News ID: 318016
Published: 0321 GMT November 17, 2021

Leader: Colonialists waging soft wars to pillage nations

Leader: Colonialists waging soft wars to pillage nations

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned Iran’s scientifically-elite community of the soft wars being waged by the world’s colonial powers with the aim of rendering nations indifferent or ignorant towards their genius and setting the stage for the pillaging of those nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei issued the warning at a meeting on Wednesday with a group of young scientifically elite in Tehran.

“A significant part of the soft war, which is being and has always been waged by colonialists… is to render a nation — either our nation or any other talented nation — ignorant and indifferent toward its talents or make it (the nation) face a situation in which it denies those talents itself,” the Leader said, according to Press TV.

“When a nation is dominated by ignorance of its own capabilities, it becomes easy [for colonialists] to pillage that nation. Ignorance is a prelude to plunder… Ignorance and plunder go hand in hand,” he added.

Referring to the Holy Qur’an, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “God warns in the heavenly book that the enemy wants to render you ignorant of your weapons and possessions in order to attack easily. This is significant today given the pressure and the hype [against Iran] in the world over the issue of drones and missiles.”


‘Above global average’

The Leader further hailed the high levels of intelligence and genius in Iran and said, “When it comes to intelligence, our country stands above average in the world. It is not a mere claim. It has been proven and is certain, which means our country — or our nation — is potentially a genius.”

“Genius is a divine blessing, a blessing from God that should be appreciated. The first thing that comes to your mind should be gratitude,” the Leader told the participants. “What makes [an individual] a genius is not mere talent or mental capacities. There are many people with [great] talents and mental capabilities, which go to waste. [Those capabilities] never become realized, are not put to good use, or fail to render a genius.”

“What makes a genius, besides mental talents and mental capacities, is being grateful for this reality and blessing,” he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said while authorities are required to fulfill their duties vis-à-vis the country’s scientifically-elite community, the young elite should likewise feel responsible toward the homeland’s affairs, accept certain “inevitable hardships” while fighting to overcome the obstacles, and not allow instances of unkindness in some institutions to prevent them from making efforts and moving forward.


Global source of science

The Leader further praised the progress being made in different scientific sectors and said, “Today, important scientific projects are being implemented in the country, which are mainly part of the scientific branches created by others, but in addition to all this, unknown laws of nature should be discovered on the back of creativity and innovation.”

Ayatollah Khamenei enumerated a number of the issues facing the country, including the problems facing water resources, the environment, rural life, the financial system, production, as well as social deficiencies. He said, however, that “scientific solutions could be found for all the country’s problems.”

He further urged the scientifically-elite to pay attention to the planned future for Iran, reminding them of his remarks a few years ago about the need for the country to turn into a frontrunner in the field of science on the global stage.

“We must move in such a way that within a reasonable time in future, Iran would become a source of science in the world and everyone would have to learn Persian to have access to the latest scientific findings,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei called artificial intelligence an important and “future-making” science, emphasizing, “This issue has a role in managing the future of the world and we must act in such a way that Iran will be among the world’s top 10 leading countries in [the area of] artificial intelligence.”

He also raised the alarm at certain attempts at dismaying the scientifically elite of the country’s future and provoking them to leave their homeland.

Promoting the immigration-first policy and encouraging young elite at universities to leave their homeland “is explicitly a betrayal of the country and enmity with it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.



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