People of the US nation are upset, detest their govt. for Iraq war: Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Ayatollah Khamenei
The American nation detests its government’s move – the invasion and occupation of Iraq – so much that their hatred makes a presidential candidate focus on this issue as an electoral campaign.
God the Exalted has always assisted us during the last thirty years. Considering different eras, one can observe the presence of divine assistance to this nation. The fact that the US government – which is the embodiment of arrogance – has been afflicted by different issues is one instance of this assistance. The failures of the US government are not a trivial issue. Just consider the past seven or eight years. They were defeated regarding the Palestinian issue, and their efforts to erase the memory of Palestine form the minds of nations. They were defeated in their attempts to control the destiny of the Iraqi people. They failed to form the autocratic government they intended to install in Iraq.
Two or three days ago, the American presidential candidate declared that the US invasion of Iraq was carried out in order to have access to the Middle East oil reserves. The remarks of this candidate have caused uproar in the mass media of that country. That is while I have been saying the same thing all along. The day the US was preparing the ground for this invasion and the day they invaded Iraq, I openly declared that they were lying and that they had no intention of liberating the people of Iraq. I declared that they had come to Iraq in order to enslave the Iraqi people. Saddam was the lesser of the two evils for the Iraqi people. I said that they were here for oil, not just the Iraqi oil, but for all the oil reserves in the region. They came here to gain a base in the Persian Gulf by force and not through diplomacy. Americans came here for these purposes. Now this Republican candidate makes this confession and says that he has a new plan which will help America dispense with Middle East oil so that the country is no longer forced to send its youth onto the battlefields. This means that the American nation detests its government’s move – the invasion and occupation of Iraq – so much that their hatred makes a presidential candidate focus on this issue as an electoral campaign.
Is this not a failure for the US government? Could there be a greater failure for them? Their efforts to overrun Palestine and Iraq ended in failure. They even failed to overrun Afghanistan which was a less powerful country. They were unsuccessful in implementing their plans in Lebanon. Despite all these facts, they keep threatening others. Instead of accepting the realities, the superpowers usually resort to threats to intimidate other countries.
The Iranian nation discovered this secret. The Iranian nation will not be intimidated by the threats of the US and other powers, neither will it be awed by the intimidation and idle talk of other aggressors and bullying powers.
Statements made during a public address in Kazerun; May 5, 2008.