Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in his address to air force commanders on the anniversary of the historic 8th of February when in 1979 air force officers pledged their allegiance to the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA), described the Ten-Day ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution as a source of solidarity and strength for the Iranian nation.

He said: “This year, by the grace of God, the Bahman 22 rallies will be one of those most spectacular ceremonies.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed out that the US regime is the avowed enemy of the Iranian nation and is more barbaric than its creation the Takfiri terrorists called Daesh. He said irrespective of the current US president’s disclosure that it was Washington which created Daesh, there is documented evidence to prove this fact.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the February 11, 1979 and other key occasions of the Islamic Revolution as being more than just glorious memories saying: These divine days of the past 39 years will further solidify the pillars of the Islamic Revolution.

He described the Islamic Revolution as a living reality and stressed that the stability and formidability of the Revolution today is greater than those of the early days of the Revolution, reiterating, “The revolutionaries of today are stronger, wiser and more insightful than the revolutionaries of the early days of the Revolution; therefore, the Revolution has advanced and evolved.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said change and development, like in other living creatures, is part of the nature of the Revolution and added, “Now that the Revolution is entering its 40th year, the fundamentals and basics have remained stable and fixed; however, from this mighty tree with deep roots have emerged fresh and new fruits.”   

He said the key objective of the enemies in battling the Islamic Revolution is to prevent the emergence of new fruits and the continuation of the Revolution, saying, “The enemies are the same people whose puppet and obedient regime was toppled with the victory of the Islamic Revolution in this sensitive region, and the US regime is at their helm.”

He pointed to the widespread methods of the enemies to counter the Islamic Revolution, saying: “They utilize self-proclaimed thinkers, fake theoreticians, mercenary journalists and writers, clowns and all of the facilities of cyberspace to affect the people; however, on some divine days such as February 11, December 22, 2009, or December 22 this year, and in the spontaneous, passionate and fervent rallies following those occasions, people flock to the streets and ruin the calculations of the enemy by chanting a single slogan in unisons.”  

Ayatollah Khamenei said the efforts of the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation transcend measures on cyber-space, and they also use sanctions to create economic problems, but the Iranian people, out of love for the Islamic Revolution, pour onto the streets in droves and further strengthen the Revolution.

He forecast the February 11 rallies this year as an example of the love and respect of the people for the Revolution and added, “Due to the nonsensical words and blabber of some US and other politicians of other countries this year, the people sense that the enemy is setting up an ambush to carry out hostile acts and, therefore, by the grace of God, the participation of the people in February 11 rallies this year will be greater and more fervid than ever and everyone will attend.”  

Ayatollah Khamenei described “social justice” as one of the other fundamental policies of the Islamic Republic, saying: “The objective of social justice is to remove the distance between the people and, of course, we have shortcomings and shortfalls in this area and what should be done has not been done yet; however, all should know that we have not given up this fundamental policy and are seriously pursuing it.” 

He said one of the ways for the realization of social justice is to battle tyranny and corruption and added, “Fighting tyranny and corruption are very difficult and as I said a few years ago, corruption is like the seven-headed dragon of myths whose elimination is not easy but must be done.” 

He stressed: “Combating tyranny and corruption among government workers must be more serious and intense than other cases and all of the country’s officials and managers must attend to this issue.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said “standing up against tyranny and corruption at the international level and exposing it” is another fundamental policy and stressed, “Today, the most tyrannical and merciless structures of the world is the US regime, which is even worse than the savage Daesh terrorists it created, as the incumbent US president has admitted.

He said: “As well as creating Daesh, the Americans supported them, and such inhuman US outfits as Blackwater were likely responsible for the teaching of some violent and brutal methods to them. Yet it is strange that despite all these cruelties and hard-heartedness, the US regime shamelessly claims to be a supporter of human rights and as well as animal rights in international propaganda.”  

As clear examples of the US tyranny, Ayatollah Khamenei described the 70-year oppression of the Palestinian nation by the Zionists and the massacre of Yemeni people by the Saudis, adding: “Yemen’s infrastructure and its oppressed people are being bombarded daily by US allies with American weapons; however, the US regime pays no heed and makes no complaint and with utter brazenness raises the baseless allegation of the delivery of missiles from Iran by displaying some metal scraps.” 

He asked: “How is it possible to send missiles while Yemeni people are under a blockade?”

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed, “Indeed, according to the explicit directives of Islam, tyranny must be countered and the oppressed must be helped.” 

He pointed to one instance of the involvement and resistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in regional affairs and said, “In the issue of resistance in the West Asia region, the Americans planned to undermine resistance; however, we resisted and said we will not allow it. Today, it has been proven to the entire world that the US wanted but failed while we wanted and succeeded.”

In continuance of his speech, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution took note of an important issue, namely the issue of the “people” and the great asset of “the popular and religious nature” of the Islamic Revolution, saying, “The Islamic Revolution was popular and the people believing in Islam showed resilience and expressed gratitude in all stages such as the Holy Defense (during the 8-year war imposed by the US through Saddam) and the martyrdom of their children, because this defense and martyrdom took place in the path of God and the Martyr of Karbala Imam Hussain (AS).”  

He once again highlighted the word “people”, and posed the question: “Who are the people?” He then provided the answer by saying: “The people are those who create the February 11 epic every year; the people are those who, after rioters became involved, stepped back even if they had had a complaint and entered the fray on December 22. These are our people. Do not mistake them. Know the people and work for the people sincerely and to gain God’s satisfaction, because God has requested us officials to be the servants of the people and serve them.” 

He reiterated, “The people have complaints about corruption and discrimination. The people will tolerate most of the problems, but they are complaining of corruption and discrimination and will not brook it; therefore, the officials of the three branches of government must seriously counter corruption.”

In the concluding part of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Armed Forces to engage in development, saying, “Development in the first place is to develop oneself, and develop military personnel befitting the Islamic establishment, namely, faithful, brave, self-sacrificing and prudent forces who stand up mightily against the enemy, but have no arrogance in the face of friends.”   

As Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the resplendent record of the Air Force in the self-sufficiency campaign and the building of equipment, saying: “Some countries only have money but do not have the privileges of religion, morality, wisdom and skill; however, you youth can renovate the equipment and the Air Force organization through talent, intellectual capability and power of innovation and must know that you will be victorious.”

He stressed, “In all of the issues of these years, revolutionary forces have, by the grace of God, claimed victory and in future too, to the chagrin of the enemy, victory belongs to you and the Iranian nation.” 

Prior to the remarks of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi described the formation of the campaign for self-sufficiency in the Air Force as one of the important and strategic initiatives of Ayatollah Khamenei and offered a report on the capabilities of the Air Force in building equipment and its combat and defense power, saying, “The Air Force is actively present in helping those affected by the Kermanshah earthquake and also in helping the oppressed Muslims and the resistance front and we are ready to implement our military oath by removing the disgraceful stain of the Zionist entity and the Takfiri terrorists from the region.”

AS/MG

 

 

Feb 10, 2018 11:42 UTC
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