There are some weird things going on in Iran these days. And all these weird stuff are like the largest anti-riot drills in Tehran, testing new missiles and the Persian language Radio Farda reports that the Iranian regime has extended a national pardon for all military service deserters. This pardon acts like a recruiting drive for the regime armed forces since the military service in Iran is compulsory and desertion is a huge issue among the youth. Therefore all these stories make me believe that the regime is probably more nervous than ever. Are they expecting something? I don't have a clue but this doesn't sound normal to me. The above mentioned drill is so large and unprecedented for decades that even pro-Mullahs BBC Persian is reporting it as well. Also BBC Persian says that the clerical regime has set up a special security committee for the city of Tehran alone. More than 30,000 police force will take part in the exercise. BBC reports that the security officials are reviewing the ways to bring more troops to Tehran from other provinces in case of an emergency; these drills and exercises will last for more than a week according to my knowledge and what I have read so far. Photos
My own analysis is this appears to be preparation for a possible foreign attack. The regime may believe that they are vulnerable now to attack while President Bush is still in office - though more likely from Israel. Sen. Obama will sell Israel any day. The Mullahs fear that the Iranian people might rise up if the country is attacked, and riot in Tehran and try to overthrow the gov't.