“Down With U.S.” With Guardian Daily Interpretation
For almost four decades, the slogan of “Death to U.S. (America)” is unanimously and whole-heartedly chanted by Iranian people, followed by most of the people worldwide. Since the slogan has its own philosophy, its meaning and objective cannot be defined in a short article because the slogan is not just a matter of revenge and it has had roots in the philosophical, political approach and mindset of the ruling governments of the U.S. since the World War II, actually for more almost seven decades.
Although the U.S. policies have always been confronting with the hegemony of United Kingdom in their colonies in more than 150 years and those struggles have been mentioned in some history books by famous figures like Haji Washington and Mahmoud Mahmood. In fact, shift in the tactics of Britain from colonialism to neocolonialism in their colonies has been because of the U.S. political policies and mindset.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in his recent speech on the eve of November 4 (National Day of the Fight Against the Global Arrogance) rallies, said, “This slogan is constantly repeated in the anti-U.S. rallies and it only addresses U.S. governments and not the American people.”
British newspaper the Guardian had an especial coverage on the November 4 rallies in Iran. The Guardian was known as the Manchester Guardian from 1821 to 1959.The paper is one of the ardent critics of the British government and its readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion. The paper has been one of the serious critics of Tony Blair Government during the Persian Gulf War in the 1990s.
He quoted some remarks of Ayatollah Khamanei’s speech which were uttered on the eve of November 4 rallies.
“Iranian people’s anti-U.S. slogans have been backed by strong logic and mindset inspired by the Constitutions which cannot tolerate tyranny and injustice,” the Guardian quoted the 76-year-old Leader of the Islamic Revolution as saying.
The paper in its report reiterated that Supreme Leader of Iran in his remarks again and again reiterated that the slogan of “Death to the U.S.” does not mean “Death to American People” and it just condemns the arrogant policies of the U.S. governments.
The American news agency Associated Press was the other media outlet which had its own coverage on the Supreme Leader’s speech, addressing the students.
The news agency quoted the leader as saying that the anti-slogan slogan is not a sentimental or emotional one and it is a wise slogan inspired by a logic behind it and everybody should realize it.
“Even if we exclude the Holy Quran’s verses on struggling with tyranny and injustice, one can look back at a historical event in Iran and the 1953 U.S.backed coup in Iran,” AP quoted the Leader as saying.
At the time when the coup happened in Iran, the then prime minister Dr.Mohammad Mosaddeq had asked the U.S. to confront with the British interferences and influence and this optimism and simplicity encouraged the U.S. to carry out the coup d’état in Iran. The coup thwarted all country and Mosaddeq’s efforts for nationalizing the oil industry and helped the despotic Shah regime to revive and to put the country in a condition, facing cultural and political threat for 25 years.
Some other Western media outlets like Daily Mail, Toronto Sun, Press Herald, WND …etc also covered the leader’s remarks.
The U.S. News TV Channel NBC in its news report with title of “Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Defines Slogan of ‘Death to the U.S.’ pointed to the leader’s remarks on the eve of November 4 rallies, adding that Iran’s leader had tried to clear the philosophy of the anti-U.S. slogans which has a significant stand in the current world condition with an analysis focusing on the decline of the U.S.
This is important the Leader tries to clear that the goal behind the slogan of “Death to the U.S.” does not address the American people and no one in the past four decades had tried to define the meaning of the slogan despite it was heralded worldwide.
It is very important that Iran’s leader tried to once again to tell the world the reasons behind “Death to the U.S.” slogan and to clear that it is just against the U.S. statesmen’s policies and not against the American people, and in the past four decades it had not been defined clearly despite its prevalence in the world.
One can see analysis on decline of Donald Trumps’ policies has led to the decline of the U.S. and some international media outlets are keen to express their opinion and beliefs on “Death to the U.S.” through mouths of Iranian people which is an important issue.
It seems the world moves towards de-colonialization and wiping hegemony, and Iran has imposed its wise philosophy on the world against the U.S. arrogance through spreading Islamic Revolution.