Renowned Islamic Ideologue Defines Iran’s Foreign Policy

Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi is a member of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution in Iran and a famous ideologue and Islamic theorist in the Islamic Republic of Iran. His lectures are aired on IRIB Channel 1 after the Friday Prayer every week. In his televised speeches titled “A Model for Tomorrow,” he addresses a variety of issues including Iran’s foreign policy.

On Friday, September 23, 2011, Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi attended a gathering of Iran-Iraq War veterans and offered a plan for the country’s current and future foreign policy throughout the world.

The following is an excerpt of his lecture aired on Friday, September 23, 2011:

Similar to the past when our operational units were deployed to the western and southern borders, our forces today must get ready to head towards North Africa, eastern Asia and the heart of Europe. We must get ready for global operations.

We’ve become old, but the next generation must be brought up such that they are ready from this day forward. In the next 3-4 decades, they must go to help and free their Muslim brothers in northern and southern Africa, eastern and central Asia and the heart of Europe. It has become an international effort; the revolution has been exported. We said it repeatedly that the revolution will be exported. Now, it is happening.

Our fellow fighters are present in all five continents of the world and are fighting against exploitation and imperialism everywhere. Preparations for the Coming [of Mehdi, the twelfth Imam of Shi’a] must be made. An international Jihad must be provoked; we must fear no one.

United States and the West bomb, loot and occupy without reservation anything, anywhere and whenever they please. They even officially announce that they are coming. Then they do come. If we quietly say that we are going to provide moral support to our brethren in Iraq and Palestine, they holler that we are interfering and are terrorists.

No, sir. We must decisively provide support. They announce their intention to occupy quickly; we ought to declare our anti-occupation efforts swiftly. We have a religious duty. The Islamic revolution of Iran is the mother to all Islamic revolutions. Imam [Khomeini] from the beginning stated, “We will export our revolution, and Iran is the second home to all religious fighters worldwide.” These are the exact words used by Imam. Don’t you recall?

Imam said, “We must destroy Israel and free Jerusalem.” We will do this and are doing it. If they said that we can’t do it, tell them, “we have done it so far.” The victory in Lebanon or Gaza is case in point. We’ll do the same with the rest.

We must stay alert. They quickly announce their intention to occupy; we declare our intentions to stand by Muslims and the oppressed all over the world. All this is written in our constitution clearly. Unfortunately, after Imam, in the 2nd and 3rd decades [following the revolution], some wanted to reduce tensions with the West and imperialists. What do you mean you want to reduce tensions? Did Imam reduce tensions [with the West]?

Imam talked about the war between the rich and the poor, the battle between the tyrants and the deprived, the fight to set Muslims free. He said that we wouldn’t allow them to continue to benefit from us.

In a matter of seven months, four Arab governments have been overthrown. No kidding! Hopefully, a few more will fall in the next 3-4 months or years. We must prepare ourselves for a global conflict. Those working in intelligence and underground subversive operations must get ready. Instead of going to the border regions, fighting fields are all over the world from now on. We must get ready to head to Latin America and eastern Asia to fight, go to central Asia to set our Muslim brothers free and head to the heart of Europe.

In the same way that everything changed in Lebanon and Palestine when our forces arrived at Lebanon. When they arrived at Bosnia, events changed there and in the Baltic region. Muslims in Bosnia were being defeated until our forces arrived. The message from our revolution and martyrs and the style of our Jihad brought about a turn of events. When our forces went to Lebanon, Palestine and Gaza, new developments took place.

Everyone says that Iran was behind the resistance [war] in Gaza. Even the Prime Minister of Israel stated that an Islamic Republic was formed next door in Lebanon and then in Gaza. After the most recent operations, an Islamic Republic will be formed in Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula

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