Leader: Enemies seek to set Iranians against establishment, to no avail
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the enemies are seeking to pit the Iranian people against their government and the Islamic establishment but all to no avail.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Saturday at a ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of the passing away of Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him), the late Founder of the Islamic Republic.
The Leader said Western countries mainly pin their hopes on the popular protests in order to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
“By launching psychological warfare, recruiting mercenaries, and staging media campaigns against Iran, they attempt to set people against the Islamic establishment,” he said.
However, the Leader added, "Enemies are making miscalculations as they did before by erroneously believing that it can stir up public dissent in the country."
He said they make such mistakes as they get “wrong advice” from “Iranian traitors” who say: “Count on the Iranian people to rise up against the Islamic establishment.”
The enemies are "naive to suppose that people have lost their faith in religion and the clergies,” the Leader reiterated.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranians’ interest to the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic establishment is growing day by day, citing the funeral procession held for Iran’s top anti-terror Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
He also said, “Iran will not reach an impasse” despite some who claim otherwise on social media.
The Leader also underlined that the West has plundered nations all the way from Asia to Africa and South America for the last three centuries.
“While the West has been ravaging the world… murdering, torturing and establishing slavery, their thinkers adopted human rights laws,” he said, adding this paradox in speech and actions is a “masterpiece of the West civilization.”
Expose enemies’ lies, deceptions, and psychological warfare
The Leader emphasized the enemy's lies, deceptions, and psychological warfare must be uncovered.
He touched upon the recent illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by Greece and the confiscation of its oil by the United States.
The Leader praised the IRGC's Naval Forces for retaliating the act of piracy by the Greek government.
Days after the Iranian oil tanker was captured by Greece in its territorial waters, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) seized two Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf over violations.
The Leader went on to say that the enemy has “accused Iran of stealing” in their media campaigns, however, “taking back what is stolen from you is not called stealing, you are the [real] thieves.”
‘Being grateful to officials a heavy responsibility’
The Leader also said the enemy is trying to undermine the Iranian officials, so it is more important to be grateful to them now than ever.
Citing a building collapse in Abadan in southern Iran, the Leader said, while those who are behind the deadly incident must be punished, it is imperative to be grateful to the officials who traveled to the city and met the victims’ families and supervised the rescue operation.
“Now that the enemy is seeking to undermine the Iranian officials, it is of greater importance to appreciate them,” he said.
Imam Khomeini ‘put religious spirituality and people’s vote together’
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said that Imam Khomeini helped align dualities which had been meant to contradict one another.
“He put religious spirituality and people’s vote together” and accordingly, “put economic justice and wealth creation together,” Ayatollah Khamenei added, stressing that “we neither oppress anyone nor do we accept being oppressed.”
And he said that Iran will “strengthen its economy and improve its knowledge,” and concomitantly “ensure security and build up defense”.
“We have to observe national cohesion and unity and at the same time we have to respect diversity and different views,” he added.