TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday urged resistance in the face of U.S. and European threats, saying neither their threats, nor their promises and signatures are credible.
Addressing a group of people from the holy city of Qom, the Leader called U.S. officials "first-class idiots” as he recounted a story about a U.S. official who once predicted he would celebrate Christmas in Iran.
The Leader did not name the official. However, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told a meeting of MKO terrorists last March that "before 2019, we here ... will celebrate in Iran.”
"This is how the U.S. estimates the situations. U.S. politicians brag about their calculations and foresight. Here also some individuals who are under the influence of the West boast about the power of the U.S.
"However, just recently in a gathering of terrorists and thugs, one U.S. official said that he hoped he would celebrate this Christmas in Tehran. Christmas was some days ago. Just like Saddam said he would defeat Tehran in a few days, or the MKO terrorists who said they would move on to Tehran in three days.
"Some U.S. officials pretend that they are mad. Of course I don’t agree with that, but they are first-class idiots,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Americans, the Leader said, speak gleefully of "strongest sanctions in history” against Iran, "but the Iranian nation will, God willing, make them suffer an unprecedented defeat in history.”
"The nation and authorities should attentively work to turn the American sanctions into an unprecedented defeat for the Great Satan as was done during the era of Sacred Defense (the Iraq-imposed war of the 1980s),” said the Leader.
U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international pact on Iran’s nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions intended to scupper Tehran’s oil exports, curb its missile program and clip its regional influence.
"The sanctions do put pressure on the country and the people,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, describing U.S. animosity with the Iranian nation as typical.
"The animosity of the arrogant system of the West and the U.S. against the newly emerged phenomenon of the Islamic Revolution is typical.
"It has been 40 years now that this young revolution has been continuing to grow and becoming powerful. So with the emergence of this new and vigorous spiritual power, the power of the front of arrogance has cracked and the crack is deepening,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the reason behind this animosity is that the Islamic Revolution is preparing the grounds for an Islamic civilization, which will "by the grace of God put an end to the arrogance, oppression, and colonization feeding on the blood of other nations.”
"The nations across the world—even the Western nations—bear no hostility toward the message and the ideal of the Islamic Revolution. They might try to create Iranophobia and Islamophobia, but they won’t succeed,” he added.
Ayatollah compared opponents of the Islamic Revolution of Iran to the pharaohs.
"Those who are opposed to the Islamic Revolution are the world’s pharaohs. Based on the Qur’an, Pharaoh knew that Prophet Moses was right… Every one God is with will be victorious. If we rely on God’s promise, our victory is certain and absolute. Wherever we retreated and acted weakly, we did not win.”
Ayatollah Khamenei further hit out at U.S. leaders for praising Saudi Arabia over its human rights record and criticizing Iran at the same time.
"Some U.S. officials are like clowns. A U.S. authority had said a while ago that Iran should learn from Saudi Arabia how to observe human rights. What can we name such a person other than a clown?”
The Leader told Iranian officials that "in the face of nonsensical words of the American officials, you should be brave and act wisely” and not fall for their promises and overtures.
"The threats, promises, and signatures of such folks are not reliable; you should not believe them. Choose appropriate methods wisely and advance with motivation and vigor,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader further called on state officials to value their responsibilities and serve their country which "is a great blessing from God.”
"Secondly, observe the requirements of this great divine blessing. You should be vigilant not to incline to extravagance, prodigality and behaviors typical of the shahs.
"The path is the path of Islam. We cannot act like Imam Ali (AS), but we should try to move in the direction of his principles. The problems of the underprivileged classes should be the priority for the state officials,” he said.