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Guards Corps commander says country should not change its policies

Source: IRNA news agency, Tehran
21 May 99 - BBC Worldwide Monitoring

Lt-Gen Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, has said that there was there "no need" for the country to change its policies, given that the USA continued to maintain its efforts to undermine national unity. He said relations between the Iranian people and the country's leader, Ayatollah Khamene'i, were "affectionate" , and that President Khatami's recent Middle East tour was in line with Khamene'i's policy. Safavi also touched on the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr in 1982, during the war with Iraq, saying it would have been wrong to have ended the war at that stage. The following is the text of a report by the Iranian news agency IRNA; subheading inserted editorially:

Tehran, 21st May: On Friday [21st May] the C-in-C of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Lt-Gen Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi, said: Unfortunately, there are people who utter words in harmony with the foreign [radio] frequencies or write words with their inauspicious pens using the ink of foreigners. They want to separate the most dignified foundation of the revolution [vali-ye faqih; the rule of the supreme jurisconsult] from the people.

Speaking before Tehran's Friday prayer sermons and referring to the current issues in the country and the American enmity towards the Islamic republic after the [Iran -Iraq] war, Lt-Gen Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi added: Relations between the people and the leader [Khamene'i] are affectionate, cordial and spiritual, and the enemy's endeavour to devoid the revolution of its religious nature will not be bear fruit.

Talking about America's policies aimed at inflicting damage on the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said: America wants to engender political and social divisions in [our] ethnic, religious and political cohesion in order to undermine our national unity. Lt-Gen Safavi said: Past experience has shown that America managed to succeed only in countries where national unity had been undermined. Victories, invincible resistance and solidarity of the great Iranian nation have all emanated from the people's union with the leadership of the system.

Referring to another pivotal policy of America for inflicting damage on the Islamic revolution, he said: America is using all possible means and methods to demoralize the active manpower of the country and introduce a partition between the revolutionary values and the culture in society. He went on: America knows that mere reliance on usual threats such as economic sanctions and imposition of war are not enough and other methods should be devised in order to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran .

Lt-Gen Safavi emphasized: The hidden parts of America's strategy designed against Iran is broader and more extensive than its overt parts.

He added: The nature of the Islamic republic, compared with the past years, has not changed and America's stance is the same as before. Therefore, there is no need for the Islamic republic to change its policies.

Referring to the principled policies of the Islamic republic about the establishment of relations with other countries, the C-in-C of the Guards said: Iran has stretched its brotherly hand out to all countries, and the recent visit of the respected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to regional countries, for the creation of consensus and Islamic unity, is an indication of Iran's principled policy. He added: This policy, approved by the leader of the Islamic revolution, in line with germane words of the late Imam Khomeyni, is for the creation of unity among Islamic countries.

Anniversary of liberation of Khorramshahr

Pointing out the factors leading to Iran's victory during the holy defence [ Iran -Iraq war], the C-in-C of the Guards stated: The wise, spiritual and authoritative leadership of the late Imam and his deep understanding of the international relations; the transformation of the war to a popular war whereby the power of the armed forces emanated from national power; and the deep spiritual solidarity between the late Imam and the people were the main factors of victory in the imposed war.

Talking about the importance of the Bayt al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] operations [in 1982] in the context of war strategies, the C-in-C of the Guards said: The holy defence [Iran -Iraq war] was one the biggest and the greatest events of the Islamic revolution. Comparing the imposed war [Iran -Iraq war] with other wars in the world, he said: The imposed war was the only one during which the two superpower were in harmony with each other. The war was one of the hardest test for the great Iranian nation.

Talking about the liberation of Khorramshahr [in 1982], Maj-Gen Safavi said: The Bayt al-Maqdis operations were in fact the last link of a strategy for the liberation of the occupied territories, and as a result of that the main strategic region [of Khorramshahr] was liberated from the enemy, and Iran gained the upper hand.

The C-in-C of the Guards said: The operations which led to the liberation of Khorramshahr - because of its size and the fact that the largest number of Iraqis were captured by the brave combatants of our country - was one of the grand operations from a tactical perspective. It brought Basra, the second largest city in Iraq, within artillery range of the Islamic Republic of Iran .

Remembering the bravery and the sacrifices of the martyred Lt-Gen Sayyad-Shirazi who was the commander of the [regular] armed forces during the Bayt al-Maqdis operations, he stated: The liberation of Khorramshahr was the apex of the cooperation between the [regular] armed forces and the Guards.

Referring to words uttered by a number of people as to why the war was not ended after the liberation of Khorramshahr, Maj-Gen Safavi stated: The logic of politics and military affairs dictated that we should not be satisfied with a minimum advantage while there existed opportunities for further victories. Elaborating on this matter, he continued: While there was no political guarantee for a lasting peace, it would have been unwise to grant the enemy with an ideal opportunity to reorganize its forces.

The C-in-C of the Guards said: From a psychological point of view, public opinion and the Iranian nation was not ready to accept a cease-fire. The cessation of the war at that time would have raised an ambiguous question in the minds of the Iranian people: Despite many victories, why should the war stop? And why should Saddam be the initiator and the terminator of the of the war?

Referring to war as a cultural and the historical heritage of nations and a bench mark for the future generations, Maj-Gen Safavi said: The [theatre] of war is a place for the evaluation of a nation's level of resistance and greatness. Remembering the victories of the warriors of Islam during the holy defence, he concluded: The great Iranian nation had to show to the world that any aggression against Iran would entail a harsher response.


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