Joe Biden, friend of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Poster of IRGC in Teheran

By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sen. Joe BidenBarack Obama‘s eagerly anticipated running mate – should be
named an honorary soldier in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC). We’re all familiar with the IRGC: Iran’s unique corps of Islamist
fighters who have been directly involved in deadly attacks against U.S.
soldiers in Iraq – even Afghanistan – threatening our ships in the Persian
; and organizing, training, equipping, funding, and providing direct
operational support to Lebanon-based Hezbollah (perhaps the most dangerous
terrorist army on earth). And that’s just for starters.

Also known as the Pasdaran, the IRGC is not Iran’s conventional territorial
armed force, but the military force of the Khomeinist-inspired Islamic
Revolution. The organization fields an army, a navy, and an air force, as
well as an extranational special-operations force known as the Quds
(Jerusalem) Force.

Iran, of course, is a “state sponsor of terrorism,” so-designated by the
U.S. State Department back in 1984. And the IRGC and its Quds Force were
both designated “supporters of terrorism” in October 2007. Though the
latter two designations would not have been so had Biden had his way.

On September 26, 2007, Biden voted “Nay” to Senate Amendment 3017 (S.
Amdt. 3017) – a piece of legislation amending S. Amdt. 2011 to H.R. 1585 –
“to express the sense of the Senate regarding Iran.”

In a nutshell, S. Amdt. 3017 called on the Senate to: “Support the prudent
and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in
Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military
instruments, in support of the policy . with respect to the Government of
the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies.”

And most importantly – for the sake of sanctions and the unequivocal denial
of any form of support to terrorists and terrorist supporters – the
amendment said, “the United States should designate the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization . and place
the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on the list of Specially Designated
Global Terrorists.”

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