From February 1 to 11, Iranians are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. Meanwhile, we are witnessing extensive propaganda from mainstream media and hostile governments who have mobilized to suggest a “failure” of the Islamic Revolution and a “disunity” between the Iranians and their revolutionary ideals, forty years after the victory of the Islamic revolution.
In an article dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, retired Lebanese army general and political analyst Amin Hoteit described Iran’s progress over the past 40 years.
In this text published on the website of the newspaper Al-Binaa, the Lebanese analyst first stated that the Iranians did not overthrow the Shah’s regime not by a military coup or by the support of foreign powers, but by a popular liberation movement based on national and religious identity elements.
Amin Hoteit then explained that the deposed regime of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had imposed a long war on Iran from 1980 to 1988 with the political, financial and military support of a West that was using the UN Security Council against the Iranian revolution.
“The West’s goal was to defeat a popular revolution, one of the main objectives of which was to ensure the country’s sovereignty and independence so that Iranians could enjoy their national wealth without the control of foreign powers, wrote Amin Hoteit, recalling that after the defeat of this military project against the Islamic Revolution, the West promoted an economic and financial offensive against Iran, which did not bring the fruit expected by the Western powers, namely the overthrow of the Iranian political order.
According to Amin Hoteit, over the years, Iran has managed to take measures that have ensured the development of its power despite the animosity of its Western opponents:
Political power :
“From the very beginning of its victory, the Islamic Revolution founded a Republic based on universal sulphur and the participation of citizens in political life. This popular foundation is therefore the first element of Iranian power,” wrote Amin Hoteit.
“Aware of the realities of the contemporary world, Iran has taken the necessary measures to ensure its military and defensive power, to protect its citizens and its revolution,” the Lebanese analyst said, adding that Iran has not limited itself to its imports of weapons and military equipment, but has preferred to develop its internal capabilities to acquire high military technology in order to reduce its dependence abroad in terms of defence.
Economic power :
Amin Hoteit points out that the containment policy and sanctions that the United States and other Western powers have imposed on Iran for many years have given Iranians more motivation and willingness to strengthen their economic independence. “Iran has gone beyond sanctions to exploit its national wealth for the benefit of its citizens and the revolution,” he wrote, adding that “the country has tried to transform its economic system from a consumer society to a system of productivity and investment.
Scientific and technological power:
Amin Hoteit then stressed the importance that Iran has given to scientific and technological development in accordance with the teachings of the Muslim religion. “Iran has developed its research and technology projects to ensure its progress in the peaceful use of nuclear technology, aerospace, nanotechnology and other modern sciences to ensure its national development and provide an example of the compatibility between Islam and progress,” the Lebanese analyst wrote.
Social cohesion :
Amin Hoteit points out that over the past forty years, “Iranian society has shown exemplary cohesion in the face of foreign threats and interventions, with religious faith, national commitment and a movement of ideas”.
Strategic alliances :
The Lebanese analyst recalls that the Islamic Republic of Iran has succeeded in forming important partnerships and alliances at the regional level commonly referred to as the “axis of resistance” in order to create a bloc capable of playing a leading role in geopolitical equations at both the regional and international levels.