Iran's Ayatollah Posts Video Saying 'Death to America' Is One of Regime's 'Main Slogans'
Exclusive: On April 1, 2022, the official website of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Khamenei.ir, posted a video titled, “Is the slogan ‘Death to America’ rational?” The answer the video provides is yes. Ironically, the Ayatollah’s video bashes the US for being murderous, oppressive toward (foreign) women, and racist; meanwhile, Iran’s government is a major state sponsor of terrorism, has harshly-enforced laws specifically oppressive toward women, and constantly posts anti-Semitic hate. While the American government has certainly done some truly terrible things, “Death to America,” however rationalized (and the Ayatollah tried to tweak the obvious meaning), is a wicked, bloodthirsty slogan and Iran is one of the most violent, prejudiced, murderous governments in the world.
The accusations the Khamenei.ir video makes against the US include, “US governments support murderous, terrorist regimes,” “US governments justify their crimes using the pretext of ‘fighting terrorism,’” “US governments deem crimes against humanity to be permissible,” and “US governments have racist and discriminatory attitude[s] toward human beings” (with images of George Floyd and BLM protests). While some of the accusations in the video are in fact accurate (such as the accusation that the US government violates the rights of its own people and the fact that some Americans have indeed committed bad deeds in other countries), the accusations are wildly ironic considering who is making them.
When the murderous, terrorist Taliban (which consistently targets women and Christians in heinous ways) took over Afghanistan, Iran congratulated the Taliban. Iran aggressively supports the “Palestinians,” who are ruled by various terrorist groups and unjustly lay claim to the legitimate nation of Israel. Ayatollah Khamenei also frequently celebrates Qasem Soleimani, including by threatening to murder former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo because Trump’s administration killed Soleimani. But Soleimani was a notorious terrorist who had killed hundreds of Americans.
The Khamenei.ir video included a clip from the Ayatollah’s 2015 speech in which he claimed, “It is clear that ‘Death to America’ does not mean death to the American nation. The American nation is like any other nation. The slogan ‘Death to America’ means death to American policies, death to American arrogance. This slogan has a rational basis.” But since the Ayatollah’s own Twitter account has explicitly called for the deaths of American “politicians,” including (as I said above) Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo, I doubt that “Death to America” means only death to “policies.”
The Khamenei.ir video ended:
“The Islamic Revolution of Iran took place in February 1979. From its inception to the present day, this Revolution has made the slogan, ‘Death to America’ one of its main slogans.”