I would like to make a comment on the esteemed martyrs of the Haft-e Tir bombing and the important event which happened on June 28, 1981. This important event will go down in history. I would also like to point out something to the honourable officials of the judiciary.
Regarding the Haft-e Tir event, the most important point is that we lost the most honourable and prominent revolutionary elements in that bombing. A person like martyr Beheshti, who was a unique and exceptional figure of the Revolution, was martyred for the sake of the Revolution. I knew many of the martyred political figures, senior managers, ministers, MPs, and the political activists of the Islamic Republic - who were all prominent figures. I had worked with some of them. The fact that these high-ranking officials laid down their lives is very important. After all, a country, a civilization, or a government will get nowhere without making sacrifices and laying down lives. Those people were the pioneers of this path.
The next point is that the Islamic Republic brought many elites into the revolutionary arena and lost them. However, the Islamic Republic was not rocked. Those who used to plan the assassinations were not focused on specific individuals. Their primary goal was to destroy the foundations of the Revolution and strip it of its elites. Through these assassinations, they wanted to bring the Revolution to its knees. But what happened was just the opposite. That is to say, the main foundations of the Islamic Republic - namely, its relationship with the people - were strengthened.
These are all the lessons that our Revolution holds. And I would tell you that nothing has changed today. The Islamic Republic will be strengthened today if some lives are laid down for the Islamic Republic and for Allah's sake. The roots of our government are like the immaculate tree that has been mentioned in the Holy Quran: "Whose root is firm and whose branches are high." [The Holy Quran, 14: 24] The Islamic Revolution is as firm as the immaculate tree which has been referred to in the Holy Quran. We must create a bond between our hearts and the principles and values of the Revolution.
The Islamic Republic, especially the judiciary, is truly indebted to the prominent figure, Shahid Beheshti. The short period of time during which he served the judiciary - that is, from late 1358 to the early 1360 - Shahid Beheshti introduced many innovations, made numerous achievements, and made long-term plans for the judiciary.
Imam Khamenei, Jun 28, 2009