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Honoring the memory of the Haft-e Tir martyrs
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On the 7th day of the month of Tir -- or Haft-e Tir -- of the Iranian calendar year 1360, which was June 28, 1981 in the Western calendar, a powerful bomb exploded in Tehran at a meeting attended by a number of senior Iranian officials, such as Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Beheshti, who was the Judiciary chief at the time, four ministers, 12 deputy ministers, and 30 MPs. The bomb, which was planted by the agents of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization, martyred 72 people who were loyal to Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution.
 
Imam Khomeini issued a statement, saying, “In this great disaster, the Iranian nation offered 72 innocent people, equal to the number of martyrs of Karbala.”
 
This savage act was committed by the MKO while the system was still dealing with the problems faced by a new revolution. 
 
At the same time, Iran was fighting a defensive war against Iraq, which began when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered his troops to invade the Islamic Republic. The MKO terrorists later joined Saddam’s army, and both the Baathist regime of Iraq and the MKO received support from the West.
 
After the Haft-e Tir bombing, Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who later became the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said, “The Haft-e Tir incident showed that great blows such as this cannot shake the foundations of the Islamic Republic, which relies on the people’s faith and presence.” 
 
He added that it was unimaginable that the system could tolerate the loss of such influential intellectual figures at the hands of “murderous terrorists” in a matter of seconds and use it as a beacon to strengthen its foundations. 
 
Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said that if such an incident had happened in any other country, the system would have collapsed. 
 
About 17,000 Iranians have lost their lives in acts of terrorism, and thus Iran is one of the main victims of terrorism in the world. 
 
After having committed numerous crimes, the MKO terrorists were given sanctuary by the West. Western countries did put the MKO on their terrorist lists for a time, but later removed it. 
 
Western countries’ double-standard policies toward the scourge of terrorism have exposed the hypocrisy of their claims that they want to wage a campaign against terrorism.
 
PA/HG

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