Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic republic regime
Since the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 the period this footage dates from, the theocratic regime’s leaders have relied on inculcating a constant sense of paranoia, mistrust and suspicion of outsiders and unorthodox views (outside the regime’ theocratic orthodoxy) amongst citizens as a means of normalizing a worldview in which the regime is the sole protector and source of truth, whilst any external parties are dedicated to disruption and destruction.
This indoctrination began from the earliest days of the revolution, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and other prominent figures who had been banned by the Shah, returned to Iran from asylum in the west to tell the people there who hadn’t managed to escape that the west, particularly the USA and Israel were, essentially, hotbeds of evil engaged in constant menacing if nebulous and largely fictitious conspiracy to destabilise Iran. The fact that Khomeini and his fellow clerical leaders had been remarkably safe in places supposedly dedicated to their downfall was apparently never considered worthy of mention.
This indoctrination technique can be clearly seen in this video footage from the early days of the revolution in which Khomeini addressed a large crowd of young Iranians, warning them that the USA is sending writers and speakers to somehow disrupt Iranian society by spreading discontentment among the people and forcing them to protest. It also doesn’t seem to have occurred to Khomeini that the Iranian revolution itself disrupted and ousted the Shah’s regime. Khomeini concludes his speech by saying, “Don’t be afraid of America, and be afraid of its conspiracies.”
In this footage from the period just after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the founder of the theocratic regime Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini addresses a crowd of young Iranians on a favorite subject
America does not bring militaries here. America brings writers here. America brings speakers here. America sends these people, whom it has trained for years to disrupt our conditions here. America disrupts Kurdistan like that. It creates unrest in Tehran and sometimes, for example, creates unrest in the universities so that they [students] take to the streets. That is how America does it. America doesn’t send militaries here. America sends worse than militaries here. They are worse than militaries. With militaries, you know what to do. If American militaries come forward, we will confront them. I will confront them, and you will confront them. But America doesn’t send militaries. Be sure about that. Don’t be afraid of America, be afraid of its conspiracies.”