Alwaght-Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has condemned joint airstrikes by the US, the UK and France on Syria as a crime, describing the leaders of the three Western states as criminals.
Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the attack on Syria launched by the US, Britain and France, and asserted: “This morning’s attack on Syria is a crime. I firmly declare that the US president, the president of France, and the Prime Minister of Britain have committed a major crime. They will gain no benefit; just as they did not while in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, over the past years, committing the same criminal acts.”
Speaking in Tehran on Saturday morning, the Leader of the Revolution touched on the hypocrisy behind the US’s scapegoat for bombarding Syria by stating: “Those who once supported ISIS, discreetly, claim to oppose them today and somehow defeated them: that is an apparent lie. The US played no role in defeating ISIS.”
Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed out additional statements of deceit, from the US side, indicating, “In his speech, a few hours ago, the US president said they could defeat ISIS in Syria: another shameless and obvious lie!”
Whenever ISIS asked for help in Syria, US was there
Furthermore, he informed the audience on the truth of US’s relationship with ISIS: “They, where they thought it was necessary, entered and helped [ISIS]. When the main elements of ISIS were encircled, they saved them. Even before that, they were involved in creating ISIS.”
The Leader of the Revolution reminded the Iranian officials of the US’s manipulation of other countries and their failed plot, stating: “Using the Saudis’ and their allies’ money, they could create these vile creatures that would attack the nations of Iraq and Syria. However, the resistance against the US and its agents could save these two countries: the outcome will be the same in the future.”
Ayatollah Khamenei further elaborated on US’s failure in the West Asia region, warning them that failure would occur again if they tried to invade the region. He said, “Just a few days ago, the US president announced that they’ve spent seven trillion dollars in Western Asia—or the Middle-East as he called it—and they [US] gained no profit. He is right: they didn’t gain a thing. The US must know, from now on, no matter how much they spend or how much they endeavor, they will gain nothing from this region!”
US backed Saddam’s chemical weapons use
He added: "In different regions of the world, Muslims are under intense pressure: they [US] support and help the oppressors of Muslims. They are indifferent toward the troubles and pains inflicted on Muslim nations. The US also supported the cruel dictator Saddam [Hussain]. Thousands of people from Iran and Iraq were killed or injured by the chemical weapons used by Saddam. They [US] are not always against chemical weapons [as they claim]: however, they get involved due to their own arrogant aims, with the excuse of countering dictatorship; nevertheless, they operate as one international dictator.
Muslims must be vigilant
The Leader of the Revolution then reminded his audience, "Well, dictators will never succeed; they will certainly be defeated."
Ayatollah Khamenei asserted: "We should be aware in face of these events and vigilant: Muslim nations, countries, governments should gain experience. They want to damage the Islamic Ummah. Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan are not the only targets: the main target is the presence of Islam in this region; they want to damage this. Islamic countries must understand this; Islamic governments should not act in favor of the goals of the US and some other invasive Western countries."