1134 GMT December 09, 2022
“The enemies know it very well,” Ayatollah Khamenei added, addressing a Wednesday meeting with a group of Iranian war veterans, who defended the homeland against ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s war on Iran in the 1980s, on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week, Press TV reported.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the Sacred Defense during the eight-year (1980-88) Iraqi-imposed war proved that protecting the country and achieving deterrence are quite possible through resistance, not surrender.
The Leader said smart resistance, primarily, raised the morale and self-confidence of the people and, at the same time, taught the enemy to reconsider its calculations and include the Iranian nation’s power and resistance.
“The military invasion against the country after the revolution was not unexpected. It is true that Saddam launched the attack, but behind Saddam was global arrogance,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
“The Sacred Defense is an exciting, eventful and fruitful juncture. The era of Sacred Defense is one of the events that have an effect on our past, present, and future,” the Leader said, adding, “Therefore, the veterans [of the war] should be given attention and respect.”
Iraq waged a war against Iran more than one and a half years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, which toppled the U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime.
During the war, which became the longest armed conflict of the 20th century, Iraq was fully supported by the United States and its allies, while the same countries denied Iran access to foreign arms.
According to the Leader, the Iranian nation had a new message for the world during the era of the Islamic Revolution and the imperialist countries did not want anyone to hear that message.
“They wanted to smother the voice of the Iranian nation in the throat,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“They wanted to teach other nations that if anyone rises against America, they would be suppressed like the Iranian nation, and the ultimate and fundamental goal was to close the door to resistance.”
But, the Leader added, the Iranian nation responded by neutralizing all those goals and rendering the exact opposite.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemies were angry because of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which was not in line with the policies of Western and Eastern powers.
The Leader recalled that all countries in that era were either pro-West or pro-East and no independent nation existed.
“It was not at all tolerable for a country outside of this [bipolar] system to come and speak its mind. It was unbearable for them that a nation would not be afraid of America,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader also noted that the Islamic Revolution brought about events in the world.
“Perhaps we were not aware of all of its dimensions at the time,” said the Leader, “but they knew what had happened”.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the resistance principle can be used in the political, economic and cultural arenas.
Turning to the enemy’s bids to undermine Iran’s achievements during the Sacred Defense and exaggerate its weaknesses, the Leader noted that it is straining every nerve and sinew to trumpet the global arrogant system’s “fake glamour” through extensive cultural, propaganda and media work and conceal its bitterness and darkness.
Through such bids, Ayatollah Khamenei added, the global arrogance also seeks to hide the Sacred Defense’s achievements and prepare the ground for scaring people of its ingrained power.