“When a nation shows that it has the diligence and power to defend itself and delivers a crushing response to invaders, invaders would then think twice before perpetrating any incursion against this country and its people, and realize that such an act of aggression would be very costly for them,” the Leader said on Monday.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks via video-link during an event held in the capital Tehran to honor one million veterans of the country’s 1980-88 war against Saddam's invading forces.
Successful engagement in the war, therefore, awarded the country its current level of security, the Leader noted, enumerating the rewards of the Sacred Defense.
The name signifies Iran’s eight-year struggle under the leadership of the late founder of the country’s Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini against the Iraqi aggressor.
The invading forces took on Iran with untrammeled foreign support in 1980, just one year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. The war lasted until 1988, leaving a treasure trove of memories of self-sacrifice and spiritual conviction in ultimate divine victory.
The Leader said the defensive struggle also equipped the Iranian nation with a sense of self-belief in its ability to fend for itself and put it on a course of technological and scientific development because it had to wade into many new areas to be able to buttress its defense capability.
The war taught us that “some things that appear to be impossible, are actually possible,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.