Leader details “Days of God”, says the US disgraced itself
Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in his Friday Prayer Sermons in Tehran today to a multimillion gathering of worshippers that overflowed the sprawling Imam Khomeini (RA) Mosalla into adjoining streets, dwelt on key issues, and hailed as “Ayyam-Allah” (Days of God Almighty), the massive millions-strong funerals for Martyr Qassem Soleimani in Iraq and Iran, and Iran’s retaliation for the US crime in assassinating the General that devastated the Ain al-Asad airbase.
He said to the worshippers amidst chants of God’s Majesty (Allah-o Akbar) and “Death to the US”, that the US disgraced itself by its cowardly killing at Baghdad airport on January 3 of the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhanddis, the Deputy Head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), while Iran’s missile barrage in response that shattered the superpower image, further disgraced the US.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, who led the weekly Friday Prayer after a gap of some eight years, opened his first sermon with emphasis on ‘taqwa’ which means piety and obedience to Divine Commandments that make a nation indomitable. He next described the past two weeks as extraordinary marked by both bitter and sweet events that contain lessons for the Iranian people.
He said: “When an arrogant and bullying power is slapped in such a fashion, this is indeed a manifest sign of Divine Power, and so are the massive millions-strong funeral rallies in Iran and Iraq for martyrs of state terrorism, that is the reason these two events could be called Days of God.”
He referred to the “bitter tragedy” of the loss of lives in the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner outside Tehran on the day Iran battered the US airbases in Iraq and was on high alert for any mischief by the US in response, saying that necessary measures must be taken in order to avoid a repetition of such incidents.
He once again offered condolences to the families of martyrs of the Ukrainian plane, and thanked the IRGC commanders for providing explanations, saying: “We share their grief, and thank the parents and bereaved families who stood against the enemy’s plot and acted against what the enemy wanted, even though their hearts were full of pain and sorrow. The mother of one of these dear ones in this plane wrote to me: We are standing by the Islamic Republic and your guidelines”.
“Such an expression needs courage, insight, and awareness,” said Ayatollah Khamenei, adding: “Although it is very important to follow up the issue (of the plane crash), but more important is to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.”
He referred to the sedition attempted by the US in its aftermath, saying: “As much as we were saddened and our hearts broken by the plane crash, our enemy was made happy, thinking it had found a pretext to question the IRGC, the armed forces, and the Islamic Republic, since its goal was to overshadow the grand display of solidarity of the nation (at the funerals of the martyrs and at the IRGC missile attacks on the US base), but it was proved wrong.”
E3’s move to overshadow recent events
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution took to task the heads of the British, German and French regimes, who sheepishly admitted that under pressure from the US they have started a process to re-impose European sanctions on Iran.
He called these regimes “evil” and said their threats to take the nuclear issue to the UN Security Council are aimed at overshadowing the recent developments in Iran.
He reminded: “These same three countries had helped Saddam as much as they could during the (US) imposed (8-year) war (against Iran in the 1980s). The Germans had supplied chemical weapons and equipment to Saddam to target our cities and warfronts. The bodies of our veterans still bear impacts of these attacks.”
He further pointed out: “France provided Saddam with Super Étendard strike aircraft to target our oil tankers, while Britain has been wholeheartedly at the service of Iran’s enemies including Saddam. This is their sordid record, and they are acting the same way today, and should be dealt with accordingly.”
Ayatollah Khamenei noted the empty talk and nonsensical remarks of the EU 3 (Germany, France, Britain) after the US unilaterally breached the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying: “From the very first day I said I don’t trust these three regimes. They will not do anything, and will only serve the US. Now almost a year on, it is crystal clear that they are literally US pawns.”
He called these European regimes “footmen of the US”, and said: “You’re too tiny to bring Iran to its knees, when your elder and master, the US, failed to do.”
He said this deceitful bunch which is not different from the terrorists of Baghdad airport [who assassinated General Soleimani], cannot be trusted.”
Nation must be strengthened
The Leader said the Iranian nation must get stronger “since this is the only way that lies ahead of us. We have no problem with negotiations, but definitely not with the US, and of course from a position of strength.”
He said “being powerful doesn’t mean military might alone. Iran’s economy needs to be strengthened as well. Our dependence on oil must end, and the country must get rid of its dependence on oil. The scientific and technological leap must go on.”
He was confident that in the near future Iran will become so powerful that the enemies will not even dare to think of threatening the Islamic Republic.
Address 'to Arab brothers'
Towards the end of his second sermon, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution switched to Arabic for the convenience of listeners in the Arab world, terming as unmanly Donald Trump the terrorist’s cowardly killing of Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhanddis.
He said: “Afraid of facing Gen. Soleimani in the battlefield, the Americans opted to assassinate him along with those accompanying him at the Baghdad airport.”
The result was, he added: “Once again, Iraqi and Iranian blood mixed together to flow on the fields. The martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi meant the failure of foreign-funded plots to sow division between the two friendly and fraternal neighbouring countries.”
Ayatollah Khamenei took note: “Much money was spent and irresponsible people were used to fan flames of sedition in Iran against the Iraqi nation, and in Iraq against the Iranian nation, since Washington’s goal in Iraq is to stir up civil war and partition the country by eradicating its resistance forces.”
He also praised the struggle of the Palestinian people against the illegal Zionist entity, and said the foreign-funded conflict and instability in countries such as Syria and Lebanon are also part of the “enemy's sedition” which has targeted Iraq, which means “the sole path leading to the liberation of these nations is resisting the enemy and standing fearlessly against it.”