New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “The Enemy Is Weak and Our Officials Should Not Be Deceived By Him”

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his pure, immaculate, chosen, infallible and purifying household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth

You are very welcome dear brothers, dear sisters and ulama, outstanding personalities, honorable families of martyrs and enthusiastic and peerless youth of Tabriz. Indeed, the people of Tabriz – in particular, the youth of that city – are unique and peerless in the country. I am very happy to have thankfully had the opportunity to meet you at this Hussainiyah on one of the days of Allah – the 29th of Bahman which is truly one of the days of Allah.

First of all, I would like to say that this day of Allah was created by the people of Tabriz. Days of Allah are days during which Allah the Exalted manifests Himself in a special manner. Sometimes, people’s intentions, determination and willpower create such days. The people of Tabriz created this day on the 29th of Bahman of 1356 with their determination and insight – I will expand on this matter later on.

Of course, that was not the first time and it was not the last time either. Our recent history is imbued with the important participation of the people of Tabriz and Azerbaijan on important matters and in significant and determining events. If you look at the post-revolutionary era – the first events after the Revolution, of course, you youth do not remember those days – the people of Tabriz worked a miracle in the true sense of the word. The plot which had been orchestrated by the enemy in Tabriz was foiled by the people of Tabriz themselves and they did so in the best way possible.

Everyone was worried about what would happen in Tabriz. The anti-revolutionary enemies had assembled their troops with the aim of separating Tabriz from the Revolution. However, Imam said that the people should not be worried because the people of Tabriz will respond to them on their own. And this was exactly what would happen. Later on, during the Sacred Defense Era and the subsequent events, after that in the year 1388 and following that, on the 9th of Dey – the whole country staged a demonstration on the 9th of Dey, but the people of Tabriz did so on the 8th of Dey, one day sooner than everyone else – the people of Azerbaijan thankfully played a leading role.

My dear ones, you should play a leading role in the second phase [of the Revolution] as well and you will do so, God willing. The people of Tabriz are proud of this day of Allah – the 29th of Bahman. Notice that this is an important point. This is very important. There are some people who are weak, desperate and inactive. They might have made a revolutionary move one day, but they are now ashamed of their past under the pressure of the enemy’s plot and more importantly, due to worldly temptations. However, the people of Tabriz are proud of their revolutionary past, like the majority of the Iranian nation. They are proud of it and they hold their heads up.

They say that it was they who established the tradition of arbaeens [the 40th day commemoration after a death], which is a revolutionary movement. They are right and they are proud of it. The very essence of your gathering here – this great and enthusiastic gathering, marked by the large presence of you youth – is one of the pivots and signs of this grand and significant pride and honor.

Well, I would like to raise certain points about the 29th of Bahman, which is the main issue that I want to raise. However, before that, I wish to raise two points in this opportunity that I have.

The first point is that at the end of my [recent] statement, I thanked the people of Iran for the 22nd of Bahman rally. However, to tell you the truth, that expression of gratitude was completely insufficient compared to what the Iranian nation deserves. The Iranian nation accomplished a magnificent feat in this year’s 22nd of Bahman rally. I will tell you that according to the report that was delivered to me, the turnout was much higher than previous years. This was the case all over the country or in 98 percent of the cities of the country. In certain cities, this increase was 50 percent, in some cities, it was 40 percent and in some other cities, the increase was 30 percent.

The enemy sees this movement, but he denies it in his propaganda. In his propaganda, he says that only “thousands” of the people came to the streets. They do not say that millions of people – overall, tens of millions of individuals – poured onto the streets. They do not mention this, but they understand it well enough. The enemy understands this and the whole world knows that a country whose people are in the middle of the arena in such a united way will come to no harm from the enemy’s plots and tricks. Everyone knows this.

Your presence at the political and revolutionary scene of the country and the commemoration of the 22nd of Bahman of the year 1357 throughout the country was an important political and security move which was made by the Iranian nation. One should thank God because our hearts are in His hands: “Legs have moved on Your path and heads have turned towards You.” Our hands are stretched towards God and hearts are in His hands. It was God Who brought the people to the arena and therefore, we should be thankful to Him. We thank our dear people from the bottom of our hearts as well. The people chanted the same slogans: the slogan of “Death to America.” As I said the other day, this does not mean the American nation. On the 19th of Bahman, I said who this slogan refers to. Now, I would like to say that “Death to America” means death to imperialism, to aggression and to transgression against the rights of nations. This is what it means.

With this slogan, the people made an intellectual, well-informed, humanitarian, significant and meaningful move throughout the country. It is really necessary to express our gratitude. Some people are weak and inactive and they say that the Revolution has weakened. However, it is they themselves who are weak and they extend it to others. It is they themselves who have lost their heart and as a result, they think that the people are the same. They ascribe their own weaknesses to the people, but this is not the case. The people are those whom you witnessed on the streets on the 22nd of Bahman.

May God show His mercy and grace on you, on the Iranian nation and on those groups of determined individuals who defend their revolution, their government, their identity and their country in such an insightful manner. This was the first point.

The second point is about the dear youth who laid down their lives on the path of the country’s security. Well, on the face of it, the issue is that 20, 30 youth were martyred and one might argue that we have offered many martyrs [and this is no big deal] but this is a noteworthy point. This should raise our awareness about the price that we pay to ensure security. Notice that some individuals who benefit from security in their business, in their art, in their sports activities, in their education and in all aspects of their life show ingratitude. The security that we enjoy in our lives is achieved at this price. It is achieved at the cost of losing our youth – our best youth.

May God send His greetings to the youth of Isfahan. May God’s angels send their greetings to them. May God send His greetings to the martyr-nurturing people of Isfahan who organized that astonishing burial ceremony for those youth the day before yesterday. The people of Isfahan are also among the pioneers of this movement. This is a very important achievement. We should not forget how security is ensured: the security of our borders, domestic security, the security of roads and cities and the astonishing endeavor to ensure the safety of all those people who show their presence on the 22nd of Bahman.

Is it a minor achievement to ensure the safety of that large crowd on the 22nd of Bahman with all the events that occur there? Is it a small achievement? Who are the people who ensure this security for us? Do we appreciate their value? Do we know them? May God send His greetings to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and other forces of security – the Police Force, the Army and other forces which sacrifice themselves in such a manner. This revolution, this national dignity and this security have been achieved thanks to their self-sacrifices.

As for the Tabriz uprising, the 29th of Bahman demonstration was truly an uprising. It was an uprising in the true sense of the word. Of course, it occurred in one city, but it affected the whole country. It drew everyone to the arena and it led to that great and popular Revolution. The important point about the Tabriz uprising – which was blessed by God – was that the people of Tabriz showed their awareness of time. This is the first point. And they managed to act on time. This is the second point. These two points are very important. These two elements are very significant in all personal and social events. We should be aware of time and when we do so, when we realize that it is time to act, we should take action on time. If we do so, success will follow. If we are not aware of time, if we ignore the requirements of this issue and if we fail to act in a timely manner, then every move will be of no avail.

An example in history is the group known as the “Tawwabin.” The Tawwabin were the group of people who regretted their negligence about what had happened in Karbala where Imam Hussein – the Holy Prophet’s beloved grandson – was martyred like that and many events ensued. Following that, the Tawwabin sparked an uprising. They gathered a large contingent and they embarked on confronting the government and the result was that all of them were martyred and slaughtered, but were the actions of a hundred of them as effective as the actions of a black servant who was martyred in Karbala? Were the actions of a hundred of them as effective as those of Habib ibn Mazaheri who was martyred in Karbala? The answer is no because they did not act in a timely manner. If you wished to defend Imam Hussein, the Holy Prophet, the sanctity of Wilayat and of the truth against the falsehood of Yazid, you should have shown your presence on the day of Ashura. You missed out on the right time.

This is history. There are such examples in history. There are numerous examples in our history. I do not forget the beginning of the Revolution when Imam entered the country on the 12th of Bahman. He said in Behesht Zahra, “I will form a government.” He promised to form a government and the ground was completely prepared. Well, I do not remember exactly which day it was: it was either on the 14th or 15th when Imam summoned us. It was the Revolutionary Council – us – which was in charge of preparing the ground for the formation of the government. I was a member of the Revolutionary Council as well as certain other individuals. Imam sent for us. We went to meet with him at Alavi School.

He said to us, “Did you do it? Notice that this is the right measure. What have you done about it? What have you done about the formation of the government? Why have you not taken the initial steps?” This is what awareness of time and seizing opportunities means. Then, one, two days after that, Imam appointed the members of the interim government. He issued an edict and things continued like that. This is awareness of time.

The success of the people of Tabriz – it was God who blessed your move – was due to awareness about the developments of the times. They understood that it was time to strike. The ruling government provoked the people with the mistake that it made. And it made another mistake on the issue of Qom – when it martyred a number of people from Qom. So, the ground was prepared. How should one put this prepared ground to use? The best opportunity was to mourn on the 40th day [after the event in Qom]. The people of Tabriz understood this. The 40th day arrived and it turned into an emblem of the movement, the uprising and the Revolution. They seized the opportune moment and they used it in the best way possible. So, God blessed this movement. This is a lesson.

My dear ones, today, the Islamic Republic enjoys the best opportunities. Today, there is the opportunity to work. Today, there is the opportunity to move – a movement by the government, by the nation and by officials, each in their own area and within the scope of their own duties. Today’s youth should move and seize opportunities. Today, the conditions are suitable: we have a large population, a large country and so many capacities, some of which I mentioned in my statement. The capacities of the country are much more than the ones stated in our documents, writings and speeches. Every corner of the country – including your Azerbaijan and Tabriz: this was correctly mentioned by the honorable Friday prayer leader – is a sea of various economic, scientific, social, artistic and other such capacities. Every place in the country is a sea of capacity.

These capacities should be recognized and utilized. Who should do so? We officials should do so. It falls on us officials. Of course, when I say, “officials”, this does not mean that youth have no responsibility in this regard. When I spoke about “fire at will”, this is what it means. It means that all youth and all pious groups should do whatever possible – in different areas – within the laws and interests of the country. They should not wait for anyone. Our enemy is weak too [Audience chants, “We are all your soldiers, Khamenei. We will all obey your orders”]. [Speaking in Azeri] I know that already. You have said this before and I am aware of it. I hope that God will bestow His blessings on you and that He will protect you.

Well, there are certain capacities in our country and our enemy is weak today. Notice that I have repeated many times – I do not want to be naïve – that the enemy cannot be considered weak and desperate. In other words, we should not ignore the enemy’s strong points, but when we take a close look, we see that the enemy has many problems. The main enemy of the Islamic Republic is arrogance which is manifested by the transgressing US regime. Today, they have many problems. They have problems both in domestic and foreign areas. The heads of their country have conflicts and they have differences with one another which can be seen in news. The US government has vast and staggering debts to their own people and to foreign countries. Their debts amount to trillions of dollars! They have serious social problems.

According to the documents which have been released by themselves – these are not pieces of information that we obtained, rather they are based on their own information: this has been mentioned in their press and in some documents which have become available to us – their people and their youth suffer from [an epidemic of] depression and suicide. In the United States, murder is committed more than all other countries in the world. A large number of murders are committed every day in the US. The people are killed by one another and by the police.

Another problem is addiction and drugs. A hundred billion dollars are spent on drugs annually. The US spends 50 billion dollars – this is based on their own statistics – to combat narcotics in the country while their efforts are of no use. It is of no use. Drug consumption increases on a daily basis in that country and therefore, they have serious problems.

These problems have led to their current situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, as can be witnessed by all of you. These problems have made them enraged. That is while those weak-minded politicians – or as you mentioned, first-rate imbeciles – become furious against the people of Iran and show this by abusing and insulting our people. They go to great lengths to do something: for example, they hold the Warsaw Conference, but they get nowhere with it. They invite their allies and mercenaries – the weak governments which are intimidated by them – to Warsaw in order to make decisions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, but it yields no results [Audience chants, “Death to America” and “Death to Al-e Saud”].

All these are signs of the enemy’s weakness. Therefore, the enemy is weak. When the enemy is weak, he rants and raves a lot and he kicks up a great deal of fuss, but such fuss should not make officials lose their hearts and it should not make youth make mistakes by thinking that they have such and such power because this is not the case. The day when this Revolution was a weak sapling, all of them joined hands to uproot that weak sapling, but they failed. Today, that weak sapling has turned into this strong, pure and great tree and therefore, they will not be able to do a damn thing.

Hazrat Zainab said to Yazid, “Use all your tricks and make all your endeavors, but by Allah, you will not be able to blot out our memory”. She said to him that he could use all he wanted, but that he would not be able to do a damn thing [Audience responds with, “Allahu Akbar”]. Of course, the reputation of many heads of apparently Muslim countries was damaged during recent events. Their reputation is gone! Those who sat down at the same table with the Zionist regime in Warsaw and other such places and joined hands with the Zionists and the Americans against Islam, Muslims and the Islamic Republic do not have a good reputation among their own nations – including the Arab governments in Persian Gulf and some other governments. They do not have a good reputation among their own people. They are like that.

What I want to say is that we enjoy the freshness of our 40th year anniversary and we have the necessary preparedness and power for moving forward. We have resources and capacities. All the problems that exist are resolvable. The problem of high prices is resolvable. The decrease in the value of rial is resolvable. The problems related to domestic production are resolvable. All these problems can be eliminated. Some patience, acumen, unity, solidarity and seriousness in our moves are required. All these things are required. Our resources are very good and the enemy is weak and by Allah’s favor, he will weaken more and more.

This opportunity should be grasped in the same way that you people of Tabriz did on the 29th of Bahman of 1356 by delivering your blow and doing your job. I urge you youth – this is because the future belongs to you and because the country belongs to you – to build and prepare yourselves in psychological, physical and scientific areas and in the area of managerial capability. The country should be run by youth. They should benefit from the elderly’s advice and experience, but it is youth who are the engine of the country.

As I said, youth should prepare themselves in psychological, spiritual, moral, scientific, educational and physical areas and in the area of managerial and organizational capability. Youth committees should prepare themselves as the future of the country belongs to you and you should be able to lead it and help it reach the peak [Audience chant, “Oh liberated leader, we are prepared, we are prepared”]. I hope that God will protect you and help you show this preparedness in practice and continue this movement with stability, which is very important. This is my advice to you youth.

And my advice to the officials of the country is that they should gain a correct understanding of the enemy and that they should not be deceived by his tricks. The enemy enters in different ways. Sometimes, he shows his teeth, sometimes he shows his fists and sometimes, he smiles. All these gestures have one meaning. When he smiles and when he shows his teeth, these two gestures are not different from one another. Both these gestures mean enmity: “Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: what their hearts conceal is far worse” [The Holy Quran, 3: 118].

The feeling that they harbor in their dirty and spiteful hearts – against Islam, Muslims and particularly, the Islamic Republic – is far worse than what appears in their statements. They should not be deceived by the enemy and they should not accept his guileful words. Today, you can witness that westerners are using deceitful methods in the true sense of the word. As for the US, the US has exceeded deceitful measures and it is wielding its sword in a completely explicit manner.

The Europeans are acting in a deceitful manner. I do not want to say what our officials should do. Executive officials should think and take care not to be deceived and outmaneuvered by the enemy. They should not create problems for themselves and for the people by hoping that they can achieve something. They should not be deceived by the enemy, nor should they be intimidated by him. They should know that God’s hands stand above others. Allah the Exalted advocates and supports a people who help His religion and thankfully, our people will do so in the future.

We are greatly indebted to our dear martyrs. You should keep alive their memory. When the honorable Friday prayer leader mentioned that we should keep in touch with the families and relatives of martyrs and commemorate the great names of martyrs, this is a very good and fundamental task. Martyrs’ names, families and reputation should be enhanced on a daily basis. These are the main criteria for this path and fortunately, our youth are, have always been, and will always be ready. God’s mercy be upon our magnanimous Imam and on our great martyrs.

And I will tell you youth that by Allah’s favor and grace, you dear youth of ours will see the day when everything that I said and repeated time and time again will be reflected in the life of all you, God willing [at this point, a gentleman in the meeting says to the Supreme Leader, “Hazrat-e Agha, travel to Azerbaijan”].

I hope that God will protect all of you. My heart is there even if my body is not. I hope that you will be successful, God willing.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy

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Source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/6430/The-enemy-is-weak-and-our-officials-should-not-be-deceived-by

New issue of Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i’s magazine: “Khat Hizb Allah #172”

For prior issues see: #171, #170#169#168#167#166#165#164#163, and #162.

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Khat Hizb Allah Magazine #172

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New video message from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “How Did the Islamic Revolution Make Iran Scientifically Grow 13 Times Faster Than the World?”

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New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “‘Death to America’ Means Death to Trump, John Bolton, Pompeo and Those Who Run the U.S.”

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his pure, immaculate and infallible household

You are very welcome, my dear ones and you youth and honorable officials of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. This annual meeting with you is a source of joy for me in the true sense of the word. In this meeting, I see young, hopeful, happy and promising faces. Wherever you are, your presence is a source of hope and a great blessing bestowed by God.

I thank the honorable commander for his heartening statements. The tasks mentioned in his short report include important matters. However, they need to be pursued and followed up. It is one issue to launch a movement, but it is quite another to pursue and continue it, which is a very important issue. Also, I would like to thank our dear chorus singers. Both their poem and their song were very beautiful. I hope that you will be successful, God willing.

Dear ones, I will tell you that one of the blessings that God bestowed on our nation was that the country’s army stood by the people. This was a very great blessing. During the Revolution, if the army had not accompanied and assisted the people, things would have been different, and unusual problems would have occurred. The commanders of the army and the body of the army were completely different from each other. Each of the army forces played their part. I would like to briefly discuss the role of the Air Force.

The Air Force played a very prominent role. The first role that the Air Force played regarding the Revolution was the event of the 19th of Bahman. The 19th of Bahman was like the Revolution itself. The Revolution was astonishing and so was the 19th of Bahman. When the youth at the Air Force – some of them were officers, some had high ranks and some were homafars[technical officers]- were rallying on the street, I was present there. I saw them from one of the buildings where we were working and I went to the place where Imam was present. Later on, the youth at the air force came there and the rest is history. It was astonishing in the real sense of the word.

That event disappointed the enemy and weakened his morale to a great extent and it also gladdened the revolutionaries and boosted their morale substantially. It was really astonishing. Indeed, the emergence of those groups of people from the Air Force – overall, they were comprised of several companies – who showed their presence at the school and who performed a song and sent their greetings to Imam was an unimaginable source of sustenance for the Revolution, for revolutionary fighters and for our magnanimous Imam:  “And for those who fear Allah, He prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine” [The Holy Quran, 65: 2-3]. It was truly a provision “from sources he never could imagine.” This was the first phase.

The next phase was the incident that occurred on the eve of the 21st of Bahman. This incident is discussed less frequently. On the eve of the 21st of Bahman, the Air Force was attacked by tanks in retaliation for the former incident. Of course, the people rushed to their help. They also stood firm and gave the weapons inside army warehouses to the people. They armed the people and they vanquished the enemy. Weapons, bodies and self-sacrifices overcame tanks, and the extremely enraged forces of the regime which had targeted the youth at the Air Force. This was another phase.

I remember that night completely. The youth of the country were marching on the streets – including on Iran Street where we ourselves were present – shouting, “They are massacring the Air Force. People, pour onto the streets!” And they would chant other such slogans. And the youth rushed to their help. This was another phase.

Another phase was the issue of revealing the coup organized at a base in Hamedan – the Shahid Noje Airbase. There too, the plot was revealed by an Air Force officer. A young officer who was a pilot at the Air Force – later on, I would meet that officer in the war who would become a disabled war veteran – came to my house at dawn, telling me about the matter and what they had planned. However, we could not believe it. The young man had sweated hard to reach Imam in the dead of night – this is a long story – but he had failed to do so. They said to him that he should come visit me. So, he came to me and recounted the story. He was exhausted and afraid.

I summoned some people from intelligence and discussed the matter with them and they pursued the matter. The day after that, the coup was supposed to be carried out in Tehran, but a youth from the Air Force foiled all their plots. These are parts of our history. The history of the Revolution and revolutionary incidents and the history of the astonishing roles manifested in the Revolution is unfortunately unknown to many individuals. I put this down to the Air Force because it was that force which carried out that great feat.

Another issue is about the jihad of self-sufficiency. That was an innovation introduced by the Air Force. At that time, I was working at the Ministry of Defense and I was busy attending to military affairs on behalf of the Revolutionary Council. That proposal was not put forward by us, rather it was they who said that they were capable of establishing an organization under the name of the jihad of self-sufficiency. The naming was theirs as well. We ratified, supported and approved it, but the task would be carried out by the youth at the Air Force. Among them, there were officers and homafars. They formed a group and began to launch the jihad of self-sufficiency in the Army. The technical experts among you know what great tasks were accomplished by the jihad of self-sufficiency in the course of these past decades. This is another work by and another characteristic of the Air Force.

Another issue is that the first counter-attack in the imposed war was made by the Air Force. On the second day of war- well on the first day it was they who attacked- it was the day after that or two days later that the Air Force attacked Baghdad and Iraq with that astonishing number of sorties with the result that everyone was very surprised. The enemy did not expect that. Our resources were extremely limited. They were very limited. We did not have an ounce of resources and ammunitions. Of course, we had resources, but we did not know about them. Our commanders were not yet ready to use them. Nonetheless, they attacked a large number of – about 140 – sorties or even more in the course of one day. They went to Iraq and in response to the bombardment of our airports, they struck theirs. Therefore, the first counter-attack in the course of the imposed war was made by the Army and the Air Force.

In the course of the war too, one example of what the Army did is Operation Val Fajr-8. May God have mercy on Shahid Sattari. At that time, Shahid Sattari was a technical officer. He was a technical officer at the Air Force. He was not a commander yet. He acted in a way during the operation Val Fajr-8 that our soldiers managed to cross the Arvand River and capture Faw. His role was very outstanding in those important events which really stirred the world. There, Shahid Sattari and his colleagues lost sleep for several days. They would constantly move those defensive weapons here and there. They would constantly shoot down airplanes and would switch their places so that they would not be targeted. They accomplished an indescribable feat.

Writers, eloquent individuals and choruses should recite and write about these events. These are great tasks which have been carried out. Most of our people – our youth – do not know what happened at that time. One example of that is Val Fajr-8. There are other examples as well.

Another important task was building airplanes. The first fighter plane in the country was built by the Air Force. I went there and visited that location. They made some changes to the fighters already available to us and thus, building two-cabin fighter planes was initiated inside the country. This was carried out at the Air Force, which was an important achievement. And this continued to be the case until quite recently. The last example is supporting the defenders of the holy shrines: an astonishing endeavor. This was another great task which was carried out.

Well, this is only one part of our youth’s past. Many of you who are listening to these statements did not see those days. You were not born yet, but this has happened. This is your history. This is your past. This is your identity. You should preserve this identity as much as you can. This is what I want to say. What I want to say is that the most important task – all the things that I just mentioned and even ten times more than that result from this – is building humans and human resources: strengthening the identity and personality of a group and the people who form that group. This is the most important thing. You should build individuals.

At the Air Force, a youth like Shahid Babai was cultivated. A youth like Shahid Sattari was cultivated there and there are many other martyrs – great martyrs – and all these were achieved thanks to the Revolution. In the taghuti regime talents existed, but they would not materialize. What managed to turn copper into gold, what managed to completely change individuals and turn them into such outstanding personalities was the Islamic Revolution and the great movement of the Iranian nation.

Well, my understanding of the different matters of the country is one which has been fully reflected in my statements. All of you have heard it. My view is an optimistic one. This does not mean that I am unaware of the events taking place in the country, that I am ignorant about the issue of high prices. These are all clear matters. I receive information and news much more than other places, but when I take an overall look, I see that the Iranian nation has stood against the hostile front of the malicious and deceptive enemy like a hero and an outstanding personality and it knows what they want to do and this is the important point. We know what were are after. The ideals are clear to us. The goals are clear to us.

The people of Iran have stood behind the Revolution and the Islamic Republic with all their power. Well, there are some complaints, expectations and instances of dissatisfaction, but these complaints and expectations have not made the Iranian nation turn their backs on independence, dignity and the honor brought about by the Revolution and they will not do so in the future either. All of us have certain responsibilities on this matter.

This is my description of affairs: think of a mountaineer who is climbing up a difficult pass. He has climbed up an important part of this difficult, slippery, twisty and dangerous pass. There have been many threats, but he has resisted them and he has gone up because he has to reach the peak. As long as he does not reach the peak, threats will continue to exist. However, when he reaches the peak, the threats will be ineffectual. Everyone should show determination. This is not particular to the Armed Forces. This is not particular to the Air Force. This is not particular to some tiers of society, officials and youth. This is related to everyone. Everyone, wherever they are, should show determination and work hard.

They should recognize their responsibilities and fill in the boxes of the matrix. The boxes are filled like this: you carry out your duty and fill in one box, then another person fills in another box and yet another fills in his own box. When the boxes are completed, the task will be accomplished and finalized. This is the responsibility of everyone.

The enemy’s job is to cause panic. What he does is to cause panic, to intimidate and to make people hopeless. This is his job which is what Satan does. And this is not something that has begun today. This has always been the case, throughout history – in particular, throughout the history of Islam. “It is only the evil one that suggests to you the fear of his votaries.” This is a Quranic ayah. It is Satan who intimidates his own followers and friends: “Be not afraid of them, but fear Me, if you have faith” [The Holy Quran, 3: 175].

God says that you believers should not be afraid of Satan’s friends and followers and the powers which represent satanic powers, and that you should be afraid of Him alone and of deviating from the straight path. If someone deviates from the straight path, this is a cause for fear. This is because when you deviate from the straight, proper and correct path, you fall into the desert. You should be afraid of this, but you should not be afraid of the enemy. You should not be intimidated by him. There is another ayah which says, “Yet fear them not, but fear Me” [The Holy Quran, 5: 3] and “Men said to them: ‘A great army is gathering against you’ And frightened them, but it only increased their faith. They said, ‘For us Allah suffices, and He is the best disposer of affairs’” [The Holy Quran, 3: 173].

Notice that Quranic ayahs are lessons for leading a proper life and for making progress. After the Battle of Uhud, Muslims had suffered the loss of many martyrs. Someone like Hamzah – the Master of Martyrs – had been martyred. The same was true of many other individuals. Many had become wounded and finally, the battle came to an end. So, Muslims returned to Madinah. Just before entering Madinah – when Muslims were still in Uhud and some individuals were suffering from their wounds and they were unhappy – the enemy thought of attacking again.

At that time, the enemy had been pushed away from Madinah because in the last phase of the battle, Muslims had struck the enemy, pushing him away. So, the enemy thought of returning and launching a surprise attack because Muslims had returned to Madinah and had laid down their weapons. They wanted to put an end to the battle once and for all. In order to frighten the hearts of Muslims, they spread the rumor that the enemies were about to strike so that the people would be scared. And what boosted the enemy’s hope was that a large number of Muslims were injured and exhausted. “Men said to them: ‘A great army is gathering against you.’” The enemy’s agents said to the people that the enemy’s army is waiting outside Madina, waiting to attack you: “And frightened them.” They said that Muslims should be afraid because they were about to be ruined.

Later on, the Holy Prophet said that only those who were injured should pick up their swords and move out and that others should not join them. Notice that things are like this. You who have been injured and wounded and you should pick up your sword and head out. Some people had become injured and they were believers. They believed in the Holy Prophet and trusted him. Therefore, they picked up their swords and went outside the city to confront the group of people who had gathered outside Madinah – three, six kilometers away – and they trounced them. “And they returned with Grace and bounty from Allah. No harm ever touched them” [The Holy Quran, 3: 174].

First, “They said, ‘For us Allah suffices, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’” And then they went to the battle “And they returned with Grace and bounty from Allah.” They returned and brought bounties with them as well. They defeated the enemy, won bounties and returned with honor. This is the logic of Islam.

He who wants to frighten and disappoint you is Satan. Today, these satans are busy working in radio, on television, cyberspace and social networks in order to frighten you. However, you should not be afraid: “Be not afraid of them.” You should not be scared of them, rather you should be scared of deviating from the path of God because if you deviate from this straight path, our fate will be like the fate of those countries which are under the sovereignty of the US. Our fate will be like the fate of the Saudi Arabia and of the Shah’s regime. In such regimes, all the resources of the country belong to the enemy and the people are humiliated and defenseless in the face of the enemy.

Well, I feel that the 19th of Bahman gives one a sense of self-determination and power. The 19th of Bahman of that year was the same. On the 19th of Bahman, the youth from the Air Force who had pledged their allegiance to Imam were threatened. Well, on that day, there were threats because the taghuti regime still held power. However, they overcame their fears, they trusted God and they refused to be afraid of Satan. This was not done in secret either. I remember the event and it is completely in front of my eyes. Many of them took out their identity cards and held them up, saying that this is us: if you want to know us, we are here. They overcame their fears and did not lose their trust in God.

Today too, this still works for the Iranian nation and for the great movement of the Iranian nation – including you dear ones. Well, the 22nd of Bahman rally will be the same. Later on, I will raise two, three points about the upcoming rally. The 22nd of Bahman rally really crushes the enemy in the true sense of the word. It is the manifestation of national movement. It is 40 years now that the people pour onto the streets every 22nd of Bahman, and not just in Tehran, rather in all the cities of the country. And not just ten, twenty thousand people, rather huge and massive crowds. Sometimes, there are crowds which amount to millions of individuals. I believe that this year, this movement will be even more glorious than previous years.

The US regime is the embodiment of malevolence in the true sense of the word. It is the embodiment of violence. It causes crises and it wages wars. This is not something that has begun in the present time, rather this has been the case throughout all these years, parts of which we were witness to and parts of which we read here and there. From the beginning – not the very beginning, not the time when the US achieved independence from England, rather a short time after that – their life has been dependent on transgressing against different parts of the world for achieving, protecting and ensuring their interests.

As for nations, they are not important at all. They can be trampled upon by others. The US is the embodiment of evil. That is while this regime insults the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation. They complain why the Iranian nation says, “Death to America.” First of all, I should clarify this about American leaders: “Death to America” means “Death to Trump, John Bolton and Pompeo.” Death to these individuals means death to American leaders. We have nothing to do with the American people. “Death to America” means death to you who are a bunch of individuals and the group of individuals who are running your country.

In this current term, these few individuals are there and in other terms, other individuals will replace them. The issue is not about the American people. Secondly, as long as the US government and regime continues the same malevolence, interference, evil and malice in its actions, this “Death to America” will continue to be heard from the people of Iran!

Well, these days, there is talk of the Europeans and their proposals in the country. My advice is that we should not trust the Europeans either. As for the US, two, three years before the discussions about nuclear negotiations, I used to constantly say to officials – both in private and public meetings – that I do not trust the US. You should not trust them. You should not believe them. You should not trust their words, their promises, their signatures and their smiles. They are not trustworthy. Well, now the result is that those officials who used to negotiate in those days are saying today that the US is not trustworthy. Well, they should have known about this untrustworthiness from the beginning and then they could have moved forward! Today, I am saying that the Europeans are not trustworthy.

I am not saying that you should not establish relations with them when it comes to the affairs of the country. After all, we are a government and a system which is thankfully powerful and capable. The issue is not this. The issue is that you should adopt a skeptical outlook towards them as they are not committed to anything. Notice that they are blinding their own people on the streets of Paris! The people demonstrating on the streets of Paris are attacked by the armed forces of the French government and many of whom lose their eyesight! They treat their people like this, but they ask us to respect human rights. Well, what is it to you? What is your claim on human rights which entitles you to question another nation about it? Do you have any idea about human rights? They have no idea about human rights! This is not just the case today, nor was it the case in the past and throughout their history. They are like this.

They request and demand something in a completely shameless manner and they use a very selfish and arrogant tone. They cannot be trusted and respected because they are like this. We have witnessed this many times on different matters. France, England, this country and that country are all like this, but in different ways. Their behavior is like this. Of course, we have relations with the whole world except for a few exceptions. And we will continue to do so, but we should know exactly whom we are faced with, negotiating with and signing a contract with and over what. This was another matter that needed to be discussed.

As for the rally, the 22nd of Bahman rally is one of the wonders of the Islamic Revolution. It is really wonderful like the Revolution itself. We used to see the annual celebration of revolutions in the world on television – the ones which had conducted a revolution and which would hold annual celebrations for it. In such countries, a few individuals stand at a podium and the armed forces march past them and that is it! The whole celebration is confined to that. However in our country, the people pour onto the streets for several hours in the dead of winter – such was the Iranian nation’s luck that their Revolution was conducted in Bahman during which time the weather is cold and it snows and rains. These large crowds of the people walk on the streets and listen to speeches and this has continued for 40 years!

The issue is not about one, two years. This is the 40th year. Well, this in itself is a miracle and one of the wonders of the Great Islamic Revolution. So, this should continue with the utmost power because this breaks the enemy and it intimidates him. The 22nd of Bahman rally is a manifestation of national determination. It shows the determination of the Iranian nation. It is a representation of the public presence of the people of Iran on the scene. The presence of the nation shatters the enemy. This presence on the 22nd of Bahman shows the presence of the majority. It represents national unity: national unity! There are differences of opinion, but when it comes to the Revolution, the 22nd of Bahman and the Islamic Republic, these differences fade away and everyone stands next to one another.

I would like to offer a word of advice here. Sometimes, it is witnessed in the 22nd of Bahman rally that some people who dislike one another decide to chant slogans against one another. This is not appropriate. There are some differences. For different reasons, you have disagreements with such and such officials, managers and individuals. Very well, there is nothing wrong with this, but the 22nd of Bahman rally is not the arena where you should settle your account with them. This is my advice to everyone. Everyone should be careful. You can chant your slogans and do your job. You can preserve your ground if it is reasonable, but you should not use the rally as an arena where you can show your dissatisfaction, conflict and the like. You should allow this great movement – which is a manifestation of national determination, national presence and national unity –to continue with the same grandeur.

My dear ones, the future of the Iranian nation will be much better than the present time. And the future of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic will be much better than present time conditions. And the future of you dear ones – who are to step into your predecessors’ shoes and move better than they did – will be much better than your present-day conditions.

All of you should rely on God and work hard. All of you, wherever you are, should have a sense of responsibility and carry out your duties. Allah the Exalted will look at you kindly and He will open the path ahead of you, God willing.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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Source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/6404/Death-to-America-means-death-to-Trump-John-Bolton-Pompeo

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