Tehran (IP) - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said Iran should become strong enough to confront enemy plots and avoid war.

Iran Press/Iran news: On the anniversary of the Air Force commanders’ historical allegiance with Imam Khomeini (aka Homafaran Allegiance), formed 8 February 1979, a group of senior officers, pilots, and personnel of the Air Force met with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday morning, 8 February 2020.

At the meeting, the Leader stated: "The Pahlavi Air Force was one of the closest forces to the center of power, closely linked to the monarchy and the Americans. Well, we have to learn from this incident; there are lessons."

The first lesson we should be aware of is that the Pahlavi regime was struck from where it did not expect", Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.

The Leader highlighted, "The Air Force with such dependent commanders, with the special conditions that the force has always had during that time, that is, the intense contact and engagement with Americans officials and American schools and the like, suddenly enters in the ground in the most critical time in the revolution's favor which started with February 8 when they came to visit the Imam and pledged their allegiance, and then there was a stand against another part of the army that had attacked them, and people defended them."

In other words, the believers were strengthened from the point they did not expect, the Leader noted.

Iran's perfectly rational, sophisticated methods paralyzed the enemies

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that Iran's sophisticated and progressive methods have paralyzed the enemies.

The Leader described the key to the success and progress of the Islamic Republic Air Force as turning a threat to opportunity, not pinning hope on foreigners, and the reliance on domestic capabilities and resources, adding, "This issue can be extended to the whole country and despite sanctions create many opportunities for the country."

He stressed, "If the authorities act cautiously, sanctions can save the country's economy from dependence on oil, which is a major cause of many problems."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Of course some intelligent people within the US administration are aware of this and have said that we should not allow Iran to experience an oil-free economy and therefore we must open a path to not completely separate the Iranian economy from oil money. The authorities, especially the economic ones, should be vigilant in this regard."

He pointed out the sophistication of the tools and methods of the enemies and noted, "On the contrary, the Islamic Republic's methods have become more sophisticated than in the past, so that in the different parts of the country, there are now ongoing perfect rational, sophisticated and progressive methods and practices which strengthens the strategic depth of the country that has paralyzed the enemy."

Emphasizing the necessity of strengthening the country in all aspects, especially in the field of defense, the Leader added: "We do not seek to threaten any nation or nations but seek to preserve the security of our country and we want to be powerful so that no one dares to threaten us."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, insisting that weakness will encourage the enemy, adding: "In order not to wage war and to end the threat, we must be powerful."

On 8 February 1979, just a few days before the Islamic Revolution's victory, Iranian Air Force personnel met with the Father of the Islamic Revolution and the Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace) to show their solidarity and pledge allegiance to the Imam and the Islamic Revolution.

The event is commemorated every February on the occasion of this historic meeting; a meeting that had a significant role in giving new impetus to the Islamic Revolution.

This event is commemorated every year during the 'Ten-Day Dawn' or 'Ten-Day Fajr' festivities. 'Fajr' is a ten-day celebration on the occasion of Imam Khomeini's return to Iran in 1979.

The ten-day celebration is held annually between 1 -11 February. Its beginning coincides with the arrival of Imam Khomeini and its ending coincides with the victory of the Islamic Revolution on 11 February.   101/205/211


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