pro-government demonstrator near the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran
a poster of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the annual commemoration-
of the seizure of the embassy by militant students on Nov. 4, 1979.
of Iran Broadcasting, Iran
Supreme Leader Urges the Young
to 'Understand the World Arrogance'
eve of the 30th anniversary of the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran,
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave a speech to students "and the
families of martyrs." According to this news account from the state-run Islamic
Republic of IranBroadcasting, Iran's most powerful man gave
little cause for Western optimism that his regime is prepared to negotiate.
Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei,
the leader of the Islamic Revolution, has called the American government one of
the world's most truly arrogant and cautioned that in order to know its
arrogance, Iranians will need new insight.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the
remarks in a speech on Tuesday to thousands of students and families of
martyrs. Urging American authorities to abandon all hope of benefit from the
turmoil that ensued after Iran's presidential election, Khamenei advised, "the
Islamic Republic is more profound than they imagine and the Islamic system has
overcome thornier incidents than this."
At a meeting held on the eve
of November 4, Iran's national day of combat against the world arrogance [the
United States], the leader said that, "precise, logical and firm combat
against arrogance is based on several prerequisites that include motivation
inspired by faith, because orders and plans alone fail to provide a nation with
Ayatollah Khamenei went on, "Thanks
to the abundant experience we have gathered over the past 30 years, today's
younger generation enjoys a faith just as strong as the young during the early years
of the revolution - if not more."
The Leader noted that the views
of a few dilapidated, frustrated revolutionary men cannot equate with the mass
of the nation and its youth, and said that if there is an incident that imposes
a war against the country, the rush of the young to battle the enemy would far
outstrip what was seen in 1980-1981, when the Western-backed Iraqi army invaded
Iran [a reference to the Iran-Iraq War with the regime of Saddam Hussein in
A second prerequisite [for
combating the world arrogance], according to the Leader, is insight. "The
current global situation and Iran's extraordinary position have prompted my
repeated calls for insight. Any public action taken at the current time
requires public insight," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader said he also
appreciated today's younger generation in Iran for having greater insight than earlier
ones, before and after the revolution, but adding again that the most important
prerequisite for combating the arrogance is to understand it.
"By the arrogance, I
mean the power or those powers that intervene in the internal affairs of other
nations with the assistance of financial, military or propaganda facilities
that they own or may as well own [because they control them]," Ayatollah
Khamenei said. Touching on the history of the U.S. government in other
countries, particularly Muslim ones, Ayatollah Khamenei remarked that this is
an arrogant government in the truest sense.
"Following the Islamic
Revolution, which revealed the power of the Iranian nation to overthrow a
corrupt, puppet monarchy, the American government, instead of apologizing and
compensating the nation for damages it had already inflicted, embarked on the hatching
of plots against us. From the very earliest days of the revolution, its embassy
became a center of espionage and plots against Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei said
Describing the record of U.S.
atrocities against Iran as a very thick book, Ayatollah Khamenei said that
years ago, a U.S. Defense Secretary, speaking from the heart to politicians in
Washington, voiced his hope for the elimination of the Iranian nation. But the
late Imam Khomeini stood fast and asserted that Iranians would never back away their
Iranian protests the regime near the site of the former U.S. Embassy
Tehran. It was a counter-demonstration to a regime-staged protest
commemorate the 30th anniversary of the taking of embassy.
Nevertheless, the Leader
asserted that U.S. activities, rather than setting back the nation, had prompted
it to move forward. Referring to the recent so-called friendly words by
U.S. officials, he and said American smiles had never before been a sign of
friendship, but rather something showing an intention to hatch new plots. Remarking
that tactical smiles only trick children, the Leader said that only
gullibility, carnal desires and fancies could cause a great nation or its
officials to be tricked by them.
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In reference to the U.S.
president's oral and written messages calling for talks and problem solving,
Ayatollah Khamenei said, "We chose not to judge beforehand and instead to sit
and witness how the slogan of change was put into practice. Now it seems they [the
U.S. Administration] have done the opposite of what they said."
Then reminding people of
what Obama had said in his speech to celebrate the Iranian New Year [video below], Ayatollah
Khamenei said that the Islamic government would never shake an iron hand in a
velvet glove. The leader said that Washington speaks of talks and threats at
the same time, showing that negotiations must lead to the result they [the
U.S.] desire - otherwise they will do this or that to us. He underlined, "This
is the wolf-sheep relationship that Imam (Khomeini) noted - and we don't want such
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"During the era of the
two superpowers, when they both agreed on enmity toward the Islamic Republic,
the Iranian nation stood up and defeated them both. This should be a lesson to
America, because it no longer possesses the power it did then, while the power
of the Islamic system has multiplied," said the Leader.
He said that the Iranian
nation seeks independence, freedom, the achievement of its national interests
and progress in science and technology, adding, "If anybody wants to
attack the rights of the Iranian nation, this nation will stand up to them."
"Once America quits its
arrogant mood and fruitless interventions in the affairs of other nations, it
will be a government like any other government to us. But this will not happen while
America craves returning to and controlling Iran - because by no means can it
force the Iranian nation to retreat," he added.
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"Let the Americans know
that the few people foolish enough to have confronted the Islamic Republic are
in no position to roll out the red carpet for them, because the Iranian nation
is still standing," Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.
In another part of his
speech, the Leader said the nation and its future belong to the youth, adding
that in their hands, the country would be preserved. He said strong will and
determination is the key, and that the real strength of the Iranian nation is
in scientific research.
At the end of his speech, Ayatollah
Khamenei urged the young to rely upon and have strong faith in Almighty God, and
that divine victory is theirs if they move forward with might, determination,
self-refinement and scientific training.
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