Iran to West: Don't Even Think About It

Tehran says attackers will rue aggression "as they regret it in Iraq"
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 11:38 AM CDT
Member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards parade in Tehran Saturday Sept. 22, 2007. The military parade outside the capital Tehran marked the 27th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Iran that sparked the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a parade flanked by missiles and homegrown fighter jets, Iran unequivocally responded to the West's indirect threats of force against the Islamic nation's nuclear ambitions: "Our message to the enemies is: Do not do it," said the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. "They will regret it, as they are regretting it in Iraq."

The missiles—which Iran said could reach Israeli and US bases in the region—underscored Iran's vigorous defense of its nuclear program in face of US posturing and since-retracted comments by the French foreign minister to "prepare for the worst." Ahmadinejad scoffed at the idea that 'soft power' tools such as economic sanctions would be any more effective.