Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the attack on Syria launched by the United States, Britain and France, and asserted: This morning’s attack on Syria is a crime. I firmly declare that the U.S. 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.
The Leader of the Revolution touched on the hypocrisy behind the U.S.’s scapegoat for bombarding Syria by stating: “Those who once supported ISIS, discreetly, claim to oppose them [ISIS] today and somehow defeated them: that is an apparent lie. The U.S. played no role in defeating ISIS.”
Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed out additional statements of deceit, from the U.S. side, indicating, “In his speech, a few hours ago, the US president said they managed to defeat ISIS in Syria: another shameless and obvious lie!”
Furthermore, he informed the audience on the truth of U.S.’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 U.S.A’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 U.S.A.’s failure in the Middle East, 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 in Western Asia—or the Middle-East as he called it—and they [U.S.] 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 endeavour, they will gain nothing from this region!”
He added: "In different regions of the world, Muslims are under intense pressure: they [USA] support and help the oppressors of Muslims. They are indifferent toward the troubles and pains inflicted on Muslim nations. USA 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 [USA] 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.
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."
The Leader of the Revolution elaborated on the dishonor of those who betray oppressed Muslims, saying: “No worst dishonor is possible: Islam is against dishonor [of groups like ISIS and their support]. If they are really believers, they should be honorable; this dishonor is a sign of their lack of belief; they are not true believers. Monotheism requires that the people stand against the coercion applied by the oppressor. —This is the true meaning of monotheism. The Prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH) reminds us of this.”
He briefly touched on the logic of Iranian presence in places like Syria: “Our presence, beside groups of resistance in Western Asia, is for good reason. Our presence in Syria, in opposition to US-supported terrorists, is not in vain. [Furthermore,] The claim that the Islamic Republic is seeking hegemony is a nonsensical lie. We have no reason or desire for seeking hegemony. We got involved in the West-Asia region—in Syria—because there was resistance against oppression. Thus, you witness, with God’s grace, thanks to the aid provided and thanks to the bravery of warriors, the Syrian forces managed to defeat the US supported terrorists—which was created by the West and their allies in our region, like the Saudis.”