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