IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami said during a speech that aired on Channel 1 TV (Iran) on December 30, 2018 that Iran's influence and the influence of Supreme Leader Khamenei have "managed to save important parts of the Islamic world from the political control of the superpowers and to light the illuminating torches of Jihad in those lands." He said that Iran has successfully tipped the balance of power in its favor and that it is no longer possible for the U.S. and its allies to attack Iran militarily because it has become powerful enough to deter invasions by land, by air, or by sea. Salami delivered his speech on a Day of Insight, which was declared by the Iranian government to celebrate the end of 2017's anti-government protests.
Following are excerpts:
Hossein Salami: Today, our regional influence has extended to important parts of planet Earth.
The influence of the glowing thoughts of [Khamenei], the Leader of this great revolution, has managed to save important parts of the Islamic world from the political control of the superpowers and to light the illuminating torches of Jihad in those lands. Today, we have tipped the balance of power between us and our enemies in our favor. The option of military [intervention against Iran] is no longer a prevalent notion in our enemy’s political discourse. The military option is null and void. It is impossible because Iran has acquired enough power to block the path by land, by air, and by sea before any invading force, including criminal America and its allies.