Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri warned against enemies’ relentless attempts to undermine the Islamic Republic and said hegemonic powers are seeking to impose their desired culture on other nations.
“The major arrogant powers that have colonized and exploited nations around the world for many centuries are seeking to impose their desired culture and features on all nations,” Major General Baqeri said in a speech on Sunday.
On the other hand, there are some nations that are willing to spread their own values among their people, he added.
The commander went on to say that this is an ongoing battle in the cultural arena.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has also on many occasions urged vigilance in the face of enemy ploys to gain a political and cultural foothold in Iran, warning that the consequences of such infiltration would be much worse than that of enemy’s economic influence.
“Economic and security infiltration is of course dangerous and has dire consequences, but the enemy’s political and cultural infiltration (into Iran) is a much more serious threat that everyone should be vigilant about,” Ayatollah Khamenei said back in September 2015.
As part of plans for cultural infiltration, the enemy has made heavy investment to gradually change the Iranian people’s beliefs, the Leader explained at the time.