“Any nation that can educate hundreds of thousands of people to be willing to martyr themselves [shehada] and to attain the height of martyrdom is invincible… Anyone who is willing to [set] martyrdom in the path of [his] ideals is always the victor. Being on the path is victory [in itself], and defeat on this path does not exist… The willingness to carry out shehada is an invincible weapon, that nothing can overcome.
“You saw last summer how the Zionist regime, armed to the teeth, was defeated in the face of the young faithful of Hizbullah… God has not left us defenseless in the face of the front of arrogance [i.e. the West, led by the U.S.]. Our revolution and our state have an owner; God has set the Hidden Imam to support us… Martyrdom [shehada] is the shortest path to attain the height of human perfection. Those who have carried out martyrdom [i.e. the fallen shahids] are today looking at our behavior and illuminating the path of our nation like a floodlight…”