Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Clay Curtis
February 12, 2019

U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton, who in 2017 expressed hope Iran's "revolution will not reach its 40th birthday", tweeted on Monday that after four decades the "Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens".

"The United States does not have the courage to fire a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

"The US should know that we would raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground in the event of a military attack on us", General Yadollah Javani, head of the guard's political bureau, was quoted as saying.

There's also a huge display of domestically-developed military equipment, including drones, missiles, bombs, and weapons.

Iranian officials said the move amounted to "economic warfare".

An Iranian girl poses with a potrait of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with signs reading "Down with USA" and "Down with Israel" during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution by the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) tower in the square of the same name on February 11, 2019.

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned USA and Israeli flags. It later broadcast footage showing crowds across this country of 80 million.

The crowd of demonstrators in the rallies paid tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, under whose leadership the revolutionary movements triumphed over the despotic regime of Pahlavi on February 11, 1979.

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President Hassan Rohani blasted a US "conspiracy" against Iran as the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule.

"We do not and we will not ask permission for producing any type of missiles from anybody", Rouhani said from Tehran Monday, though he stressed that Iran would "continue constructive engagement" with the global community.

A number of Israeli and American flags were set on fire by the crowds. "The enemies are now confessing to their defeat", said Rouhani. "They will not achieve their ill-omened aims".

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles lined the route in a statement of defiance at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Israeli television reported last week that Israel has discovered a new ambitious precision missile factory being constructed by Iran in Syria together with the Syrian government and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, after Israel bombed and destroyed a previous one.

Iran even holds an annual "Death to America" rally every November to commemorate the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979, leading to a 444-day hostage crisis in which the Iranian regime held 52 Americans prisoner.

Despite Iran's efforts to hide the facility, Israel has nevertheless discovered, tracked and uncovered it, the network said, as part of its effort to thwart Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

Iranians carried cardboard cutouts of dogs.

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