This past week the Iranians have started to admit that “their boys” are finding there’s more to war than sitting on their fat bums tucked away in their military bases in Iran spouting garbage against their sworn enemy Israel. Now, it’s the real stuff. Simply put, they’re getting killed!
As MEMRI published today, “Officers in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as websites affiliated with it, have recently published data regarding the number of IRGC and Basij officers who were killed in the past two weeks while fighting in Syria. The death toll includes three generals, battalion commanders, captains and lieutenants, as well as one pilot.”
MEMRI added: “On October 9, 2015, Tehran announced that General Hossein Hamadani, a member of Iran’s top military command echelon in Syria, was killed by ISIS in Aleppo while ‘carrying out an advisory mission.’ Iran’s top leadership, chiefly Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, IRGC Commander Ali Jafari, and IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, personally mourned Hamadani, stating that he was a founding member of the Syrian Basij forces. On October 25, the Mashregh website (mashreghnews.ir) reported that another general, Sajad Tahernia, and pilot Rouhallah Emadi, were killed on the same day during an ‘advisory mission’ in southern Aleppo.”
In addition, Iran’s early sojourn into Syria has become disastrous. Debka reported today : “The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo – and the key to its capture – will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years.”
This is what war is all about. While mothers weep at the loss of their sons, officers and other ranks are fodder to their masters. MEMRI lists only the names of Iranian officers. Who knows how many of Iranian’s young men, the privates, the corporals, have already been killed, or captured by their enemy.
Sooner than later, and it will come, Iran’s Supreme Leader, and his cronies will be faced with the wrath of distraught mothers and wives holding up photographs of their dead loved ones. And other Iranian families will start praying openly in mosques, in homes, in public places, for the safe return of all their military personnel from Syria, a country with a different culture, language and one in utter ruin.
Ordinary Iranians are proud people. They also have long memories of the years fighting the devastating eight year war against Iraq during the 1980s. Depending on one’s sources, hundreds of thousands of Iranian military personnel were killed during this period.
Having said that, the Iranians will of course not experience the same number of KIA (killed in action) as in the 1980s. Nevertheless, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander Salami has already been laying the groundwork for the future. “Our presence increased both quantitatively and qualitatively… but our total number of martyrs is not high.” Martyrs? What the hell is he talking about? His tone does not fare well for the Iranian public. The IRGC is not the IDF, who have over 67 years of experience fighting for the survival of Israel. Being killed in action, or seriously injured fighting a war in a foreign country to save a Syrian despot, who does not believe in the Geneva Convention rules of war, nor those such as ISIS, who the Iranians are supposedly fighting against, is entirely another matter.
I’m sure it won’t be too long now before we’ll hear from Iran’s Supreme Leader saying something comparable to the Persian proverb, “Death with courage is far superior to life as a coward.”
People of Iran. Welcome to the real world. Many of your leaders’ smug, sick faces are about to disappear as your boys’ parts are returned to you in body bags.