Expert Says ‘Death to America’ Still Islamic Republic Policy
A regular contributor to Iran’s Mehr News Agency wrote in a Monday op-ed that “Death to America” continues to be Iran’s policy towards the United States.
Hamid Reza Gholamzadeh — tagged by the “Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization” website as having an M.A. in North American studies with a focus on U.S. policies on the Middle East –based his analysis on a recent speech delivered by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Gholamzadeh’s piece constitutes a rebuttal to those who had speculated that the signing of the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic on July 14 would lead to an American-Iranian rapprochement. “While some analysts and media tried to interpret sitting of Iran at negotiation table with the U.S. representatives as sign of gradual improvement of relations between the decades-long enemies, Khamenei reiterated Iran’s opposition to U.S. policies and asserted that ‘the American policies in the region are 180 degrees the opposite of the policies of the Islamic Republic,'” wrote Gholamzadeh.
Gholamzadeh said that Khamenei’s speech, delivered on August 17 before guests attending two international and Islamic events being held in Iran, “was almost the clearest and most strategic message to the West after the July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and the [P5+1].”
According to Gholamzadeh, Khamenei’s remarks were intended to revive the principles of the Islamic Revolution with regard to the West, “particularly the ‘Great Satan,'” America– and dispel any sense that relations would be improved as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon in July.
Gholamzadeh describes Khamenei explaining that Iran views the world as divided into the camp of oppressors and oppressed. “If we want to introduce an embodiment for [the oppressors] out there,” he quotes Khamenei as saying, “it is the United States regime. A total illustration of hegemonic system is the regime of the United States of America. There are of course others as well, but the most concrete, evident and distinct instance is the United States, who is devoid of morality and has no shame to commit any crimes and commits violence and oppression in cold blood and under pretext of good slogans. That is the enemy we mean.”
Gholamzadeh concludes, “The policy of opposing and confronting the United States still remains in place and there is going to be no changes [sic] in this part of the Iranian policy.”