Iran Supreme Leader calls for action to face ‘economic war’

| August 11, 2018


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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for “swift and just” legal action from new courts after the head of the judiciary said on state television, the country faced an “economic war”.

The rial has lost about 50% of its value since April, under the threat of reinitiated U.S. sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

The cost of living has also soared, sparking sporadic protests against both profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans.

The central bank and the judiciary have blamed “enemies” for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and the judiciary has said more than 40 people including a former central bank deputy have been arrested on charges carrying the death penalty.

The judiciary has suggested that arch-foes the United States and Israel as well as regional rival Saudi Arabia and government opponents living in exile are fomenting the unrest.

“The current special economic conditions are considered an economic war,” judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said in a letter to Khamenei, calling for the setting up of special courts to deal quickly with financial crimes, the television report said.

Washington this week reimposed sanctions on Iran’s purchase of U.S. dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil from early November or face U.S. financial measures.

In response, Iran test-fired a ballistic a missile just days before Trump’s administration slapped new sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The test of an Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile coincided with a large-scale naval exercise by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces late last week in the Strait of Hormuz, to rehearse “swarm” tactics. 30% of the world’s oil passes through this waterway each year. A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the Iranian ballistic missile launch.

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  1. Sea Dragon says:

    Bring it ragheads.

  2. HMC Ret says:

    Shouldn’t Ali be humping his camel or a little boy or something? I’d like to see the population rise up and overthrow those pedophiles. Treat them the same way they treat women. Even better, as they treat homosexuals. Throw their asses off rooftops.

  3. HMC Ret says:

    If the unemployment rate is high, we should sponsor a jobs fair over there for them. That will get them squared way. Easy, peasy

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Heh. Someone needs a gentle reminder of Operation Praying Mantis.

    Operarion Praying Mantis Link

    I missed that gig, by just this much. My brother AWs may have told me stories about ISAR and IRDS, marshes, bunches of small boats, A-6’s, and cluster munitions.

    Long after, AW1Ed (Ret) was interviewing for a govvie job. Seems my Supervisor-To-Be was an B/N on one of those A-6s. The interview devolved into swapping sea stories, and the rest is history.

  5. 100E says:

    “The murder of 220 Marines and the Iranian, Ismail Ascari, who drove the truck full of explosives that tore through their barracks.

    The Marines who died in the bombing were lucky. Another Marine did not die as quickly.

    Colonel William R. Higgins was captured by Hezbollah, the terrorist group acting as Iran’s hand in Lebanon, and tortured for months until his body was dumped near a mosque.

    An autopsy report found that he had been starved and had suffered multiple lethal injuries that could have caused his death. The skin on his face had been partially removed along with his tongue and he had also been castrated.

    William Francis Buckley, the CIA station chief, was also captured and tortured for months. On video tapes released by his Hezbollah captors, he was incoherent and his mind had been broken by the horrors inflicted on his ravaged body and his soul.

    They had done more than ruin his body,” CIA Director William Casey said. “His eyes made it clear his mind had been played with. It was horrific, medieval and barbarous”

    Anything the US can do to extract a painful revenge against Iran is worth it!

    • Sapper3307 says:

      You forgot our embassy and hostages.

      • 100E says:

        You’re correct. I also forgot the thousands of Iranian made IED deaths and injuries in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
        It really torqued me to see that Navy officer, of the captured craft, make an apology on video… He’d certainly had Code of Conduct training.

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          Courts held Iran responsible for their deaths and the deaths of other Americans taken hostage over the years. But Iran never paid a cent. The US did. That’s right. The American taxpayer paid the damages awards to American families whose loved ones were tortured and murdered by those bastards. We pay terrorists—or did, under previous presidents.

          • 100E says:

            You’re right. We paid, and then paid a premium on top of it.

            • 5th/77thFA says:

              But no, Islam is a Religion Peace. The $ Oblowme was ours that the imperialist Crusader Reagan illegally confiscated. (s) Kill. Them. All. Use Missiles so no more of our Girls & Boys are in harms way. Call up them fellows out there in Minot. There’s at least a few that are sober. Take a page from Jack Ryan’s playbook, send in John Clark & Domingo Chavez. rant over. Y’all have a nice evening.

    • Mason says:

      I’ll never understand why anyone here has any sympathy for Iran. They literally scream “death to America” on a regular basis and burn effigies of our flags and presidents (except for one, I never saw an effigy of him for some reason…).

      I’ve met some people that fled when the shah fell. They’re glad to be here and not there.

      • Instinct says:

        One of my art teachers, Mr. Parasti, was from Iran. He would get super pissed when he would hear kids going on about how terrible the US was.

        Yeah, he was no liberal.

  6. FatCircles0311 says:

    So America’s enemies are crumbling fiancially while the US is booming. Democrats hate this. Remember this.

  7. HMC Ret says:

    “Anything the US can do to extract a painful revenge against Iran is worth it!”


    Since it’s unlikely we will nuke them back to the Dark Ages (actually, that’s pretty much where they are in many respects) we should do everything possible to destroy them economically. Let them experience an annual inflation rate of 1000% or so. Do all possible to stop their imports and exports. Let the people rise up and destroy the scumbags in control of them, who treat them as slaves. Let them take to the streets. That is what the lowlife leaders are most afraid of … losing power. As long as they stay in power, they can have their pet goat, and camel and 6 y/o boy. Fuck them all.

  8. Garold says:

    I am so thankful we have an adult in the White House. Not since Reagan have I trusted a CIC as I do this one. They all sent to war zones and I complied. I did my duty. However, that doesn’t mean I agreed with their reasoning.

    The prior Administration betrayed our nation when it comes to Iran. We funded them so they could use those funds to attack us and our interests. President Valerie Jarred was instrumental in the cause of the Iranians; as that is her terf.

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    “swarm tactics”

    Any modern radar can track and engage boo coo targets. Nobody wants war but Iran has been fucking up the world for far too long. Spend some cash and turn their so called Navy into flotsam and jetsam. The jetsam being the crews tossing the Captain overboard.

  10. AW1Ed says:

    Kobar Towers.

    Britannica Link

    Khobar Towers bombing of 1996, terrorist attack on a U.S. Air Force housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996. The bombers drove a tanker truck packed with 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of explosives near the complex and then jumped into waiting vehicles, escaping just before detonation. The explosion, which was so loud that it was heard some 20 miles (32 km) away, left a crater 85 feet (26 metres) wide and 35 feet (10.6 metres) deep. Nineteen U.S. service members were killed, and some 500 people were injured.

    At a news conference announcing the indictment, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft said that Iranian government officials “inspired, supported, and supervised members of Saudi Hezbollah” in the attack.

    Iran has much to answer for.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    They think they’re still the Persians under Cyrus, Xerxes and Darius. Well, they ain’t. Posturing and barking are just parts of the gig.

    Maybe some day I’ll figure out why there is perpetual war in the Middle East, but you’d think they’d find something else to do, wouldn’t you?

    Just take off, nuke the power plants from orbit, and MOAB bomb the rest of that pisshole country. Then maybe they’ll shut up.

    Maybe we could find a way to blame T.E. Lawrence for some of what goes on now. After all, he was going to give the Arabs their freedom….

  12. 100E says:

    The Iranian people put the Ayatollahs in power. It’s up to the Iranian people to remove them. Iran once had a large Jewish population,but the Ayatollahs killed most, and those that escaped now own Rodeo Drive. The people of Iran let this happen, just like they supported the taking of our embassy and hostages.
    The only way the Iranian public will bring about change is through their personal economic pain. The Ayatollahs will always have all they need, but when the people are squeezed, they’ll start fearing for something their power can’t guarantee…. their lives.

  13. Wireman611 says:

    I was on WestPac when the hostages were taken, we had just finished Kangaroo 3. We went on float and had a full MEU. There were so many go/stay orders that we go an extra 2 weeks in Brisbane. But, when we headed back to the States, I saw Gunny’s so pissed they couldn’t speak.

  14. Roh-Dog says:

    “War”? Cute Iran, realll cute.
    Lemme ask you a riddle:
    What lasts about a month and ends on an aircraft carrier?
    Answer, US coalition military overthrows of Middle East dictatorships in counties beginning with the letter ‘I’.
    But keep it up…

  15. Ex-PH2 says:

    In view of an increasing level of volcanic activity everywhere, including near the Cannary Islands, perhaps the ayatollahs should start to pay attention to Iran’s biggest volcano: Damayand. No, it has not had much except the occasional fumarolic activity since its last episodes of eruptions 7,300 years ago, but the quiet period coincides with the rise of civilization and developing societies in the 5500-5000BCE time frame.

    That’s the 2nd biggest volcano in Asia. The biggest is Kunlun in Tibet.

    Turkey is not immune, either.

    Something’s going on there. And Kilauea, down in Hawaii: continuing and unceasing activity mean that it will stop when it wishes to stop.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Solar activity, increases in magnetic waves, it’s the rhythm and rhyme of the universe man. With Mercury nearing the end of its retrograde cycle, and with the sun being so close to a conjunction with Mercury, we are going to receive some very important informations. Stay tuned!
      That and a quincunx formed by Pluto in Capricorn some preconceived notions are going to the dust bin if we’re to make it.
      On that note: how about out ANTIFA buds going after the press?
      Who would have thought?!?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      So, are we living in those interesting times now?

      Seems to me we are. Maybe all the restlessness is a symptom of other things, kind of like a weathervane.

      Stay tuned!

  16. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    I am beginning to get the impression that Trump has -not- forgotten 1979, nor any of the bullcrap since then.

    The fatal weakness of the Mullah-ocracy is obvious. Their economic system is based on plunder via Oil. That is a very fragile thing, indeed.

    Trump brings a businessman’s sense of economics to the table. The Mullahs are totally outclassed.

    Just imagine the bidding war if we started auctioning Letters Of Marque that targeted Iran.

    Or, if in response to some overplayed Iranian-sponsored mayhem, he just mines their harbors, cuts a few pipelines, and waits for their civilization to implode.