In the eyes of US government and the alike arrogants, there is no one as abhorred as the brightening figure and luminous sunlight of the honorable Imam. They respected him but were his enemies at their hearts, because he resisted, because with his two unique characteristics of “full insight” and “thorough determination”- he observed well and understood properly, he would firmly resist- he was a barrier against their progress and their harms, beats and bites; thus they were his enemies. Of course we said that, they respected him, they realized his greatness; but the greater, the more abhorred; It’s the same today; anyone who is steadfast to principal and main values, that is, one who is steadfast to the values that define the political identity of the revolution- i.e. not to oppress and not to be oppressed-and understands that the list of problems created by the enemies of the Islamic government are placed within this framework- anyone who possess such vision and resistance on this path- would be equally detested.
The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, 17/09/2013