Tehran, Iran â€“ The Commandant of Iranâ€™s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared that Iran was exporting its Islamic revolution to other Muslim countries including Iraq which would inevitably bring about the downfall of the United States in the Middle East, state dailies reported on Monday.
Speaking at a gathering of the IRGCâ€™s Navy commanders on Sunday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, â€œThe impoverished peopleâ€™s Bassij force was formed on the orders of the Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini] following the siege of the American spiesâ€™ den [U.S. embassy in Tehran] on November 4, 1979 and the arrest of the spies of that country to fight any possible threat from the enemiesâ€.
Safavi said that the para-military Bassij force, an offshoot of the IRGC, was invaluable during Iranâ€™s 1980-88 war with Iraq.
Safavi said that the U.S. had failed to prevent Tehran from exporting its Islamic revolution to other countries in the region. â€œFollowing the victory of the  Islamic revolution, America tried with all its might to contain the Iranian peopleâ€™s Islamic revolution inside the geographical borders of Iran and to thwart the export of the revolution. But, the activities in Lebanon, Palestine, and present-day Iraq, as well as Islamic and freedom-seeking nations of the world proved the oppositeâ€.
â€œAmerica seeks to dictate its own world order and wants the worldâ€™s politics, economics, security, and culture to be under its rule, so that it can rule the worldâ€, the IRGC Commandant added.
â€œFollowing the downfall of Communism, today, only Islam stands against Americaâ€™s imperialism. The U.S., well aware of the potentials of the Islamic world and the Islamic revolution, is afraid of the merciful culture of the Islamic revolution becoming a model for the whole world. It fears the creation of an Islamic world superpower with 1.5 billion Muslims in the key and strategic region geographically stretching from Southeast Asia to the north of Africa and the Middle East, with its ample economic resourcesâ€.
Safavi said that Khomeiniâ€™s ideology had awoken Muslims all over the world