Iran’s New Defense Minister: An Anti-American Terrorist

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

The job description for Iran’s president, or for that matter, defense minister, seems to include “strong yen for mass murder, if not involvement in it.” It’s a requirement that continues to be upheld.

It was certainly honored by previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose frequent calls for Israel’s annihilation were a direct violation of international law proscribing incitement to genocide. That, of course, didn’t stop Ahmadinejad from traveling to New York City to address the UN, being a sought-after talk-show guest, or being invited to lecture at Columbia University.

As for previous defense minister Ahmad Vahidi, appointed by Ahmadinejad during his tenure as president, he too certainly fit the job description. Vahidi was (and is) wanted by Interpol for his involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and wounded hundreds.

Naturally, while Ahmadinejad and Vahidi were at Iran’s helm (along with Supreme Leader and radical Shiite ideologue Ali Khamenei), the long arm of the law didn’t catch up with them. Instead this regime was obsessively courted by the Western powers for round after round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, in the unflagging conviction that they were really seeking peace and compromise.

The results of the relentless courtship now include Iran’s installing 7000 new centrifuges over the past two months, rapid progress toward a nuclear breakout capacity, and rapid progress toward weapons-grade plutonium.

Those 7000 centrifuges have been installed since Hassan Rouhani was elected the new president in June. Rouhani, of course, has been widely hailed as a “moderate,” and again Western leaders—undeterred by any of their errors and failures so far—are all too eager to enter even more rounds of negotiations with him. Negotiations that are worse than useless since they—transparently—allow Tehran to buy time.

Cooler heads, of course, have noted that this “moderate” is a longtime disciple of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and chaired Iran’s National Security Council in the years when both the Buenos Aires bombing and the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 American airmen, were planned.

Rouhani too, in other words, fits the job description all too well.

And now this alleged moderate has further burnished his credentials by appointing Iran’s new defense minister, Hossein Deghgan—about whom Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, a researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has issued this backgrounder.

Deghgan, it turns out, has spent his whole career in the Revolutionary Guard, the military wing and terrorism coordinator of the mullahs’ regime. He was dispatched to Lebanon soon after Israel’s Operation Peace for Galilee there in the summer of 1982.

Deghgan’s tasks there included building up the military force of Hizballah, the then newly created terror arm of Tehran, and he was eventually made commander of the Revolutionary Guard contingent in Lebanon.

In the aftermath of Israel’s operation, the U.S. and France dispatched troops in an effort to stabilize Lebanon and move it in a pro-Western direction. On October 25, 1983, that effort took a severe and, it turned out, fatal blow when Shiite suicide bombers simultaneously attacked the Marine barracks and the French paratroopers’ barracks in Beirut.

The death tolls, respectively, were 241 and 58. As Shapira reports:

Instructions for the attack…were issued from Tehran to the Iranian ambassador to Damascus, who passed them on to the Revolutionary Guards forces in Lebanon and their Lebanese Shiite allies…. The order to carry out the attacks was transmitted, and the funding and operational training provided, with the help of the Revolutionary Guard in Lebanon under the command of Hossein Deghgan.

Whenever Western negotiators next find themselves at the table across from their Iranian counterparts, they’ll again be facing representatives of a bloody crew. How long will Western delusions persist?

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  • mdfuller56

    This is not unexpected. This is par for the course from a country in the grasp of jihad-seeking mullahs. What is unexpected is the way the US fails to deal with these threats today. Any 1st year student of reality knows the Arab world respects force and force alone. Weakness is a crack to be pried open and exploited.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Marks/1266358046 Paul Marks

    The “mainstream” media will ignore this – they have decided that the new Iranian President (someone who, in fact, has been a close servant of the “Supreme Leader” for DECADES) is a “moderate”, and they support his “election” (all candidates were actually approved by the “Guardian Council” – any real moderate would not have been allowed on the ballot), so they will ignore this, and all other evidence, that the Iranian regime remains committed to genocide.
    Israel must attack the Iranian nuclear weapon program, the media will savage Israel for attacking – but there is no other way to prevent a nuclear attack upon Israel.

  • CowboyUp

    When ahmanutjob was first elected the msm tried to tell us he was a “moderate”. It what one would expect from people who are eternally credulous of every new “peaceful agrarian reformer” to come down the pike.

  • Drakken

    You made one mistake Hornik, the bombing of my barracks was Oct 23rd not Oct 25th, the reason I know this so well is that it is seared into my brain housing group as those bloody savages killed a lot of friends that day.

  • tokoloshiman

    Seems to me that iran’s aim of developing a nuclear capability is a task similar to that of Tantalus- always impossible to grasp, always out of reach and totally unattainable.

  • http://www.twitter.com/changeirannow Change Iran Now

    Why am I not surprised? Rouhani’s cabinet reads like a who’s who of regime hardliners. Makes Ahmadinejad’s cabinet look like boy scouts. You can check out Rouhani’s own background and see how he was involved in similar acts at http://www.hassan-rouhani.info. For all the talk of moderation, he’s still a loyal regime leader.