Unidentified members of Iran's Assembly of Experts, the group

that 'elects' and is supposed to oversee the activities of country's

supreme leader. This photo was taken last march, according to

the supreme leaders Web site.



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Supreme Leader in Plea to Iranians Not to Fall for West's 'Soft War'


Iran's supreme leader is sounding a bit less secure today. Presumably, this article from the Islamic Republic's tightly-controlled Kayhan newspaper went to press just hours before news broke that Tehran has been building a second uranium enrichment plant. The leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, during a speech to the Assembly of Experts, pleads with Iranians not to fall for what he calls "Western soft war."


By Kian Mokhtari


September 25, 3009


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei: Experiencing a challenge to his leadership from within the ruling elite and Iranian society in general.


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TEHRAN: On Thursday, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Tehran must remain alert to U.S. and British plots against the Islamic Republic.


The leader told the Assembly of Experts, "The British government, with its black 200-year record against Iran, the United States and others, say 'we support the Iranians,' and that they support the actions of some of us. … Therefore, we mustn't overlook enemy plots aimed at creating divisions among us."


Ayatollah Khamenei said that the United States and Britain were "cheered" by some of the incidents that occurred after the June presidential election, which saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reelected.


Since the election, Ayatollah Khamenei and other officials have lashed out particularly at Britain for fomenting the violence that rocked Tehran. The leader spoke of the "strength, optimism and solidity in the Islamic system," while pointing out the "sophistication and extensiveness of the enemy's planning in the current situation."


Ayatollah Khamenei also elaborated on the "soft warfare and principal methods of plotting by adversaries of the Islamic Republic," and emphasized the importance of maintaining a high level of alertness, an understanding the situation and having courage. The leader spoke of the importance of maintaining unity when dealing with new plots and tactics.


"The Islamic system has thirty years of experience confronting all kinds of challenges. It is because of the Islamic system's great development and the difficulty of its achievements that the conspiracies and plots of its opponents have also developed. That is why the all aspects of these plots must be identified in order to overcome them," added the leader.


According to Ayatollah Khamenei, there is at present only a small likelihood of war, and he opined: "Right now, the enemy has decided to do psychological combat with the Islamic system, or in other words, soft war. The central purpose of the enemy is to transform our system's strengths and opportunities into weaknesses and threats."


“An intelligent and vigilant presence at the scene of events together with prudence is needed to counter these plots” said the leader. “Of course, this presence will attract Divine assistance."  


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The leader then elaborated on the enemy's main tactics and plots: “One method of the enemy is to impair optimism and hope, transforming them into pessimism and doubt.” He said it is to indoctrinate people into seeing themselves at a dead-end or in a bad light, and ultimately, “to take away the poise and drive o society.”


"The peoples' 85 percent turnout in the presidential election, the repeated affirmations and affections that are held for the Islamic system for 30 years, as well as the election of a president with such an unprecedented and lopsided vote is one of our great strengths.” The opponents of the system, however, “are exerting themselves to transform this virtue into a source of doubt and pessimism."


Pointing toward the numerous grounds for hope in the country, the leader added: "The country's solid infrastructure and preparedness for a leap forward, very significant scientific progress, the system's thirty-years of experience, an energetic, educated and self-confident younger generation, and a twenty-year strategic plan defining the movement of the country, are all outstanding triumphs that the opponents of the Islamic Republic want to transform into weaknesses."



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According to the leader, attempting to sow discord among different sectors of society is yet another of the enemy's soft war tactics.


"Today, signs of public unity and empathy among the people are evident. Manifestations of this include the presence of people at Friday Prayers during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the big turnout at Qods Day rallies [Jerusalem Day], and a grand popular presence during prayers for Eid al-Fitr throughout the country," the leader stressed.


"Can one ignore the enemy's pleasure over certain post-election issues and events, and then feign ignorance?” The leader said the British government, "with its black 200 years record vis-ŕ-vis Iran, and also the U.S. government and other governments who praise some Iranians and claim to support their nation, do so as all of these people are part of the Islamic system. Therefore, we mustn't lose sight of the extent of our adversary's hostility in their efforts to plot conspiracies and sow discord."


Ayatollah Khamenei advised elites and the "select" in society, as well as the nation's political movements, to strengthen their insight. The leader then asked: "How can we deny it, when the enemy was present, overtly and without any disguise, in the street disturbances after the election? Therefore, insight is very important for the influence it will have on the conduct of others," the leader added.  


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"In their soft war, the adversaries of our system use an overwhelming amount telecommunications tools to propagandize and attack the beliefs, power to discern, motivations and foundations of our system and country," the leader continued.

Stressing that post-election disturbances were fully pre-planned, Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Thanks to the Grace of God, the conspiracy was defeated and the enemy's arrow ricocheted back at themselves.”


"After the passage of thirty years, Iran's Islamic Revolution is strong and firm and one can see the part played by Divine Power in this. But God's Grace applies only as long as all of us remain sincere in the service of the Revolution and its aims - and not to resent any efforts that must be made along this path," the leader extolled his listeners.


Ayatollah Khamenei expressed welcome and condolences on the occasion of the martyrdom of the Mamousta Mullah Muhammad Sheikh ul-Islam, the Kurdistan Province representative to the Assembly of Experts who was assassinated on September 17. "The loss of this learned man, who preached unity and believed in the fundamentals of our system, was a painful loss. But those who committed this crime must know that their terrorist and violent act will lead nowhere, and the aims of our opponents will not be realized.


"The hand behind this crime is certainly abroad and a member of the enemy's espionage agencies. But, without doubt, Sunni seminarians and the Kurdish people will continue with great enthusiasm in this revered martyr's path."


The 88-member Assembly of Experts is an elected body with the power to appoint the leader of the Islamic Revolution. It is headed by former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.


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