Iranian general: Scope of battlefields to decide fate of war in Middle East

Tasnim – A top Iranian military commander said the fate of any war breaking out in the Middle East will hinge on the scale of the theater and duration of the battle, not on the intensity of the war.

In a visit to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force’s Missile Units on Monday, Commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Headquarters Major General Gholam Ali Rashid said the fate of any war in the future will be decided by the “scope of the battlefields and the element of time.”

“The history of West Asia wars in the past four decades shows that the human and material losses inflicted on initiators of wars like Saddam (Hussein), the US, the Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia, resulted from a mistake in the calculations and decision making,” the commander said.

He also warned warmongers against a military conflict in an expanse of 8 million square kilometers in the Middle East, stressing that no power in the world would be able to end such a war.

“The capacity for long-term management of war in extensive geographical areas, not its intensity or destructive power, would determine the final result of a war,” the Iranian general added.

Iranian officials and military authorities have frequently warned the adversaries that they would not be deciding when to end a war if one ever were to break out.

Last year, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the US government is aware of the crushing response it will have to face in case of taking military action against Iran, reiterating that the time of hit and run is over.

The US is seeking a way to evade the costs of standing against Iran and place them on regional countries, Ayatollah Khamenei said, reminding certain regional countries that if they confront Iran, “they will definitely suffer blows and defeat.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the enemies have resorted to economic war after realizing the futility of military action against Iran.

“They have now focused on economic and cultural war, with the US Treasury Department working as the headquarters of the economic war on the Islamic Republic Establishment,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in April 2018.