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Supreme Leader: Iran Will Not Back Down, Will Confront Threats at Right Time Print
03/02/2012

 Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution led this week’s Friday prayers in Tehran. During the sermons, His Eminence explained that sanctions will harm the west, saying: “For example, regarding the nuclear issue, they repeatedly say in their propaganda that they want to force Iran to back down by imposing sanctions…. What will happen if we do not back down? The goal of these sanctions is to force Iran to back down, but Iran will not back down. The result is that the credibility of the west and its threats will be undermined in the eyes of the regional nations that have risen up.”

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the US threats and stated: “They constantly make threats, saying that all options are on the table – that is to say, even a military attack. This is in fact a military threat which is expressed in this way. This military threat is harmful to America and an actual war would be ten times more harmful to America.”

His Eminence said that these threats show that Washington is unable to confront the Islamic Republic in a logical way. “They do not have a discourse against the discourse of the Islamic Republic. They cannot gain any advantages in the arena of logical and intellectual confrontation, so they are forced to resort to coercion. The meaning of this is that coercion is America’s only logic. Except for bloodshed, they do not have any means to promote their position.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that when America resorts to threats and coercion, its credibility is undermined in the eyes of the people of nations as well as the people of America. “This is what determines the fate of governments. It is clear what will happen to a government whose credibility is undermined in the eyes of its own people.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: “Of course, the Americans and others should, and do, know that we have our own threats to confront the military threats and oil sanctions and when necessary, we will make use of them at the right time.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the recent letter and statements of the US President and added: “One day, when necessary, these letters will be made available to global public opinion. People will see what the Americans are like. They will see the value and significance of their word. They will see the value of their promises.”

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the fall of four taghuti governments in the region over the past year and added: “Another critical event is that in Egypt and Tunisia the people voted for Islam. In Egypt, around 75 percent of the people went to the ballot boxes and voted for Islamic groups. A similar event happened in Tunisia. These are very important points. The meaning of these events is that all the efforts by the Americans, westerners, western propaganda machines, Hollywood and others to promote Islamophobia and fear of Islamic government have been sent down the drain. The people support Islam.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the regional uprisings will bring about decline and isolation for the Zionist regime and stressed: “One of the outcomes of these movements is decline and isolation for the Zionist regime, which is very important, because the Zionist regime is truly a cancerous tumor in the region and it must be, and will be, cut off.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the people of Bahrain have been oppressed more than other regional nations and added that there is a news blackout on the events of Bahrain. He explained that this news blackout will prove futile and stated: “By Allah’s favor, the Bahraini nation will achieve victory as well.”

His Eminence dismissed the claims about the interference of the Islamic Republic in Bahrain and added: “The rulers of Bahrain claimed that Iran is involved in the events of Bahrain. This is a lie. No, we do not interfere…. If we had interfered, the conditions would have been different in Bahrain.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: “Whenever we are involved, we explicitly declare it. We were involved in the anti-Israel events, which resulted in victories in the 33-day and 22-day wars. And from now on, wherever a nation or a group fights and confronts the Zionist regime, we will support and help it, and we are not at all afraid of saying this.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the political and financial problems of America and reiterated: “America was defeated in its Middle East policy. It was defeated in the case of Palestine. It was defeated in the case of Iraq. The Americans wanted to take management of Iraq into their own hands. They failed. The Iraqi nation stood up and did not let them do so. The Americans decided to install a puppet government and they failed.”

His Eminence added: “Of course, they still interfere in oil and security issues and by Allah’s favor, the Iraqi people and government will do something about it in the future.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that European governments are suffering from financial and political problems as well. Referring to the dependence of European governments on America, he stressed: “If one day European nations realize that the main cause of their problems is because their governments are following the policies of America and the global network of Zionism, a great social movement will be launched, which will create a new world.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation are a sign of the weakness that westerners are suffering from, further adding: “Their goal was to punish the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation for being committed to Islam…, but the truth is that these sanctions will benefit us.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that self-reliance of the Iranian nation was due to the sanctions imposed by the west over the past three decades and reiterated: “Regarding the sanctions on weapons, if they had not imposed these sanctions, we would not have achieved these amazing advances. Regarding nuclear technology, if they had built the Bushehr nuclear power plant with their own hands, we would not have made progress in uranium enrichment. If they had not shut the doors of science to us, we would not have achieved this position in stem cell research, aerospace and launching satellites into space.”

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei described the present century as the century of Islam and said that the Egyptian uprising has influenced the youth and intellectuals of Washington, London, Madrid, Rome and Athens. He stressed: “This is the century of Islam and the era of the people and in the future, it will influence the destiny of the entire humanity.”

 
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