On the anniversary of the Army Air Force commanders’ historical allegiance with Imam Khomeini (aka Homafaran Allegiance), formed February 8, 1979, a group of commanders, pilots and staff of the Army Air Forces met with Ayatollah Khamenei on Saturday morning.
In an addressing the Leader said, “During the Pahlavis’ rule, the Air Force was one of the closest forces to the regime and the U.S. At the most sensitive time, it suddenly turned in favor of the Revolution, starting on Feb 8, 1979. This caused the enemy to receive a blow from where it didn’t expect it.
“About the Bani Nadhir Jews, the Quran says that God struck the enemies a blow from where they didn’t expect it. The same happened in the Air Force Commanders pledging allegiance with Imam Khomeini. Believers were empowered from where they didn’t expect it; this is called ‘unexpected provision’.”
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the believers “turn threats into opportunities. Our Air Force, which had no right to and couldn’t even repair parts of planes during the Pahlavis, now builds them. This is turning threats into opportunities. When did this become possible? When reliance on foreigners ended.”
“Sanctions against Iran were there from the beginning and have now become intensified. Sanctions are literally crimes, but they can be turned into opportunities and save Iran’s economy from reliance on oil. Reliance on oil leads to ignorance of domestic potential and strengths,” the Leader said.
“Iran must become strong in all fields. One part is the military. We don’t seek to threaten anyone. Rather, our military power is for preventing the enemies’ threats. If you are weak, the enemy will dare to hurt you. We should be strong in order to prevent a war.”