“Today, the country has fortunately reached the deterrence stage, meaning that its military status has reached the point that the country is not concerned about foreign threats, and the enemies are also mindful of this,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday on the eve of the Sacred Defense Week.
The Leader made the comments at a meeting with a number of veterans and commanders of the 8-year Sacred Defense who defended against the invasion of Iran by then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was backed by the US and tens of other arrogant powers.
“There was a time we asserted that all the world powers such as the West, NATO, etc. are fighting us. The war on Iran was an international war. This was our assertion those days. Today, they themselves publish the documents and proofs, and you can see their admissions and testimonies,” the Leader said.
“The world’s Arrogant Powers were behind Saddam in his war on Iran, because they were enraged by the Islamic Revolution. The Revolution wasn’t merely a temporary political defeat for the Arrogant Powers. It was a threat to the domineering system of global imperialism,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
“They could not tolerate that a nation did not fear the US. So, they wanted to take revenge on Iran. They tried striking blows such as attempts at coups, the Tabas aerial attacks, and inciting ethnic groups, but they failed. So, they started a military war from a neighboring country,” the Leader added, according to Khamenei.ir.
“The 1980-1988 Sacred Defense proved a principle to the Iranian nation. That principle is that safeguarding the country and deterring the enemies’ tampering is achieved through resistance, not submission,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
“The enemy imposed maximum pressure, but they failed. The enemy designed a project for a ‘New Middle East’, but they failed. The enemy started transgressing our borders from air and sea, but they failed. All of their failures are due to the Iranian nation’s spirit of resistance,” he underlined.
“Today, the military status of the country and the security achieved due to it has reached a level where the country is deterring foreign threats. The Administration and the Parliament should know that backing the Armed Forces is something mandatory,” the Leader stated.
“In the issue of reporting, the enemy tries to act opposite to the truth. The result of being overcome by the enemy’s fake grandeur and splendor in the political realm is fearing the enemy, and in the cultural sphere this brings humiliation and low self-esteem in facing the enemy,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.