In a Friday sermon delivered in the Iranian city of Mashhad on January 17, 2020, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda said that Iran’s long-range accurate missiles can target the palaces of emirs and kings of countries that host U.S. military bases and that the presence of these bases is dangerous for these countries. He said that the Islamic Revolution is about to remove “the structure of arrogance” from the face of the Earth, and he compared Iran to a herd of sheep that is attacked by the “predatory wolf” that is America. He said that Iran must fight America like a goat fights off wolves with its horns. The sermon was aired on Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran).
Following are excerpts:
Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: What is the meaning of an accurate missile? It means that if it is sent to hit the palace of a certain emir, sultan, or king of a country where there is an [American] military base, it will hit that exact spot. That is the meaning of an accurate missile. Iran has long-range accurate missile[s] of this kind. So wherever there is an American base, that is a source of danger for that country. In the past, it was a source of security, but now it is a source of danger.
Our revolution has gained momentum. The speed of the revolution [is manifest] in its expansion, in its becoming global. It is about to remove the structure of arrogance from the face of the Earth. Our master [the Hidden Imam] will not appear before this structure is removed.
The enemy can no longer be in a position of offense under these conditions. In its position of defense, it takes a variety of actions: It strives to create strife among us, it creates mercenaries, it schemes, and it employs economic sanctions to the maximum level possible. It also tried to carry out a military operation and saw that it was impossible. If it wants to carry out a military operation, with the first step it takes, it will see its existence in the region turning into ashes.
Can we have security through resistance or security without resistance, but through compromise with the enemy? Imagine a herd of sheep. In this herd, either the shepherd is weak, or the shepherd has left and a wolf has attacked it. In this herd, there are two kinds of sheep. There are the submissive sheep that have no means of defense, and would, naturally, surrender to the predator wolf, to the extent that when the wolf comes, it will devour them and rip them apart. In another part of the herd, there are strong goats with horns. They start to fight the wolf with their horns. They attack the wolf and fight with it. Who has security? The submissive sheep or the goats that fight the wolf? This is a clear parable and everybody can imagine it. Dearly beloved, an enemy is an enemy. It is a wolf. Our great Imam [Khomeini] said 40 years ago that our relations with America are like those of a wolf and a sheep.