On Friday Iran celebrated 40 years of its Islamic revolution, which was marked by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s arrival on Feb. 1, 1979. He reached Tehran in a chartered Air France Boeing 747 after being in exile in France for more than 4 years, to replace Iran’s 2,500-year-old monarchy and make his dream of Islamic republic, a reality.
The 1979 uprising ousted Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a secular king allied to the West, followed by US hostage crisis where Islamic revolutionaries barged in the U.S. embassy, blindfolded and held 52 Americans for 444 days as hostages. The event made Khomeini and his call for new Iran an object of hatred for US.
On Friday Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the senior cleric, while commemorating the official remembrance ceremony said that Iran was no longer afraid of ‘declining’ America. Jannati delivered his speech at Khomeini’s mausoleum. Mocking US President Donald Trump’s leadership, he said,
“Even many of America’s allies don’t listen to it anymore and they are not afraid of it. America cannot manage its own affairs now…millions of people are hungry there and America’s power is in decline.”
Last year, Trump pulled out from the nuclear deal signed with Iran, re-imposing sanctions on the Islamic nation. Iran signed up for the international agreement which curbed its nuclear work in exchange for lifting of sanctions. The re-imposed sanctions called “cruel sanctions.”, caused the nation economic crisis, currency crash, rampant inflation and fleeing of investors due to instability.
Jannati, who opposed President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate away some of Iran ’s nuclear rights, said:
“Unfortunately, some of our officials believe that we cannot manage the country without America’s help. May such wrong thoughts be damned!”
The festivities, known as the “Ten Days of Dawn,” would end on Feb. 11, the date when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s government broke down, making Khomeini the supreme leader of the nation.