Ayatollah Khamenei Native Americans

Strengthening indigenous identity is the way to confront imperialism: Ayatollah Khamenei

American authors have written at length about the pressures US exerted against the Natives. The English, too, hunted people, for pleasure, like animals and like kangaroos. They did not attach any value on the lives of human beings.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned that the United States' policy in the world and in Latin America is to change the identity of indigenous people and youth by utilizing new means of communication. He stated: “If the Americans succeed in this policy of theirs and if they can make youth think in an American way, then they will manage to dominate countries without needing to resort to military coups and other harsh measures.”

Ayatollah Khamenei believes that strengthening indigenous identity and introducing values to youth is the way to confront this American policy: “By relying on God the Exalted and by strengthening our willpower, we can achieve victory in this battle.”


Statements made in meeting with Bolivian President; November 24, 2015


Of course the crimes that were committed against the Natives of America and the tragedies that were caused by the rulers and their armies are a long sad story: attacking the neighboring countries and massacre of Native Americans. When a person knows that the civilization, progress and wealth of certain countries is the result of a large amount of vandalism, misconduct, brutality and injustice in the past, he will gain a new perspective on what American politicians do.

Another characteristic of U.S.’s imperialism and arrogance is that it condones crimes against nations and the entire humanity, and it is indifferent towards such crimes. This is one of the greatest disasters of arrogance in modern times. Modern times means the era of scientific progress, and the era of the emergence of dangerous weapons. When these weapons became available to arrogant powers, they created a disaster for all nations. They do not attach any value on the lives of those individuals who do not follow, obey and surrender to them.

There are many examples in this regard. One example is the behavior of arrogant powers towards Native Americans--those people whose financial and natural resources, whose geography and whose entire properties are in the hands of non-natives now. Well, their behavior towards Native Americans was so violent and so disturbing that it is one of the darkest points in the history of modern America. The Americans themselves have written many things about the massacres that took place and the pressures that they exerted. The same thing was done by the English in Australia. The English hunted people, for pleasure, like animals and like kangaroos. They did not attach any value to the lives of humans. This is only one example. There are hundreds of examples which have been recorded in their own history books.

The Americans introduce certain principles as “American principles” and claim that these apply to the entire world. The principles they introduce are human freedom, freedom of thought, human rights and the like. Are these “American” principles? Are these the qualities of the American society today? Was it not your government that massacred the natives of America and destroyed the Indians? Was it not the same government and its influential agents who enslaved millions of Africans - abducting young girls and boys from their homes- treating them atrociously for years?

These are the realities of the United States; this is the U.S. government. This is what distinguished the American political system and showcased it to the world, not freedom and equality for humanity! Which equality?

You continue to discriminate between blacks and whites. To this date, when it comes to recruiting people for various professions, you consider an individual, who has native blood in their veins, as inferior. And you talk about equality of humans and freedom of thought?


November 20, 2013