This is from the IRNA site I mentioned several articles back. Iran's IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency).
Iran is building up their military and terrorist organizations at a rapid pace. These guys really think they are going to take over the world.
Supreme Leader: Basij, symbol of Iranian nation's awareness, faith
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday attended headquarters of Basij (volunteer forces) and reviewed their parades.
The Supreme Leader paid tribute to martyrs of the Basij and exchanged views with commanders and members of the paramilitary forces.
Addressing members of the Basij, the Supreme Leader said that members of Basij is a symbol of the awareness, spirituality and faith of the Iranian nation and it is an exceptional outcome of the Islamic Revolution.
"Basij is a highly popular movement whose members are from different ethnic groups and other walks of life and with different educational backgrounds. The Basij resistance force is joyful for the young members, hopeful for friends and fearsome for enemies," the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces said.
The Supreme Leader said that Basij played a surprising role in the course of defense against eight-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
"Exemplary role of Basij has impressed the Muslim world and the entire world. That's why the US and its allies are making every effort to ignore the sacrifices of Basij members and bring their lofty values under question," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Supreme Leader said that resistance of the Iranian nation and the Basij force to US threats has guaranteed stability of the region adding that the US has failed in its anti-Iran conspiracy thanks to the determination of the Iranian nation an example of which was displayed in presidential election (June 24, 2005).
"And currently, the US is making attempts to use political and cultural means and their lackey figures to undermine the Islamic Republic and change its identity. But, they will suffer the heaviest blow from the Basij," the Supreme Leader said.
The Supreme Leader honored memory of late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Basij and said, "the Iranian nation is a great ocean which may remain calm for a while, but, on the case of storm, it will do surprising and great work."
Prior to the Supreme Leader's address, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi offered a report on preparedness of the Basij and IRGC personnel to defend aspirations of the late Imam Khomeini and that of the Islamic Revolution.
In the meantime, Basij Commander Brigadier General Hejazi also presented a report to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and said that the Basij is ready for defense, relief operations in case of natural disasters, science and technology and software movement.
The Supreme Leader awarded the top Basij members and several family members of martyrs from the paramilitary force.
IRGC worked as command council of the several million strong Basij paramilitary forces during eight-year Iraqi-imposed war.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Posted by John Sobieski at 8/24/2005 11:23:00 PM