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2021-November-3  13:05

Speaker: Arrogant Powers Defeated in Plots against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf appreciated the nation's unwavering support for the state, saying the arrogant powers have failed to attain their goals against Iran and the Islamic Revolution thanks to people's vigilance and wisdom.

Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people have always taken wise steps in the direction of national interests in the face of arrogant coercion, Qalibaf said on Wednesday, addressing an open session of the Parliament on the occasion of November 3 which marks the takeover of the former US embassy in Tehran by Muslim students, following the Imam's line, in 1979.

He said that that resolving the economic and livelihood problems facing Iranian people is the best and most important strategy to confront the Global Arrogance.

Confronting these oppressive powers and defending the interests of the country and national unity and security is the wisest and logical social movement of the people, Qalibaf said, adding that salient strategies instructed by the founding father of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA) and also Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei with a focus on confronting Global Arrogance is the wisest decision adopted to secure Iran's national interests.

Providing national security is the most important component that should be taken into serious consideration, he underlined. 

Global Arrogance has left no stone unturned since the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution to tarnish the image of the Islamic Revolution of Iran but their plots orchestrated against the country have doomed to failure, Qalibaf added.

Arrogant powers like the United States and Britain, whenever they could, jeopardized interests of the Islamic Iran with their malicious plots and conspiracies, the most important of which can be referred to is the 1953 coup, he said.

November 3 marks three important events in Iranian history: the takeover of the former US embassy in Tehran by Muslim students following the Imam's line in 1979 and the exile of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini by the Shah in 1964. It also marks the massacre of a large number of Iranian school students by the army of the former Pahlavi regime during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian university students took over the US embassy building to thwart what they called Washington's plots against the Islamic Revolution.

Inside the embassy, the students found shredded documents which proved their convictions.

The event turned into a major political standoff between Tehran and Washington and brought then-US President Jimmy Carter under immense pressure to have the embassy staff released ahead of his re-election race in 1980.

Pushed for military action by National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brezinzski, Carter ordered Operation Eagle Claw, a clandestine military effort where US special forces were supposed to fly into Iran on board eight helicopters and take the detained embassy staff back into the US.

The operation began in April 1980, when the helicopters successfully entered Iranian territory and landed in central deserts near the city of Tabas before a planned flight to Tehran. From that point, however, the operation turned into a massive failure as a sand storm disabled two of the helicopters and a third one crashed into a transport aircraft the next morning.

Carter was forced to call off the disastrous operation and take responsibility for it in a public speech, which also greatly damaged his chances of re-election.

The saga finally ended after Iran agreed to release the detainees under a deal mediated by Algeria, through which the US undertook not to take hostile action against the Islamic Republic.

Through years, however, Washington has flaunted the agreement and done everything it could to harm Iran and topple the Islamic Republic.

On January 20, 1981, just as former US President Ronald Reagan gave his inauguration speech and celebrated his victory against Carter, the embassy staff were first flown from Iran to Algeria and then left the African country for Germany.

The former US diplomatic compound in Tehran has long been regarded as a clear indication of how deep America's intelligence operations run in other countries.

The students who took over the mission were able to piece together the shredded remains of various embassy documents that hinted at Washington's secret plots against Iran and the Islamic Revolution.

Founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ruhollah Khomeini hailed the move by the students, describing the embassy takeover as the "second revolution".