Some 200 masked young men and women gathered at a Tehran cemetery Thursday to pledge their willingness to carry out suicide bomb attacks against Americans in Iraq and Israelis.
The ceremony was organized by the Headquarters for Commemorating Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, a shadowy group that has since June been seeking volunteers for attacks in Iraq and Israel.
A spokesman, Ali Mohammadi, described Thursday's group as the "first suicide commando unit," though another official has claimed members already have carried out attacks in Israel. "Sooner or later we will bury all blasphemous occupiers of Islamic lands," Mohammadi said.
Sunday, Iran's deputy interior minister for security affairs told reporters the movement had no official sanction and said such groups could operate only "as long as their ideas are limited to theory." The group, though, has the backing of some prominent hard-line Iranian politicians.
In the absolute totalitarian grip of Mullah Iran you would have to be utterly naïve to buy the official line that these groups do not have state sanction. If the Mullah's grip extends to the selling of women's panties; it breaks the bounds of incredibleness to believe they would not control or regulate political and/or paramilitary groups? But the question, we in the west, should take be asking ourselves is; why now?
The second item came from the Washington Times:
Recent intelligence shows Iran has been working to produce a missile re-entry vehicle containing a small nuclear warhead for its Shahab missiles and has encountered problems developing a reliable centrifuge system for uranium enrichment, U.S. officials said.
Suicide bombers and nuclear warheads. The first wild guess off the top of my head would be that the Mullah's are not only readying their military for war but also preparing their people psychologically for war - but hey, that's only my two cents.