Leader: Islamic Republic Has Become Powerful in Every Respect

August 31, 2000
TEHRAN Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic has become powerful and glorious in every aspect of life thanks to the new ideas set forth by the Muslim thinkers.
In a meeting with members of the Experts Assembly, the Leader said the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only system capable of giving response to the actual needs of the Muslims and restoring their freedom and identity.
"In the Islamic Republic, the votes, aspirations and sentiments of the people are of prime significance. The Islamic system could not have been founded without popular resolve," the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the establishment of religious government in Iran emanated from religious faith and sacrifices as well as their insistence on the right direction and the leadership of the late Imam Khomeini.
The Leader said the world arrogance will never abandon conspiracies against the Islamic Republic that has stood against the corrupt and tyrannical capitalism.
The Leader said the procedure adopted by world arrogance in its campaign against the Islamic Republic is cultural inroad, anti-Iran propaganda campaign and making use of hypocrites or heart-sick faithfuls.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemy has focused its campaign on the Islamic identity of the Iranian government and Velayat-e Faqih (guardianship of supreme jurisprudence). Of course, those standing against the principle of Velayat-e Faqih lack logic, the Leader said adding that these people would even accept a military government or the government of corrupt capitalists or that of the most corrupt people, but they stood against Velayat-e Faqih. This is a point where the controversy emerges, the Leader said.
The Leader said, "God willing, the Islamic Republic of Iran will overcome all the hostilities. The Iranian people love Islam and the Islamic Republic and the late Imam Khomeini and believe in Velayat-e Faqih and if a scene like the sacred defense reappears, they will come to defend their religion." Ayatollah Khamenei called on the religious figures to observe piety and forge close relationship with the people especially with the young generation. The theological centers are expected to provide the youth with answers to their questions.
Prior to the Leader's remarks, speaker of the Experts Assembly Ayatollah Ali Meshkini said members of the assembly feel they are responsible for certain articles of the Constitution and are committed to their obligations before God the Almighty and the people.
Vice speaker of Experts Assembly Ayatollah Amini said the assembly in its three-day meeting studied the current developments and suggested ways of dealing with major issues.
Ayatollah Amini said the enemies are working to portray the Islamic Republic as an inefficient way of governance.
The vice speaker of the Experts Assembly expressed concern about the cultural situation prevailing in the country.
Meanwhile members of the Experts Assembly called on President Khatami Wednesday.
The head of the assembly expresses his concern over inflation, rising prices, unemployment and said, "Such issues cause concern and disturb the people." More dangerous than such issues are poisonous pens and free expressions who work against the Islamic system.
Today too Islam is in danger, he said referring to the statement of Imam Khomeini years ago.
Islamic Revolution put an end to the domination of powers in the region, Khatami said adding, the Islamic Republic has become an example for other nations.
The enemies try to project the Islamic system as an inefficient one, he said.
The enemy tries to influence the Islamic Revolution through leaving an impact on the public opinion, he said, adding since the public opinion is against violence, the enemy tries to project violence as a feature of the governments vis-a-vis popular governments to implement their policies.