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 chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth
You are very welcome dear youth and beloved and dear children of this nation. You are a new and enthusiastic generation which is thirsty for hard work. Today, the new generation in our country thankfully has these characteristics: they are full of energy, power and motivation and they are ready to do every task towards which they feel responsible. This is what we witness in most youth of the country. Well, this is a great provision and it is very valuable. The existence of an abundance of youth – millions of them – in a country that has so much capacity for work and endeavor is a great blessing.
I would like to reiterate the issue that I have repeated time and time again. There is a policy to deprive the Iranian nation of this blessing: the blessing of an abundance of youth. In ten, fifteen years’ time, the consequence of the decrease in population will be that you will not see an abundance of youth in the country and this is the reason why I repeat and stress this matter and issue warnings about it. There are some dangers and some perilous measures whose consequence will manifest itself in 10, 20 years and that will be the time when nothing can be done about it. Of course, the honourable officials have promised me to pursue this matter in a serious way and to eliminate the problems. By Allah’s favor, they will do that. And I will pursue it as well.
In any case, the existence of you youth and dear ones is a blessing for the country. You should preserve yourselves on the straight path because this country needs you. It needs you in the real sense of the world. You should build your country and help it move forward. The young generation should do so. Of course, the youth who tread the wretched path of materialistic desires, drugs and the like cannot be expected to do so. It is motivated and enthusiastic youth with a sense of responsibility – in other words, you young and pious forces of the country – who will build the country.
Today, I will raise a point about America – because the occasion of our gathering and our meeting is related to America – and if there is time God willing, I will raise another point about our domestic issues and the issues of the country.
As for America, I will tell you that America has not changed in any way since the Aban of 1343 – during which time, the regime installed by the US, drove our dear Imam into exile – until the Aban of 1398 which is the present time. America is the same America. The same wolfish qualities which existed in those days, exist in the US in the present time as well. The same global and international dictatorship exists in the US today as well. That day, the US was an international dictator who had certain gendarmes in different parts of the world. Its regional gendarme and mercenary was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In other parts of the world, there were other individuals. Today, the same dictatorship exists, but with newer methods and tools.
There is the same wolfish quality, the same international dictatorship, the same malevolence and the same desire for having no limits – it has no limits and borders. The US is the same US. Of course, it has weakened today. The US has become weaker compared to the year 1343, but it has also become wilder and more brazen. This is what the US is.
America showed enmity towards Iran. Throughout the history of US-Iran relations, the US has always shown enmity towards Iran. This even happened during the time of the taghuti regime. Its enmity towards Iran before the Revolution involved overthrowing the national government in the year 1332. An American agent came to Tehran with a suitcase full of dollars and he went and hid in the British Embassy. From there, he began spreading money and distributing dollars in order to employ certain individuals, launch a coup and overthrow the national government.
Of course, that administration was to blame too. Its mistake was that it placed too much trust in the US, but the Americans did that anyway and they installed a corrupt administration which was dependent on them. There is no worse form of enmity. They dominated our armed forces, our oil, the policies of our country and our culture: it was a complete domination. This continued from 1332 – when the coup d’état of the 28th of Mordad took place – to the victory of the Revolution in the year 1357. Such was its enmity towards the Iranian nation and our country at that time.
And after the Revolution, it is clear how it has shown enmity. Until today, it either issues threats and imposes sanctions or utters hostile words, creates problems and tries to infiltrate the country. They have always been on bad terms towards Iran and the Iranians.
Some people distort history, the Americans themselves do that. The year when I was president and went to the UN, a then well-known journalist in the US interviewed me at the UN, citing the capturing of the embassy – the Den of Espionage – as the starting point for the differences between Iran and the US. He said, since your youth went and captured the embassy, Iran and US have begun to have problems. However, this is distorting history and this is not the truth of the matter. The differences between the Iranian nation and the US began on the 28th of Mordad and even before that. On the 28th of Mordad, the differences reached their peak. It was they who behaved in a treacherous and malicious way by making the Iranian nation suffer from a corrupt and dependent regime as a result of a coup d’état. That was not a minor event!
For many years, our country would be trampled upon by the regime which had been installed by the US. So, the starting point for the hostilities was the 28th of Mordad of 1332, it was then. Of course, prior to that, there were certain plans as well. Truman’s plans during our teenage – I remember it to some extent – had a friendly appearance, but were hostile in reality. However, on the 28th of Mordad, everything became clear. They came to the middle of the arena and they launched a coup d’état in an independent country with a national and popular administration which had trusted the Americans – Mosaddeq trusted the Americans and he was punished for that – and they installed a corrupt, malevolent, oppressive and cruel regime.
On those days, the Iranian nation adopted a realistic position towards the US based on their heart-felt experiences. Notice that our magnanimous Imam said in the year 1342 – ten years after the coup d’état of the 28th of Mordad during which time Islamic and popular activities had already begun – that the Iranian nation hates nobody in the world more than the US President. Imam knew his people in the year 1342. That was the state of affairs.
The Islamic Revolution was basically against America. You dear youth should know this. When the Islamic Revolution achieved victory in the year 1357 with the leadership of Imam and with the presence of the masses of the people – who entered the arena, who destroyed the corrupt monarchy and who established the Islamic Republic – it was basically against the US. The slogans of the people and of the groups who would pour onto the streets, embracing danger by doing so, were anti-American slogans. And during this time span – from 1357 to the present time: this has lasted 41 years – the US has done whatever he could in showing enmity towards the Iranian nation. It has done whatever it could and whatever it knew, against the Iranian nation.
These plots include coups d’états, various schemes, secession plots, sieges and the like- and you are witness to all these. Thankfully, today’s youth are smart. During our youth, young individuals were not aware of the developments like you are. You can see that the Americans have done whatever they could during this period. They have shown enmity as much as they could.
Of course, we did not sit idle either. We too have done whatever we could against the US. We have managed to corner the opponent in the ring on certain occasions and it has failed to defend itself. This is completely clear and the whole world sees it.
I want you youth to pay attention to the fact that the most important response that the Islamic Republic has given to the US in the face of its plots, is that it has shut the door to another political infiltration by the US. The Islamic Republic has shut the door to re-entrance and re-infiltration of the US inside the country and in the foundations of the country. When it is said that we should not negotiate, this is one of the requirements and tools for preventing the US from entering the country.
Of course, this is very painful for the Americans. Arrogant and conceited America – which makes the heads and officials of other countries feel obliged to it just for agreeing to meet with it – has been insisting for many years on negotiating with the heads of the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Republic refuses to do so. This is very difficult for the US.
This signifies that there is a nation and government in the world which does not accept and give in to the usurping and taghuti power of the US and its international dictatorship. This ban on negotiations is not merely an emotional course of action. There is a solid logic behind it as it shuts the door to its infiltration, it shows the power and magnificence of the Islamic Republic to the world and it makes the empty greatness of the other side visible to the whole world because it does not sit at the negotiating table with them.
Some people think that negotiating with the US solves the problems of the country. This is a grave mistake. They are one hundred percent wrong! The other side considers Iran’s accepting and sitting at the negotiating table as bringing the Islamic Republic to its knees. It wants to say that they have finally managed to bring Iran to its knees with severe sanctions until it agreed to sit at the negotiating table with them. It wants to say this to the whole world. It wants to prove that the “maximum pressure” policy is a correct policy that has worked because it has succeeded in bringing the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table. And I will tell you that it wants to say that the US gave no concessions to the Islamic Republic.
If the officials of the Islamic Republic had shown naivety by sitting at the negotiating table with American officials, they would surely and definitely have gained nothing. Neither sanctions nor pressures would have decreased. As soon as they negotiated with them, new expectations and impositions would be brought up. For example, they would say that we should have such and such missiles, that we should not have missiles and that the range of our missiles should not exceed 100, 150 kilometers.
Today, by Allah’s favor, our youth build exact missiles whose range is 2,000 kilometers. At 2,000 kilometers, they strike every target with an error range of one meter! Well, this is very difficult for them. They say that we should destroy these missiles, that their range should not exceed 150 kilometers. They are bringing up these matters. If you accept these terms, you will be ruined! If you do not accept them, it will be the same story you see. They will begin to say the same things that they say today: that the other side will not give any concessions to you.
The Cuba and North Korea experiences are in front of us. They went as far as exchanging words of love with North Korean officials, let alone negotiations. He said, “I love you”, the other one said, “me too” [Audience laughs]! What was the result? They did not reduce even a little bit of the sanctions! They are like this. They do not give concessions. They make you abandon your position and then they show that they have brought Iran to its knees and that they have succeeded in their maximum pressure policy. Then they will say that we Iranians gained nothing in the end. This is how negotiations work.
Amid this, certain governments – such as the French government – act as intermediaries, insisting on this matter by writing letters, making phone calls, visiting our country and organizing numerous meetings in New York. They insist that we should meet with the Americans.
The French president said, if you have one meeting with them, all your problems will be solved! One really wonders at this. Either he is very naïve or we should say that they are collaboratiing with the Americans! It is one of these situations.
No problem will be solved with meetings and with negotiations. No problem whatsoever! I was confident that this would not be practical, but in order to clarify the situation for everyone, I said fine, they should correct the mistake that they made by leaving the Bar-Jaam [JCPOA] and they should return to it. They should lift all sanctions and then they should participate in the Bar-Jaam group. If they do this, I have no objections. I knew that this would not happen. Well, it did not happen and they did not accept it.
If they are not sick and if they are sincere, they should accept these terms, but they do not want to solve any problem! They will bring up new demands which will surely not be accepted by the Iranian side. It is clear how the situation is. They will say that we should not be active in the region, that we should not help the Resistance, that we should not be present in such and such a country and that we should not have missiles. They will impose such things and they will gradually touch on other areas.
They will say that we should not insist on the issue of hijab and on the issue of religious rules. They will bring up such demands because there is no limit to their demands! A few years ago, I asked officials in this very Hussainiyah to show me the point where the US will stop and where he will not make new demands. Their demands are infinite!
They are after restoring the condition that existed before the Revolution in the country. This Revolution was against the US. They want to restore the same condition, but the Revolution is much stronger. The Islamic Republic is much more powerful than such claims. By Allah’s favor, the willpower ruling over the Islamic Republic is made of steel and it has firm determination. It will not allow the US to return to the country with these tricks. Well for the moment, this much is enough for the US [Audience laughs]!
Let us attend to domestic matters. I would like to say something related to domestic affairs. This issue has also received attention by the honorable officials and the different divisions of the administration which really like to work. Of course, we have many issues regarding domestic affairs. We have certain issues in the area of the economy, culture, science and research and social matters, but I wish to stress one particular issue which is what I discussed with the Iranian nation in my New Year speech as the New Year slogan: the issue of boosting production. Eight months have passed since then!
Of course, I will tell you that good measures have been adopted in these last eight months. Good tasks have been carried out. There are areas that need to be worked on. In the beginning of the year, I said to the Iranian nation that the key to solving the economic problems and issues of the country is production. I am not an economist. This is what economists say. This is something which all economists agree on. After that, when I announced the slogan of the year, all those economic experts who expressed their viewpoints in newspapers and in cyberspace confirmed this. They said that boosting production is the key to solving the economic problems of the country because it creates employment.
Youth unemployment, which is a grave problem, will be eliminated with employment. There will be national wealth, public welfare and even scientific progress. When production is boosted, factories and industrial and agricultural organizations will feel that they need scientific methods. Universities will enter the arena as well. So, science will be boosted as well. The key to solving the economic problems of the country is boosting production, which I discussed this year.
Well, I want to say that we have problems in the area of the economy of the country. Issues such as prices, inflation and the devaluation of the national currency are placing the people under pressure. If we want to eliminate these problems, the only way is to attend to domestic production.
One of the honorable ministers – the honorable Minister of Industry – made a very good remark which made me happy. He promised that they would help every production and industrial unit on the verge of being closed down. Very well, this is a promise. They should honor their promise and pursue it. This is superb! This is related to industry, but the officials of the country should behave in the same way in different areas. There is no other option.
We cannot wait for others – foreigners – to come and solve the problems of the country because this wait will harm the economic progress of the country. If we wait some time for the Bar-Jaam, if we wait to see if the US President will sign a waiver every three months – this has unfortunately been inserted in the Bar-Jaam: in other words if his waiver is renewed or not – if we wait for some time to see what will become of the plans of the French and the French President, this is all waiting! During this period of waiting, economic investors will not make investments because they do not know what to do. Economic activists do not know what to do. Well, this wait drags the country towards stagnation and backwardness. How long should we keep waiting? You should let go of it!
I am not saying that you should break off the relations. You can maintain relations. If someone can do something, they can do it, but you should not pin your hopes on them, rather you should pin your hopes on the inside. Inside the country, capacities are abundant!
The governor of a certain province said some time ago that he has managed to sign contracts worth 90 thousand billion tomans! Do you know what 90 thousand billion tomans means? It is one fourth of the overall budget of the country! This is being said by a governor. Well, our capacities are these. Even if half or two third of it fails to materialize, the other 30 thousand billion tomans is no small figure. This is about one province only! So, you should follow up the matter and research. These are the capacities of the country and they should be utilized.
As for boosting production, one of the ways to boost production is preventing the importation of those products which are produced inside the country. Why do they not prevent it? This is my serious question to the honorable officials! There are some individuals who breathe with imports. Their life, their windfall wealth and their resources depend on imports. That is why they do not allow unnecessary imports to be prevented. Is it they or unemployed youth who come first? The country’s jobless youth stay unemployed with unnecessary imports which drag domestic production towards defeat!
The definite cure is to research the correct policies which have been announced to the honorable officials – whether to the administration or to the Majlis – and to implement them in practice. This is the way to resolve the problems of the country.
At the end of my statements, I wish to say to you that our capacities are many. The capacities of the country are numerous. By Allah’s favor and grace and despite the foolish desires of those who cannot see our achievements, we will emerge victorious out of the problems of the country.
May God preserve you for the country. May He preserve you youth. May God help all the diligent officials of the country so that they can carry out their duties in the best way possible, God willing.
Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings
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 chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth
First of all, I would like to congratulate all you dear youth and dear children, whether the youth who received their ranks today, finished their studies and joined the young officers of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and the youth who received their epaulets today and who began their path towards their career in the Army. I hope that all of you will be successful, God willing.
You who received your ranks today – while you had epaulets yesterday – have become the young officers of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. In the future too, you will turn into the commanders, officials and powerful managers of the Armed Forces in your country by Allah’s favor and grace. The arena was well-organized today. A beautiful performance was delivered in the arena. I thank the organizers of this performance and those who presented it.
First, I will raise a main point and after that, I will discuss other points for you dear youth of mine. The main point is that presence in the Islamic Republic of Iran Army is not merely a job like other jobs that one pursues, rather it signifies undertaking a holy responsibility. What is that holy responsibility? Ensuring security. Security is one of the most important and influential elements that a society needs. If security does not exist in a society, no task will be carried out in that society in a correct and positive way. If security does not exist in a society and if a country is threatened by its enemies, then people cannot engage in scientific and research work, nor in economic, intellectual and cultural work.
In an unsafe environment, everyone is preoccupied with saving their own lives. You Armed Forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran Army are the preservers of security in this country. This is an extraordinarily important, sensitive, holy and valuable responsibility. You should appreciate the value of this. Therefore, if you youth, who have pure and radiant hearts, try to get close to God with this course of action, you are actually doing an act of worship. In other words, your exercises, your participation in the classroom, the missions that you carry out and the great tasks that you accomplish are all considered acts of worship. When one’s work is holy and when one decides to get close to God, this is an act of worship. So, this is a fundamental difference with other occupations.
The issue of security, as I mentioned, is very important. The gravest harm that the enemies can inflict upon a country is to take its security away. You can see what the enemies are doing in some of the countries in our region. They are taking away security in those countries. And the agents behind these moves have been identified. Today’s arrogant powers – above all, the US – and western intelligence services are creating chaos in some of our neighboring regional countries with money from some reactionary countries in the region. This is the worst kind of enmity and the most dangerous form of showing a grudge against a nation.
I wish to use this opportunity to say to the sympathizers of those countries – such as Iraq and Lebanon which face certain problems – that their priority is to cure insecurity. Their people too should know that although they have legitimate demands, those demands can only be met within the law. The enemy wants to upset legal structures. When there is no legal structure in a country and when there is a void in this regard, nothing can be done. No positive course of action can be adopted. They have devised such plans for our dear country as well. Fortunately, the nation entered the arena on time. It was vigilant and the Armed Forces were present as well and they helped to foil the plot. This cure exists for all the countries who face this problem. This is the first point. You should know that you are the preservers of security – in other words, the preservers of the most important asset that a nation has. Security is a key to other assets.
The next point is a comparison between the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and the armies of arrogant powers. I do not want to discuss all armies in the world. I neither know them nor wish to speak about them. My discussion is about arrogant armies. I want to compare our Army – which benefits from you youth and you newly grown seedlings and flowers – with the armies of arrogant powers. There is a deep difference in terms of identity and nature. As I defined it, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army considers itself to be the preserver of security in its country. This is its main function. However, the primary mission of the armies belonging to arrogant powers is to invade, to occupy and to deliver blows to the countries which can be harmed for certain reasons and certain interests. This is the difference!
We have never begun a war in the Islamic Republic era. When needed, we have defended in a powerful and solid manner, but we have never attacked and shown transgression. Never! In the philosophy and logic of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, there is no transgression. However, if you look at the armies of arrogant countries in the past 100 years – when I say “the past 100 years”, this is because this humble person himself is aware of the developments in the past century as I saw up close what happened in our own time – the traces of the crimes committed by the armies of arrogant powers can be witnessed almost everywhere in the world.
In the Indian subcontinent – in Pakistan, India, present-day Bangladesh, Burma and small countries in the Indian Ocean – the English army committed such crimes in the twentieth century that one really feels disgusted at remembering them and at the manner in which they invaded a nation. There are shocking writings about massacring the people in that area. That was only part of what they did. The English army did this in the east.
In the past century, they did the same things in West Asia as well. They did the same things in parts of North Africa. They have committed such crimes that nations will never forget. Of course, politicians – whether the politicians in those weak countries or the politicians in England itself – wanted to cover it up. They wish to consign it to oblivion somehow, but it cannot be consigned to oblivion. It has been recorded in all histories and it will remain there forever.
The same things have been committed by the French Army. The French – who have deafened the world with the cry of human rights and democracy – have committed so many crimes in North Africa, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. In East Asia – in Vietnam – before the Americans entered Vietnam, the French committed crimes there. They committed many crimes. They committed crimes in East Asia. The French Army committed shocking crimes in present-day Syria and Lebanon. They exerted many pressures on the people. These incidents occurred in the past 100 years. Arrogant armies are like this by nature.
And when it was the Americans’ turn, it is clear what happened. In August of 1945, the Americans killed in one moment, hundreds of thousand people with one bomb in Hiroshima. When the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, a hundred thousand people were killed in the first hour. Of course, later on, other people – tens of thousands – gradually died or were handicapped as a result of poisoning caused by nuclear radiation. Three days after that, they dropped another bomb on Nagasaki . Fifty thousand people were killed there as well.
They were asked if you wanted to finish the war – they would say that they wanted to finish the world war by doing that – the first bomb was enough, why did you drop the second bomb on Nagasaki? The answer was that the first bomb was made with uranium, but the second one was made with plutonium and we wanted to test it! Notice that in order to test a bomb, the lives of 150,000 people were lost at once. This is the nature of arrogant, impious, Godless and immoral armies. This is how armies are different from one another. Of course, these are a few examples that I am citing. If someone decides to speak about the crimes of armies belonging to arrogant powers and if they wish to go beyond the past century and to reflect the past two, three hundred years, they could and should write several books.
Well, what do such armies rely on? How do they get their resources? They rely on arrogant governments. In other words, the problem is not with the armies themselves, rather their source of reliance – arrogant systems – is the problem. Notice that the secret behind our insistence on and persistence in the Holy Quran and our desire to establish an Islamic government is this. When humanity falls into the hands of immoral and impious systems which do not have a correct orientation, this is the outcome and this is what their armies look like.
The armies which committed so many crimes relied on the political powers which had dominated those countries. It was they who supported those armies. And the armies preserved those systems in their own right. This is nature of their work. Of course, on this side too – the side of the Islamic government – the Islamic government respects and attaches value to its Army, its Armed Forces, its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, its Basij and its Police Force. It attaches significance to them. The Armed Forces are one of the most important and efficient elements in the amazing and beautiful system of the Islamic Republic which has been formed by various elements from top to bottom and from its length to its width.
The third point is about the characteristics of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. During the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army has been at the service of the Islamic Revolution with its heart and soul. It brought all its power to the arena. All forces inside the country faced a historic test. Each one of them emerged out of it in a particular way. The Islamic Republic of Iran Army emerged honorable out of it. This is my judgment about the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. Since the first hour of the victory of the Revolution – and even a little before it when revolutionary forces of the army showed their presence – until today, this has lasted 41 years, I have been aware of Army affairs. The Army has shown its presence very well in this arena.
First of all, many elements in the army of the taghuti system, who had preserved their religion and their faith, managed to enter the arena and to actually form the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. Shahid Sayyad, Shahid Sattari, Shahid Babai and looking further back, Shahid Fallahi, Shahid Fakuri, the late Zahirnejad and the late Salimi were active in the army of the taghuti system. However, you see that those brilliant figures managed to welcome the Islamic Republic and to make a large section of the Army follow them.
When Shahid Babai was the commander of the Isfahan Air Force base, I went and visited the base. The entirety of the base which had Shahid Babai as its commander – he was a colonel then: a pious and revolutionary man – used to be run like a basiji organization. I went and visited different places in the base.
Shahid Sayyad was the manifestation of revolutionary dynamism and religious faith and belief. This was one of the things that happened in the Army: former elements – many of them – welcomed the Islamic Republic. I mentioned only a few of them. A large number of them attained the lofty position of martyrdom and some of them were active in public services. They rendered services, worked and endeavored hard and we were witness to their efforts.
Secondly, the army laid down its life in all arenas. In confronting secessionists who were dependent on foreign powers in the beginning of the Revolution, the Army was one of the forces that entered the arena and that worked in certain parts of the country. During the eight-year Sacred Defense Era, the Army showed its presence in an eye-catching manner. It had the same performance in defending the borders of the country in the years following our victory in the Sacred Defense Era. The Army has played a part in supporting the Resistance Front. These courses of action have been recorded and they will be clarified, announced, written and published in due time in the future.
Thirdly, the Army transformed its domestic capabilities. It transformed its organization, its operational tactics, its structure, its thinking and its army culture. The religious and faith-based spirit in the military academies of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army is a very outstanding and important phenomenon, but it has not been achieved easily. In the course of time, pious and competent commanders managed to establish these traditions in a deep and persistent manner. The anti-religion orientations of the taghuti army have completely changed. They have turned into religious, cultural and Islamic orientations.
The next point is about the future. Well, we have become familiar with the nature of the Islamic Army and we have briefly discussed the current assets of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. There are certain responsibilities for the future.
My dear ones, you should see what a free nation means. When they say that freedom is a value, what does the freedom of a nation rely on? Which nation is referred to as a free nation? A free nation is a nation that wills and that acts freely, that identifies its true and national interests and that safeguards those interests with its independence in the area of willpower and action. A free nation needs these things. It is these characteristics and qualities that introduce a free nation to us.
If a nation manages to make this correct decision and to avoid being influenced by the enemy’s calculation sabotage, it will achieve good results. As for calculation sabotage, notice that one of the primary tasks of the enemy is to change the calculations of the officials and intellectuals of the country and secondly those of the masses of the people. He wants to influence their calculations.
For example, imagine that you succeed in installing a virus in someone’s personal computer with the result that the computer produces false and wrong data. The enemy sometimes influences the public and general computer of the country’s management, its thinking and its calculations. A free nation is a nation that does not accept this influence, that thinks freely in the true sense of the word, that acts with courage and that pursues its own national interests. Well, what does this require? It requires insight.
If we do not have insight, if we do not benefit from correct thinking, from open eyes and from vigilance, we will not correctly identify our true interests, we will not successfully find the path to achieving those interests and we will not correctly identify the person who should undertake this heavy load. When there is no insight, we look like a person who has no eyes and who consequently fails to see the path. Insight is this significant for a country, a nation and the masses of people in that country. If these qualities exist in a country and nation, that nation will achieve the desired results.
Of course, this brings about certain requirements for all groups of people including our Armed Forces. We should not think that some people have insight in the country and therefore, the Armed Forces should blindly obey whatever they say. No, insight is a public quality. This is the case in the Islamic government. In the Islamic government, each and every one of you should think, deliberate, identify, decide and act. You should feel responsible and you should take care not to let the enemy influence your mental calculations.
Now, a number of conclusions are obtained from the last point that I raised: the first conclusion is that the enemy should not be trusted. There should not be any naïve optimism.
The second conclusion is that we should not take our eyes off the enemy’s moves. We should constantly watch his moves. One of the important divisions in our Armed Forces is intelligence and intelligence-related awareness. We should not take our eyes off the enemy’s moves. We should always be wary of his plans, his plots and his moves.
The third conclusion is that the enemy should not be viewed as small and weak, as Sa’adi says, “…the enemy cannot be considered small and weak.” We should try to know the enemy with his own dimensions and then, we should be prepared to defend ourselves against his transgressions.
My dear ones another requirement is that one should not become too proud of victories. Victories are valuable and we can be happy about them, but we should not become overconfident with victory. There are many individuals who face certain problems for some reasons after they have initially achieved a victory. The well-known historic example in this regard is the Battle of Uhud during the time of the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet himself was present and Muslims won, but one case of negligence turns the victory into defeat, making a great commander like Hamza the Master of Masters be martyred as well as many others. Many were wounded as well and the army of Islam was defeated.
Victory should be preserved. Preserving victory depends on preserving the elements that lead to that victory. These elements include faith, persistent jihad, constant diligence, unity and cooperation. These elements should not be lost.
My dear ones, we should not become busy with trivial materialistic diversions either. Many of us humans have good motives and lofty determination. However, sometimes small and trivial diversions seem very important to us. Pursuing positions, wealth and lust sometimes keep us busy. When we busy ourselves with these things, we let go of our goal. I said that there should be constant diligence, but with those diversions, diligence and victory will be lost. Therefore, we should pay attention that we should preserve the elements leading to our victory and we should not busy ourselves with diversions.
What concerns the Armed Forces and the forces which preserve security in this regard is that they should be careful about fitna. The Holy Quran says, “For tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter” [The Holy Quran, 2: 191] and “tumult and oppression are graver than slaughter.” [The Holy Quran, 2: 217]. The Arabic word “ashad” means, “harder” and the word “akbar” means “graver, greater.” Slaughter is bad and abhorrent, but fitna is worse than that. If fitna is worse than murder, the forces which undertake security should take the necessary deployment against it. They should keep being prepared to confront fitna. This is what organizations should pay attention to.
And the last point that I want to discuss is about hope for the future. From what I see in your statements and in your moves and in the conduct of the youth of the country in different organizations – whether the youth in the Armed Forces or youth in other organizations – I understand that our youth are thankfully full of hope. Despite the foolish desire of the enemy – who wants to eradicate such hope and such bright spots in the hearts of the people – hope is thankfully abundant in the country. This hope should be preserved and we should be confident that Allah the Exalted will fulfil His promises.
Today, we are witnessing the fulfilment of divine promises in front of our eyes. My dear ones, Israeli forces had managed to defeat the forces of three Arab countries in the course of six days. In another war, they managed to defeat those countries in the course of 10, 12 days. So, who would have thought that that well-equipped and dominant force that had defeated the armies of three countries would be forced to retreat and to suffer defeat by the pious youth of Hezbollah? It threw in the towel in the course of just 33 days!
More importantly, it was once defeated in the face of the determined Palestinian youth in Gaza – in tiny Gaza – in the course of 22 days and another time in the course of seven days and after that, it called for ceasefire. Who would have thought this? When there is resistance, patience, reliance on God and belief in divine promises, this is what happens. We witnessed these events up close. From now on too, it will be the same.
In the present time, we can see that arrogance has been frustrated until today despite the massive sums of money that it has spent in West Asia – in our region. They themselves are acknowledging this. They say that they have spent seven trillion dollars and they have gained nothing! They are acknowledging this themselves. This shows that one can trust in and rely on the power of spiritual faith and that one can be hopeful about the future.
And I will tell you that the Return Marches that are being held in Gaza these days will one day lead to the return of the Palestinians to their land in the true sense of the word and the true owners of that land will return to it, God willing. I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow His blessings on each and every one of you and on your family members.
Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings