The Ayatollah’s Call to ‘Wipe Out’ America

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. Follow Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.


article-0-05679496000005DC-990_634x486The West and mainstream media have made significant efforts to paint a moderate picture of the Iranian regime, with amiable sentiments towards Western and American values.

Nevertheless, on Sunday, Iran’s most powerful political and religious figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterated the Islamic Republic’s real intentions towards the West and particularly the United States during a speech he delivered to the Majlis— the Iranian parliament in Tehran.  He called the fight against the United States as a great and ongoing jihad.

When a parliamentarian and lawmaker loyal to the regime asked the Supreme Leader how long the nation should carry the jihad against the United States, he responded: 

Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist… This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought… This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.

From Khamenei’s perspective, the nation should follow this sixth pillar of Islam for Allah’s sake. The end of this jihad for the Iranian regime occurs when his loyalist Muslims wipe out their opposition. Many Western politicians, particularly in the Obama administration, seem to have a benevolent view of the Iranian regime and its president Hassan Rouhani.

Any scholar or policy maker who has closely studied the Islamic Republic of Iran and its ideological and geopolitical foundations is cognizant of the fact that the key principle upon which the Islamic Republic rules is its Jihad— and opposition to the United States as well as Israel. The founding father of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini said, it “is the established principle of Islamic nations and countries who, with the help of Allah, will accept Islam as the only ideology leading to salvation – and they will not go back from this principle in the least.”

He added, “in our domestic and foreign policy […] we have set as our goal the world-wide spread of the influence of Islam… We wish to cause the corrupt roots of Zionism, capitalism and Communism to wither throughout the world. We wish, as does God almighty, to destroy the systems which are based on these three foundations, and to promote the Islamic order of the Prophet.”

The fact is that the Islamic Republic of Iran is centered on this Jihadist and anti-American principle that Ayatollah Khomeini established, and his followers like Ayatollah Khamenei want to carry out these goals. The Iranian regime and its Supreme Leader derive power and legitimacy from this antagonism towards America and from pursuing this Jihad (which requires eliminating America, and other countries such as Israel from the earth). If the Iranian regime changed this fundamental organizing principle, it would not be able to yield power from its loyalists, constituents, and define itself as the “Islamic Republic of Iran.”

In other words, Jihad against America is in the roots of the Iranian regime’s ideological and political underpinnings.

Khamenei clearly stated that aggressiveness is required to pursue this Jihad, get rid of America, and achieve Allah’s will, and higher Islamic values and platforms.

Iran’s most powerful man, Khamenei, even extended the Jihad to the whole world to achieve God and Islam’s mission. He stated, “Today’s world is full of thieves and plunderers of human honor, dignity and morality who are equipped with knowledge, wealth and power, and under the pretense of humanity easily commit crimes and betray human ideals and start wars in different parts of the world.” These words come from a leader of a regime drenched in hypocrisy, corruption, oppression, terrorism, and stealing national resources.

One of the principle slogans of the Iranian regime, coined by Ayatollah Khomeini, is “Not the east, not the west.”  It is first and foremost Islam and Allah. He adds, “this is the established principle of Islamic nations and countries who, with the help of Allah, will accept Islam as the only ideology leading to salvation – and they will not go back from this principle in the least.”  The Supreme Leader called America “the devil incarnate [with plans for] evil domination of Iran.”

In an unprecedented speech, Khamenei told the parliament that the Islamic Republic needs to arm itself against the “thieves” and “pirates.” He stated, “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself.”

By listening to these remarks from the man who has the final say in foreign policy and every domestic matter in Iran, is it logical to believe that the Islamic Republic is not seeking to obtain nuclear bombs and weapons to achieve and fulfill this Jihad?  What is appalling is not the Supreme Leader’s remarks (because these remarks have been and will be the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran), but the West’s and the Obama administration’s trust of the Iranian regime and the significant indifference to these public remarks.

The Obama administration is close to sealing a comprehensive nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which would urge the United Nations Security Council to remove all sanctions against Iran. This deal will leave the Islamic Republic with a path to reach the nuclear breakaway capacity, arm its nuclear program, and develop nuclear weapons and bombs. The Iranian regime is already receiving billions of dollars from the Obama administration for the interim nuclear deal. In the meantime, Iran is buying time, has improved its economy by ratcheting up oil exports, and is significantly close to becoming a nuclear power considering the amount of centrifuges it possesses. According to Iran’s ISNA News Agency, an Iranian official was quoted this week as saying that Russia has also agreed to build eight new nuclear reactors in the Islamic Republic. Russia built Iran’s first nuclear reactor in Bushehr.

The salient issue is that the major pillar, religious and political foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the endless Jihad against the United States and Americans till there is no America. This ideological battle will not alter as long as the Mullahs, Ayatollah, and Iranian regime exercise their power. The objective is to achieve this God’s mission, and the higher Islamic principle of Jihad.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    DEATH to the islamofascist regime of iran!

    HANG the ayatollahs!

    LONG LIVE PERSIA!

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Need the Sassanian armies to rise out of history and take their nation back from the Arabs.

  • Muhammad67

    Islam will ultimately win!!!!

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Win what, a months worth of visits to a psychologist when they discover Mohammad fancied little girls and Arafat had a thing for little boys?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        It’s multi culturalism at its finest.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islam will ultimately win the annihilation of Mecca and the end of the hajj for all time.

    • Notalibfool

      Hey Muhammad, I’m asking once again for a straight answer:

      What should be done to those who refuse to convert to Islam?

      Stop being a chicken and just answer me this time.

    • Drakken

      You really don’t know what is coming do you Haji?

    • Softly Bob

      You spelled the word ‘lose’ wrong. It doesn’t start with a ‘W’.

  • Jim Cook

    Bring it mooslems.

  • Softly Bob

    I’m sorry but there is no excuse. Fifty or sixty years ago, if the government of one country had openly said this about another country that would be a declaration of war. So why do we not recognize this today?
    Iran has declared war on the U.S.A. – and that’s official.
    America should be sending troops and nukes in and kicking ass by now.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      That’s right.

      There should be streets in every city where the flag of iran is painted on the street and sidewalk and people can walk on the flag of fascist iran.

      At carnivals there should be a Shoe Toss where carnival goers can throw shoes at pictures of ayatoallah khomeni and osama bin laden.

  • Docs357

    When we get rid of the one in they White House these mutts will go back under the rocks. We will defend ourselves with the deck stack against us . Because of obama it won’t be the first time. We will be victorious these are Americans there not going to walk away from generations of freedom life liberty and the pursuits of happiness because a bunch of Demoniacs tells us to. If God be for us who then can be against us.

    • Carly

      Because of Obama, you say? The People of the USA passed up their golden opportunity for a fresh start on May 16, 2014 under Operation American Spring. Only The People are responsible for that failure. He’s already told you that America will be an Islamic country by 2016. So, why is there a single American still left moaning about Obama after acceding to his objective of making you all sitting ducks?

  • Harry_the_Horrible

    Want to destroy America?
    Just help fund the Democrats.

    • the old skepic

      Typical. Like Grover Norquist? Don’t limit any search for Quislings to the Left.

      • Harry_the_Horrible

        Good point. Hang out enough money and they’ll bite. Just look at Amnesty…

        • the old skeptic

          God’s joke. Lakes of oil become rivers of cash. Tent dwellers dictate the present, twist the future, bury us in their inbred whelp. No apocalyptic movie has been sufficiently pessimistic. And as the oil attenuates, the megalomaniacs arm themselves with nukes. Just perfect.

  • wileyvet

    The Iranian regime is now 35 years old. What in all this time as changed in their world view to make anyone think that they are anything but the reincarnation of Muhammad, a thief and a pirate, among other detestable qualities? This is the nature of Islam in its pure form. Long ago, the Great Satan was Persia, Byzantium Visigoth Spain, Buddhist Asia and Hindu India. All the so called Mid East experts wanted to believe this was an aberration or just a radical regime in the region. Rather it is the extension and continuation of the previous 14 centuries of Islamic conquest. Every nation and people that are not Muslim are in the Dar al Harb. Land of War. Iran should never have been treated as anything but a Pariah state, and ejected, for what its worth, from the UN. At least back then the UN wasn’t the total failure and rogues gallery it is today, and might have sent a message to other Islamic countries that the west was not going to give diplomatic cover to those Human rights violators that now make up the Arab block in the GA.
    Islam was created by Jihad, the Koran is the declaration of war against all mankind, and the Iranian regime is the epitome of Muhammadism. Not only must Iran be neutralized but Islam must also be eliminated from the planet. If not, the entire free world will be living in a larger version of Iran.

  • SoCalMike

    You expect Obama and the Dem’s to roll over because when it comes to really danger,they are appeasing suck ups and sell outs.

    But I’ve yet to hear any of the Rs say boo.
    They’re afraid of their own shadow.