated 40 percent of the world’s oil supply passes through the waterway.