• Sat / 8 February 2020 / 16:00
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Iran should be strong in order to prevent war: Supreme Leader

Iran should be strong in order to prevent war: Supreme Leader

Tehran (ISNA) - On the anniversary of the Army Air Force commanders’ historical allegiance with Imam Khomeini, a group of commanders, pilots and staff of the Army Air Forces met with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday.

The following is the excerpt of the statements his eminence made at the meeting: 

During the Pahlavis’ rule, the Air Force was one of the closest forces to the regime and the U.S. At the most sensitive time, it suddenly turned in favour of the Revolution, starting on Feb 8, 1979. This caused the enemy to receive a blow from where it didn’t expect it.

About the Bani Nadhir Jews, the Quran says that God struck the enemies a blow from where they didn’t expect it. The same happened in the Air Force Commanders pledging allegiance with Imam Khomeini. Believers were empowered from where they didn’t expect it; this is called 'unexpected provision.'

The believers turn threats into opportunities. Our Air Force, which had no right to and couldn’t even repair parts of planes during the Pahlavis, now builds them. This is turning threats into opportunities. When did this become possible? When reliance on foreigners ended?

Sanctions against Iran were there from the beginning and have now become intensified. Sanctions are literally crimes, but they can be turned into opportunities and save Iran’s economy from reliance on oil. Reliance on oil leads to ignorance of domestic potential and strengths.

Iran must become strong in all fields. One part is the military. We don’t seek to threaten anyone. Rather, our military power is for preventing the enemies’ threats. If you are weak, the enemy will dare to hurt you. We should be strong in order to prevent a war.

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