TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the ongoing war in Iraq is a war between pro-Westerns and supporters of countries’ independence.
The Leader made the remarks at a meeting with the families of the martyrs of Haft-e Tir bombing incident, which happened back on June 28, 1981 in Tehran in which a number of senior Iranian officials, including Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Beheshti, were killed.
The enemies “are fallaciously calling the Iraqi incidents a war between Shias and Sunnis. However, this war is a war between terrorism and anti-terrorism, a war between supporter of the West and backers of the independence of nations, and a war between humanity and barbarity and savagery,” the Leader said on Saturday.
Ayatollah Khamenei was referring to the atrocities committed by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq over the past few weeks, and are threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The Leader warned against the effort of Islam’s enemies to repeat the Iraqi incidents in a number of other Muslim countries and said, “The nations should vigilantly keep an eye on such acts and be aware that the enemy spares no effort to undermine Muslims’ independence and dignity.”
Commenting on recent incidents in the region, the Leader said, “Today, the enemies of Islam have invested on waging civil wars among nations in an effort to foment sectarian strife.”
“In Iraq, the remnants and followers of the Saddam regime, along with a bunch of ignorant people, are committing crime, and the enemies are calling these incidents a Sunni-Shia war. But this is simply a fancy,” he stated.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said that “Islamic democracy” is a unique and healing prescription to deal with enemies’ plots.