by Majid Rafizadeh
The West and mainstream media have made significant efforts to paint a moderate picture of the Iranian regime, with amiable sentiments towards Western and American values.
Nevertheless, on Sunday, Iran’s most powerful political and religious figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterated the Islamic Republic’s real intentions towards the West and particularly the United States during a speech he delivered to the Majlis— the Iranian parliament in Tehran. He called the fight against the United States as a great and ongoing jihad.
When a parliamentarian and lawmaker loyal to the regime asked the Supreme Leader how long the nation should carry the jihad against the United States, he responded:
Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist… This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought… This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.
From Khamenei’s perspective, the nation should follow this sixth pillar of Islam for Allah’s sake. The end of this jihad for the Iranian regime occurs when his loyalist Muslims wipe out their opposition. Many Western politicians, particularly in the Obama administration, seem to have a benevolent view of the Iranian regime and its president Hassan Rouhani.
Any scholar or policy maker who has closely studied the Islamic Republic of Iran and its ideological and geopolitical foundations is cognizant of the fact that the key principle upon which the Islamic Republic rules is its Jihad— and opposition to the United States as well as Israel. The founding father of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini said, it “is the established principle of Islamic nations and countries who, with the help of Allah, will accept Islam as the only ideology leading to salvation – and they will not go back from this principle in the least.”
He added, “in our domestic and foreign policy […] we have set as our goal the world-wide spread of the influence of Islam… We wish to cause the corrupt roots of Zionism, capitalism and Communism to wither throughout the world. We wish, as does God almighty, to destroy the systems which are based on these three foundations, and to promote the Islamic order of the Prophet.”
The fact is that the Islamic Republic of Iran is centered on this Jihadist and anti-American principle that Ayatollah Khomeini established, and his followers like Ayatollah Khamenei want to carry out these goals. The Iranian regime and its Supreme Leader derive power and legitimacy from this antagonism towards America and from pursuing this Jihad (which requires eliminating America, and other countries such as Israel from the earth). If the Iranian regime changed this fundamental organizing principle, it would not be able to yield power from its loyalists, constituents, and define itself as the “Islamic Republic of Iran.”
In other words, Jihad against America is in the roots of the Iranian regime’s ideological and political underpinnings.
Khamenei clearly stated that aggressiveness is required to pursue this Jihad, get rid of America, and achieve Allah’s will, and higher Islamic values and platforms.
One of the principle slogans of the Iranian regime, coined by Ayatollah Khomeini, is “Not the east, not the west.” It is first and foremost Islam and Allah. He adds, “this is the established principle of Islamic nations and countries who, with the help of Allah, will accept Islam as the only ideology leading to salvation – and they will not go back from this principle in the least.” The Supreme Leader called America “the devil incarnate [with plans for] evil domination of Iran.”
In an unprecedented speech, Khamenei told the parliament that the Islamic Republic needs to arm itself against the “thieves” and “pirates.” He stated, “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself.”
By listening to these remarks from the man who has the final say in foreign policy and every domestic matter in Iran, is it logical to believe that the Islamic Republic is not seeking to obtain nuclear bombs and weapons to achieve and fulfill this Jihad? What is appalling is not the Supreme Leader’s remarks (because these remarks have been and will be the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran), but the West’s and the Obama administration’s trust of the Iranian regime and the significant indifference to these public remarks.
The Obama administration is close to sealing a comprehensive nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which would urge the United Nations Security Council to remove all sanctions against Iran. This deal will leave the Islamic Republic with a path to reach the nuclear breakaway capacity, arm its nuclear program, and develop nuclear weapons and bombs. The Iranian regime is already receiving billions of dollars from the Obama administration for the interim nuclear deal. In the meantime, Iran is buying time, has improved its economy by ratcheting up oil exports, and is significantly close to becoming a nuclear power considering the amount of centrifuges it possesses. According to Iran’s ISNA News Agency, an Iranian official was quoted this week as saying that Russia has also agreed to build eight new nuclear reactors in the Islamic Republic. Russia built Iran’s first nuclear reactor in Bushehr.
The salient issue is that the major pillar, religious and political foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the endless Jihad against the United States and Americans till there is no America. This ideological battle will not alter as long as the Mullahs, Ayatollah, and Iranian regime exercise their power. The objective is to achieve this God’s mission, and the higher Islamic principle of Jihad.
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