Ayn al-Asad was merely a slap, but the U.S. must leave the region (3)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday, January 8, hours after Iran gave a sampling of its avowed vengeance by attacking two American military bases in Iraq for the unpardonable U.S. crime of martyring General Qassem Soleimani, granted audience in Tehran to a large gathering of the people of Qom, on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the uprising of the people of that holy city against the British-installed and American-supported Pahlavi regime.
He said to the cheering audience amid vociferous chants of God’s Majesty (Allah-o Akbar) and “Death to the US” that Iran’s lobbing of over a dozen destructive missiles on the Ayn al-Asad airbase that caused extensive damage in equipment was merely a slap, and full vengeance means the U.S. must leave the entire region.
Here is the third and concluding part.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said about General Qassem Soleimani: “His martyrdom showed the whole world that the Revolution is alive in our country. Some people wanted to pretend that the Revolution is over and that it is dead – of course, some people are still trying to make this happen. However, his martyrdom showed that the Revolution is alive. You saw what happened in Tehran and in other cities. Of course, I am deeply sorry for and touched by the bitter incident that occurred in Kerman as a result of which, some of our dear compatriots from Kerman lost their lives and I wish to express my condolences to their families [referring to the death of some people in Kerman during stampede at the burial of Martyr Soleimani]. I hope that the pure souls of the deceased will be raised with Martyr Soleimani.
“With his martyrdom, Martyr Soleimani cleansed dust-covered eyes. The enemies felt humble in the face of the greatness of the Iranian nation. Of course, they may not show it, but they have no other option. The enemies who are trying to describe that great Mujahid and that Sardar and Commander of fighting against terrorism as a terrorist – in other words, the unfair and untruthful Americans who rave and rant all the time and whose words are actually worthless – had such intentions in mind, but the Iranian nation slapped them across the face!
“An important and noteworthy point concerns our responsibility in the present time. After all, an important incident has occurred. Revenge and other such matters are a separate issue. Of course, they received a slap in the face last night, but this is different. Regarding confrontation, what is important is that the presence of the U.S. in the region – which leads to corruption - will come to an end and such military moves do not suffice. They have started wars in this region. They have brought about discord, sedition and destruction. They have caused infrastructures to be destroyed.
“Of course, they have had the same performance wherever they set foot in the world. For the moment, we have our own region in our sight. And they insist on committing the same acts of corruption and destruction against dear Iran and the Islamic Republic. This will end. This region does not accept the U.S. presence in regional countries. Regional nations and popular governments in the region will undoubtedly not accept that either. This is an important issue for another place.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Our responsibility as the people and as members of the Islamic Republic is first to know the enemy. We should know the enemy and we should not err in recognizing it. You should not say that all of you know who the enemy is. Yes, you know who it is. The enemy is comprised of Zionism, the U.S. and the whole arrogance front. You know this but there is a tremendous effort to make it look the other way and to change the people’s opinion with an intricate propaganda campaign. Everyone should be vigilant. It is very important to know the enemy. This is one issue and another is to know what its plan is, what it is doing and what it wants to do next. After that, we should know with what method we should confront the enemy’s plan.
“Our people should know this because we are reliant on the people. The Islamic Republic is nothing and it is completely meaningless without the people’s assistance, their votes of confidence, their willpower and the meeting of their demands. The people should know the enemy, know its methods and know how they should confront such methods. This is the duty of intellectuals. Today, we are fortunately not lacking in brave and insightful people in the country. We have insightful, brave, intelligent and well-informed individuals in the military, scientific and political arenas. Therefore, we should listen to what they have to say. What they deem necessary to be done should be correctly implemented in the country and in society. We do not have a shortage of these individuals.
“Fortunately, the graduates of the school of the Late Imam increase on a daily basis. Once Imam Khomeini (RA) had said during the holy defence (of the 1980s) that training youth and growing promising saplings is the master key of the Revolution. He said this once and what he said was completely correct as he was a man of wisdom. All victories and all these important tasks are small compared to the task of building outstanding individuals. Today, we fortunately have many of such individuals.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: “We should know the enemy. I would like to say this in a firm and definitive manner. As I said the enemy is made up of the U.S., the Zionist regime and the apparatus of arrogance. The apparatus of arrogance is not only comprised of the U.S. and similar regimes, but is comprised of a collection of corporations and global looters and oppressors who are opposed to every centre which fights against oppression and looting. It is they who form the enemy. We do not consider as an enemy such and such a government in the region or beyond which might say something against us. We do not consider them as an enemy as long as they do not make a move in the service of the enemy and against the Islamic Republic. It is the former whom we consider as the enemy. Therefore, we should not make a mistake in identifying the enemy. If we know who the enemy is and how we should confront it, we will succeed. The enemy’s plan is to undermine the determination and willpower of our people in various areas. This is the enemy’s basic plan. It wants the people to have doubts regarding their faith and their firm determination. These are the two elements and key words which I previously discussed: Faith and Religious Zeal.
“Arousing doubts in the people’s faith and religious zeal is what the enemy is after. They know that should this happen, the offensive and even defensive power of the Islamic Republic will be influenced and eradicated. That is why they are hatching plots. Of course, this is not the only plot hatched by the U.S. and other such powers, but it is the most important one. They hatch plots against the Islamic Republic in the arena of politics, the economy – you are witness to the sanctions – and security.”
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out: “A few days before the incident of the month of Aban – the incidents related to petrol price hike and other economic matters – an American agent as well as a few mercenary and treasonous Iranians gathered together in a small, really malicious and evil, European country to design schemes and plot against the Islamic Republic. And their plot was what we witnessed in the subsequent days on the issue of petrol. In those days, the people were upset about the price of gasoline and some of them took to the street to protest. However, as soon as some people – they were few in number – entered the arena, those deceived individuals and those agents and mercenaries embarked on implementing the plot of the enemy. In other words, their mission was to destroy governmental and public centers, to set buildings on fire, to kill people, to sabotage and to start a war. This was their plot beforehand. Of course, when I say, a few days before the incident, it was just an effort to update their plans - they had already hatched the plot, they had already trained some agents and they had given money to those mercenaries. So, they do such things as well and they do them as much as they can.
“On that day, I said in a meeting with the people [on the occasion of Nurse’ Day] that American elements were rejoicing in Washington the day when that incident occurred in our country. They said to a politician [who was in Washington D.C. at that time] that Iran was done and over with, but it became clear after two days that they themselves were done and over with. They were very sad and upset and they were feeling really down.
“The enemy’s plan should be understood. And we should take our fundamental tenets into account in the face of this plan. The fundamental tenets are ideological principles – whether Islamic or revolutionary – and national unity. The unity which was fortunately witnessed in the shadows of the blessed coffin of Martyr Soleimani and his martyred colleagues should be preserved. The people should adopt this orientation: the orientation of the Revolution, of commemorating revolutionary men and of respecting martyrs and whatever reminds one of revolutionary values.”
Ayatollah Khamenei made it clear: “All of us should know that the enmity of this front that I spoke about is not seasonal and temporary, rather this enmity is intrinsic and perpetual. They strike whenever they can. The cure for this is to strengthen ourselves in the area of the military, security, politics and the economy. We should strengthen ourselves in different areas so that the enemy fails to deliver his blows, otherwise his enmity is an intrinsic one. Some people think if we take a step back and show a bit of compromise, the Americans will stop showing enmity. This way of thinking is a big and grave mistake. Some people nurture the thought that we should not do something to enrage the U.S. – some people say this: they write it in newspapers – this is the exact opposite of what the Almighty Creator of the universe says (in the holy Qur’an in Ayah 29 of Surah Fath):
“Such is their description in the Torah and their description in the Evangel. Like a tillage that sends out its shoots and builds them up, and they grow stout and settle on their stalks, impressing the sowers, so that He may enrage the faithless by them...”
“As it happens, the growth of pious personalities and strong saplings and religious youth is to “enrage the faithless”. The aim is to enrage the enemy. And that is why they are even angrier! They are angry at the youth active in the arena of science, of jihad, of public services and of the military. They are angry at them [audience chants “Allah-o Akbar!”].
“I hope that your voices will always be loud, that your tongues will always be eloquent and that your steps will always be firm on this path and may God shower His mercy on our dear ones and the recent martyrs – Soleimani, Abu Mahdi and their companions – whether they were Iraqis or were Iranians. I hope that God will shower His mercy on all those who help smooth the path of this nation.
“The bill that our Majlis ratified on January 7 was a very good bill [on the basis of which all commanders and officials and members of the Pentagon are designated as terrorists. And the bill that the Iraqi parliament ratified on January 6 was very good as well. It concerned the expulsion of American forces from Iraq. I hope that God will bestow His blessings on all of them so that they will be able to finish treading this path in a successful manner.”