Basics of Export of Revolution
Export of revolution in the eyes of the leaders of Islamic Revolution
In the eyes of Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Islamic Revolution, export of revolution doesn’t reduce to these inherent effects that are somehow aftershocks of revolution; it has an active dimension, as well
Translated by Maysam Aliabadi
Any movement and revolution, in any part of the world, would inherently influence its surrounding environment, and the more profound the noetic backing of it, and the more its substantial conflict with dominant world system due to this noetic backing, the more is these effects. Islamic Republic of Iran, which led by Imam Khomeini and with public support gained victory in 1979, had both aforementioned characteristics. Neotic backing resulted from Islamic Thought that is in accordance with human nature, and substantial conflict with dominant world system called “Arrogance” by Imam Khomeini, led up to great influence of Islamic Revolution on third world countries, as well as Muslim countries. Slackening the prestige of Communism, which before the victory of Islamic Revolution was the single ideology of liberation warriors, was one of the inherent effects of Iranian Islamic Revolution. The same was observed in effects of Tunisian upheaval. Although Tunisian upheaval differs dramatically from Iranian Islamic Revolution, but this upheaval, in its turn, has revealed its inherent effects. It aroused Arab nations of the region that were in the same position, and as a result, we observed even a more profound movement, compared to Tunisia, in Egypt.
In the eyes of Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Islamic Revolution, export of revolution doesn’t reduce to these inherent effects that are somehow aftershocks of revolution; it has an active dimension, as well. Imam Khomeini believed that Islamic Revolution of Iran was a part of a prolonged chain of movements initiated by Prophet of Islam, and before that by Devine Prophets, which is not concluded by revolutionary movement of Iranians, but would continue until establishment of world justice and supremacy of Islam in the world.
Imam Khomeini’s perception of Islamic Revolution as a movement caused him to interpret it not in terms of struggle against Iran’s false deity (taghout), but as a struggle against the Arrogant and oppressors, and addressed the Oppressed of the world, as well as Muslims, since the birth of Revolution. So, early after the victory of Islamic Revolution, its export was discussed, and defending all liberation movements of the world was considered as an ideal. From the beginning, Imam took a firm stand on adversaries of export of revolution that were mainly apparent in interim government. He repeatedly expressed, up to his demise, that we would not abandon export of revolution until call of “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger” resonates in the world. Not only Imam Khomieni felt bound duty to deliver the message of Islam and Islamic Revolution to the oppressed of the world for their liberation from world arrogance, but regarded preservation of Revolution subject to propagation of Revolution values. 
“we should make every endeavor to export our revolution, and abandon this thought that we would not export our revolution, because Islam do not make any distinction between Muslim countries and defends all oppressed of the world. On the other hand, all Superpowers and Great Powers have done their best to annihilate us, and if we stand aside, we would be defeated. We should balance accounts with Superpowers and Great Powers and inculcate them with the fact that we would deal ideologically with the world despite our excruciating difficulties. 
Upon Imam Khomeini’s stance on inevitability of export of revolution, different opinions and attitudes toward it was proposed. So, Imam Khomeini, in different situations and according to conditions, explained it and removed its practical and intellectual distortions.
To explain Imam’s approach toward export of revolution, knowing imam’s viewpoint about international relations is essential. He perceived international system as an unfair system founded on dominance. In his eyes, the world was divided into two blocs, namely the Oppressed and the Arrogant, and there exists continuous conflict between them. He didn’t reduced the Oppressed bloc only to Shiites or even Muslims, but considered it so broad that involved all oppressed nations of the world. In other words, it was an ideological, rather than geographical, division . For the same reason, Imam Khomeini put more valuation on nations rather than governments, and emphasized agents of foreign policy, specially the ambassadors, to make good relations with other countries’ citizens. Finally, he regarded export of revolution as the single way to reinforce the bloc of the Oppressed, and so put special emphasis on the oppressed, and solicited them to follow Iranian revolution example.
1. Imam’s Sahifa, vol. 12, pp 147- 148
2. Imam’s Sahifa, vol. 12, pp 202- 203
3. Imam’s Sahifa, vol. 21, p 78