Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that Iran is witnessing the flourishing of its policies in the Middle East and now has surpassed the West in term of influence in the region. Khamenei made his upbeat remarks at a gathering of the country’s naval commanders at his official residence in Tehran.
“A look at the circumstances of the region and the world obviously indicates the upper hand of the Islamic Republic in these developments,” said Khamenei. “In a comparison between the West’s and the Islamic Republic of Iran's Middle-East policies, one can clearly see that the Islamic Republic's regional policies have come close to their goals,” he added. (Fars News Agency, 27 November)
The Iranian government-run press, in an echo-chamber type aggrandizement of the remarks, is calling the ayatollah’s speech historic. Fars News Agency said Israel’s “total defeat” in Gaza was the result of Iran’s superior military technology and its upper hand in the region and the world.
Photo credit: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing commanders of the Iranian Navy. Tehran, 27 November 2012. (Khamenei.ir/Fars News Agency)