US loses 40-year war against Iran: Leader
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said the United States has always been on the losing side of the 40-year-long war it has waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran Press/ Iran news: Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with a number of university and high school students on Saturday ahead of the National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance, according to Iran's leader official website.
In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out to the continuing challenge between Iran and the US and said: "The enemy made every effort against us, with a variety of actions. The US engaged in military, economic, and media warfare against us."
"Via all these actions, the US aspired, in vain, to regain its' previous domineering status over Iran— that which it enjoyed during the Pahlavi Regime. The truth is that, throughout the forty-year challenge, the defeated party has been the US, and the victorious party has been the Islamic Republic of Iran. The US is defeated because it has started the attacks without ever achieving the goals it pursued," the Leader of the Islamic Revolution noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei described the US power as declining, and asserted: "Today, an overview of the situation of the US shows that the country's power is declining. The US is today much weaker than it was forty years ago."
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "Many US politicians believe that the country's soft power has declined. It was the same during Barack Obama's presidency, but it is even more evident today."
"The world opposes every decision the US President makes; not only the people but also the governments oppose him," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Elsewhere in his remarks the Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to liberal democracy as being exposed and added: "Even Liberal Democracy is being exposed and disgraced. The US president’s measures have made the situation worse for the country and Liberal Democracy."
Turning to US hard power, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "The US hard power -- that is its' economic and military power-- is also declining. The US military force is largely confused, and as a result, they have turned to companies like Blackwater to advance their military objectives."
He added: "The same is true about the US economy. It suffers from more than $15 trillion dollars public debt and $800 billion budget deficit."
As another indication of US defeat, Ayatollah Khamenei asserted: "The US failed to infiltrate the independence-seeking spirit among the Iranian youth. Our youth, across the country, have independence-seeking emotions. Some of them are not even very religious, but they are sensitive to the issue of foreign domination."
Indicating that today’s young generation in Iran, if not more exigent than the youth during the revolution, are not less vigorous, the Leader reiterated: “These [independence-seeking] emotions gradually spread to the youth in other countries, in particular, our neighbouring countries, as well."
"Of course, the US regards Iran as responsible for a part of [anti-American sentiments], as neighbouring countries oppose the US forces," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"They blame us for that. Well, you have no right to blame us! The people of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan hate you [the US government], are we responsible for it? Why does the US government not understand that nations detest it?," the Leader of the Islamic Revolution asked.
"Through sanctions, the US sought to curb Iran’s economy, however, as a result of the sanctions, a movement towards self-sufficiency expanded in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
"The Iranian nation used to import products for many years, but now, we have developed a habit of producing everything at home," the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said.
Ayatollah Khamenei then added: "The US is declining. Everyone should know this. Those who incline to compromise are making impractical plans. This decline is not related to today or yesterday, rather it is a long-term effect. The US is doomed to decline, collapse, and perish."
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution praised Iran’s growth despite enemies’ efforts to halt its' progress and said: "contrary to the US decline, the Islamic Republic started from scratch and has been advancing during the past 40 years.
"Today, we witness a serious movement towards political and industrial independence in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei concluded.