A newly released Iranian propaganda film shows American warships in the Persian Gulf attacking the Islamic Republic before being foiled and destroyed by the will and endurance of the Iranian people.
The video, titled “Steadfastness 2,” was produced by an office under the supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Middle East Media Research Center (MEMRI) reported.
It shows US ships attacking and destroying an Iranian passenger plane — Iran Air Flight 655, which was accidentally targeted and destroyed by US forces in 1988, killing all 290 people on board. The ships, along with jet fighters, proceed to bomb civilians on the shore.
However, young men waving Iranian flags hold fast. Singing of their approaching victory, they weather the storm and then turn the tide on their attackers, defeating and sinking them through their battle cries and sheer willpower.
The heroes then go on to rebuild their lives and hopefully look out to the horizon, vowing to “resist to the last drop of blood.”
Despite seemingly being sanctioned by Khamenei himself, the film was criticized by pro-government website asriran.com. MEMRI reported the website called the concept “weak” and likened it to “a ridiculous Bollywood movie.”
The US and Iran have had repeated naval confrontations in the Persian Gulf. Last week Iranian ships harassed US naval vessels in international waters in several cases, speeding by American warships in incidents US officials called “unsafe and unprofessional.”
Iran’s defense minister said Thursday that his naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country’s territorial waters.
A US defense official told AFP that ships from the US and Iranian navies had interacted more than 300 times in 2015 and more than 250 times the first half of this year.
AFP contributed to this report.