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2022-June-21  15:37

Supreme Leader Warns of Enemies' Soft War against Iran, Islam

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that enemies have hatched plots and are making attempts to hit blows to Iran and Islam by means of soft war strategies.

“The enemy of the Iranian nation, of Islam, of the country and of the Islamic Republic is relying on a soft war today,” Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted by his official website as saying at a meeting with organizers of the ceremony on commemoration of nomadic martyrs in Shahr-e Kord in Western Iran on June 12.

Dashing hope and weakening religious beliefs are among aspects of soft war against the nation, he said.

“Anyone who causes the people to lose their belief in the actions, efforts and plans of the officials of the country and causes them to become pessimistic is working to the advantage of the enemy, whether they do this knowingly or unknowingly.”

"Today, we need cultural work more than anything else throughout the whole Iranian nation, including among the nomadic people. The enemy of the Iranian nation, of Islam, of the country and of the Islamic Republic is relying on a soft war today – I may expand on this later. The point I want to make is that the friends who are in charge of such Commemoration Congresses and who pay attention to cultural work, must think about the results and output of their work and the effects of their endeavors on the nomadic community of the country," he said.

"The nomadic people of Iran are one of the most loyal groups of Iranian people. When I say 'one of the most loyal', this is not based on my personal viewpoint or on conjecture. I am saying this based on the events that have taken place in the country, which I am aware of. In our contemporary history and in the history of the past two or three centuries, there are many stories about the efforts made by foreigners, in particular by the English, to infiltrate the nomadic people of the country. They have done strange things in this regard. If we had enough time, it wouldn’t have been bad to recount the things they have done, but you must read about these things in books," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"Foreigners tried to infiltrate the nomadic people in order to somehow entice them into betraying their country in different ways – for instance by dividing the country, by waging civil wars and by doing all sorts of things. But they failed to draw them toward the direction they wanted. This is why when I say the nomadic people are 'the most loyal' and 'one of the most loyal'."

Noting that in recent history – during the Revolution, the Sacred Defense and after that – nomadic people emerged victorious in different tests, he said, "The fact that more than 11,000 nomadic people were martyred is very important in itself. It was not the case that all of our nomadic people resided in border areas and that they were threatened. Some lived in border areas, and thus they were being threatened directly during the Sacred Defense. But some lived in the center of the country without any direct threat. However, they rushed to the Sacred Defense battlefields and defended, made serious effort and worked for the country."

"What factor caused the nomadic people of our country to stand together to serve Islam and the country despite their differences in tribes and languages? What was holding them together? It was religion and piety. Religion is an important factor in unity, progress, sacrifice and altruism. The element of religion is what encouraged nomadic people to stand together in various arenas. It prevented tribal and other differences from dividing them and from creating discord among them. Religion has such an effect."

"Our late Imam too was able to carry out this great Revolution and help it achieve victory by benefitting from this factor. After the victory of the Revolution too, he was able to preserve the country with the help of this factor. Had it not been for religion, the Revolution would not have achieved victory. You can be sure about this. No other factor would have been able to bring the youth, who would come to the streets empty-handed and would stand up to bullets and guns, into that difficult arena. No other factor could have done this. It was religious faith that brought them into the arena. Imam benefitted from this factor to achieve the victory of this Revolution. Subsequently, he depended on the people’s faith to immunize the country," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"After the Revolution, the country faced the avarice of the enemies. It was not the case that all of a sudden, the idea flashed through Saddam’s brain to attack Iran. No, they provoked and enticed him, gave him promises and fulfilled their promises. They gave him money, weapons and war strategies for attacking Iran. Their goal was not for him to come and divide a part of the country. Their goal was to destroy the Islamic Revolution by means of dividing the country and by other means. That was their goal. The US, England, France, reactionary regimes and everyone who followed them stood behind him and wanted to tear the country into pieces. They wanted to reinstate US domination of the country. They wanted to take the Iranian nation captive, but Imam did not let them. With what? With religion. Such is the role of religion and religious faith."

He noted that the martyrs are a beautiful, magnificent manifestation of religious faith, adding, "The 11,000 martyrs that you offered are in fact showing the effects of religious faith. Those young people could have stayed home, lived their lives in their own environment beside their parents, their spouses and their children and enjoyed the comforts of life as much as was possible, but they did not do that. They abandoned all of that, they left their dear children, dear spouses and loving parents and they departed. Why? What was their motive? Their motive was religion. They were soldiers who returned, became disabled or were martyred. As for their parents, it was also because of religion that they were able to endure this loss and hardship and to calm the burning flames of their hearts."

"Today, there is a political motive behind every action that is carried out against religious traditions and beliefs. The people taking such actions may not realize this themselves, but this is the case, and they have been pulled onto this path. Undermining religion, weakening religious traditions, slogans and principles, questioning these things and portraying them as unreasonable are weapons that the enemy uses. The individuals who take these actions may not realize it. Some people do an action out of ignorance," the Leader said.

"Today, the enemy is trying to undermine religious faith, hope and optimism about the future and the management of the country. These are things that they are planning for. They think about finding ways to make the people believe that they have no future, that the future is a dead end, and that they are stuck in an impasse. They are making plans for this. In the internet and sometimes in our own official media, they promote these ideas so as to cause the people to come to the conclusion that all paths lead to a dead end, that all paths are wrong and that the officials and managers in the country do not know how to run the country," he warned.

"So much effort is being made and so much work is being done, but there are such actions being taken against these efforts. For example, the Police Force of the country arrests a number of thieves in the space of 48 hours. Well, they should be applauded for that. But in our own national media, they speak as if they should be blamed instead of being applauded. Of course, this is not done on purpose. It is evident that they do not do this intentionally. This is due to their negligence, but it is to the advantage of the enemy. Anyone who undermines the people’s hope in the future is working for the enemy, whether they do this knowingly or unknowingly. Anyone who undermines the people’s faith is working to the advantage of the enemy, whether they do this knowingly or unknowingly. Anyone who causes the people to lose their belief in the actions, efforts and plans of the officials of the country and causes them to become pessimistic is working to the advantage of the enemy, whether they do this knowingly or unknowingly."

"The Basij officials who work on nomadic issues are doing valuable work. The work spoken about by the friends here, the examples of which I saw in the pictures, should continue because this work is valuable. However, it is not just the Basij that is responsible for this. The Basij have some limitations. They have limited resources and can only work within the scope of their resources. All of the officials in the country must make an effort. The officials in charge must identify the problems of the nomadic people and eliminate these problems. As I mentioned earlier, they must think, work and plan for solving cultural problems. Planning must be carried out correctly, God willing," he said.