Following are excerpts from an address by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the Iranian Guardian Council, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV, on February 10, 2007
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati: Who told you the Americans will attack us? The Americans are stuck up to their knees in mud and filth in Iraq, and cannot get out of it. They are stuck there, and are at a loss. Everybody has complaints about them, both within America and outside it. The entire world hates them because of their aggression towards the Iraqi people. How will they dare show up here? Once they were beyond our firing range. Today the Americans are within our firing range.
They have placed us under siege, but in a way, this is to our benefit, because they are within our firing range now. In the west, in the east –they are within our firing range everywhere.
If the Russians are at all smart, they should help us, because they know that the Americans are in a conflict with them, and that the Americans dealt them the most severe blow, which led to the collapse of the USSR. It absolutely crushed them. Now we are facing your enemy, which brought this disaster upon you. You must support and help us.
We are proud of our martyrdom. One of our people's slogans is: "Martyrdom is our pride." This was the slogan of Ali and Hossein. What are they trying to make us afraid of? Let's assume that you attack. Even if you are mad enough to carry this out – who are you trying to scare? If we were afraid of America, we would have withdrawn at the beginning of the revolution. We would have raised our hands and surrendered during the first days. If you dare, invade Iran, and you will see what disaster we will bring upon you.