What is Supreme Leader’s new message to the West?

August 19, 2015

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met the participants of the AhlulBayt World Assembly and the eighth summit of the Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU), where he pointed to Washington’s efforts to take advantage of the outcome of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sealed between Iran and the 5+1 group of world powers on July 14.

He said although it is still not clear if the deal will be passed or rejected in Iran or in America, Washington seeks to misuse its outcome to exert more pressure on Iran. He added, “We have firmly blocked this path,” and that Tehran would never allow the U.S. to infiltrate into Iran’s economic, political, and cultural spheres.

There are some points to bear in mind about the Leader’s viewpoint regarding Washington’s policies.

Firstly, some wrongly believe that following the nuclear pact, Iran and the United States are set to resolve all the outstanding issues they have in their relations. They hold the idea that Tehran and Washington will forget and forgive what happened in the past, presuming that their bilateral ties will be normalized in a short matter of time.

Secondly, some hold the idea that following the accord, Iran and the United States will turn into partners and will use one another’s capabilities to resolve the crises crippling the Middle East region and beyond.

Thirdly, some are claiming that by sealing the deal, Iran has bypassed its Islamic identity, and that Tehran is merely seeking to meet its own interests.

Forth, some observers are trying to project to other Islamic countries that after the JCPOA, Iran has forgone its anti-West and anti-hegemonic spirit and is playing along the West to serve its interests.

Fifth, many hold that following the deal, Iran would forget its anti-imperialist drive, and that Iran’s cultural identity would be shattered by the West.

Such claims about Iran losing its spirit and identity are made by political analysts, particularly those in the West, who try to impose their ideas on the international community.

Some also believe that the so-called New Middle East scheme is distorting the regional countries approaches and policies and is smashing their beliefs and making them accomplices with the West.

Amid all these speculations, the Leader has highlighted Iran’s policy, stressing that Iran would keep on practicing its anti-hegemonic, anti-imperialism, and resistance policy.

In other words, the Leader has clearly indicated that taking a single step to resolve a number of issues does not mean turning a blind eye to all what has happened in the past, and that the West needs to take more serious and fundamental steps to make up for what it has done in the past.