Shiraz, Fars Prov., May 2, IRNA -- Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Thursday called armed forces "the stronghold of nation's peace and security".
"The strong bastion should get more powerful and reliable day by day through innovation," Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to a group of armed forces here on Thursday.
The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution said heroic defense and resistance of the Iranian nation and armed forces in the eight-year (1980-88) Sacred Defense proved strength of the country on the global level.
"Even when the country was the target of military invasion by (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam and his allies, the Islamic establishment did not even think of invading and occupying other countries. So, growing strength of the armed forces is not for war mongering and attacking others. The aggressive policies of the world domineering powers issue the warning to other nations to promote their internal structure and have necessary preparedness," said the Supreme Leader.
He said tough words and threats of the officials and mouth pieces of the arrogance are an instance of psychological war.
"All know that enemies of the Iranian nation would not dare attacking the great nation (of Iran) because so doing they would enter a field exit from which would be impossible. The armed forces (of Iran) however should get more prepared and stronger," said Ayatollah Khamenei.
The Ayatollah touched on occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by American aggressors and said, "The occupiers entered Iraq under the pretext of guaranteeing security and freedom but Iraqi people have over the past five years been witnessing the most insecure juncture of their life because impiety, occupation and fanning insecurity are distinctive features of the superpowers. The strong anti-US stances of Iran's Islamic system and nation also stem from their identification of the domineering powers' nature."
He said the US President George W. Bush's presidency has been the most insecure segment of the contemporary history.
"Bush will leave in the next few months and pass the problems, that he has caused, to his successor. A dark record has been left in history after him and his black file will remain for ever open due to growing insecurity, terrorism, occupation and crimes worldwide."
The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation's love for Islam and independence and their disavowal of hegemony and confidence in the youth are all results of the wise guidelines and ideology of the late Imam Khomeini.
He said the great Iranian nation and millions of brave rural, urban and ethnic youth are the strong backing of the armed forces and the said forces in turn should get more vigilant and prepared day by day through relying on the endless power of the great Iranian nation.
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