Following are excerpts from an interview with Hossein Salami, IRGC deputy commander, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV and was posted on the Internet on February 1, 2014:
Hossein Salami: Whoever seeks to talk to our nation in intimidating language – we will not be deterred by geographic borders from endangering their interests. Wherever they may be – we will be there as well. We will not confine the conflict to any border. We announce this loud and clear.
This region is ideologically united by similar faiths and common goals. If these goals can be merged, and the Muslim peoples are ideologically, strategically, and politically united, then Western, and particularly American, political breathing space will be restricted. Even the Zionist regime, which is America's political, military, economic, and security bridgehead, will have no air to breathe.