Europe engulfed by ‘terrorism fire’ if not for IRGC: Commander

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) blasted the European Parliament’s (EP’s) resolution that calls for labeling the elite force as a “terrorist organization”, warning that the Europeans will have to suffer the consequences of repeating their past mistakes as the continent owes its security to the IRGC.

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks after a meeting on Saturday with Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, as the two discussed a recent move by the European Parliament to designate the IRGC as a “terrorist” entity, according to Press TV.

Praising sacrifices made by the IRGC, particularly the IRGC’s Quds Force and its late commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, Major General Salami said the top Iranian anti-terror icon “played the biggest and most leading role in eliminating [a manifestation of] worldwide terrorism,” referring to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

“But for the IRGC’s endeavors, especially the Quds Force and the leadership of Martyr Soleimani, the volcano of terrorism created by the Americans would have engulfed the Europeans and the security that prevails in Europe today would have been destroyed,” the IRGC chief said.

“The fire [of terrorism] was reaching the edge of Europe and had it not been contained, it would have covered all the geographical levels of Europe; but the Europeans and Americans are accustomed to replacing executioner with martyr, and oppressor with oppressed,” he added.

Major General Salami called on the European governments to avoid committing their past mistakes, stressing that they will have to accept the consequences if they make a mistake again.

“Europe has not learned lessons from its past mistakes and thinks that it can undermine the glorious IRGC, which is empowered by faith, trust, strength and determination, with such statements,” he said, adding, “We are never worried about such threats or even acting on them, because the more opportunities our enemies give us, the stronger we act…but we advise the Europeans not to repeat their past mistakes.”

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Major General Salami, Qalibaf said the Iranian Parliament is ready to respond decisively to any disruption to the IRGC, warning the European Council against acting irrationally and in line with defending terrorism, according to IRIB News.