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Supreme Leader: US ignites ethnic, sectarian war in Iraq

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA

Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Monday that recent desecration of twin shrines in Iraqi city of Samarra is an instance of Americans' attempt to ignite ethnic and religious war in the country.

"Americans in Iraq are trying to fan ethnic and religious war, an instance of which is the tragic Samarra incident," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi and governors general.

The paramount Leader said the US is sowing seeds of discord and creating insecurity in Iraq, in a bid to show the broad-based government of Iraq is incompetent.

The Supreme Leader said incidents like that of Samarra and the publication of sacrilegious cartoon by certain sections of western press of holy Prophet of Islam Mohammad (PBUH) as some examples of such plots.

"They tried to materialize their own goals by inciting the sentiments of Muslims but to no avail because the blasphemous cartoons increased the Muslim world's hatred of global arrogance.

The Samarra incident too led to further unity of Shiites and Sunnis both in Iraq and in many parts of the world of Islam," said the Supreme Leader.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei called for Muslim world's vigilance vis-a-vis enemy conspiracies.

He said the Iraqi government today is an example of the failure of the US policies in the Middle East because contrary to Washington's attempts to install a puppet regime there, an Islamic government has been formed in that country.

"However, through vigilance of the Iraqi people and officials, their (Americans') plots will be neutralized," added the Ayatollah.

The Supreme Leader said Iran's Islamic Revolution during its 27-year life has been subjected to numerous challenges due to its refusal to bow to hegemony and ambitions of world colonialist powers.

"The challenge between the Islamic system and world bullying powers will continue until they are disheartened."

The Supreme Leader also called on officials to serve masses and try to address their needs.



Leader's message on Sammara tragedy

Tehran, Feb 22 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei in a statement Wednesday expressed condolences over the tragic profane made to the holy shrine of Shiite Imams, Imam Hadi (A.S.) and Imam Hassan Asgari (A.S.) in Iraq, proclaiming a week of national mourning. The statement reads as follows.

Bismillah-e Rahman-e Rahim

We Belong to Allah and We Shall Return to Him The felonious and bloody hand of malevolent criminals created a large tragedy today and committed another sin in aggressing religious sanctities. The reverent mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Hadi and Imam Asgari, peace be upon them, became subject to sacrilege and destruction leaving thereby an unbearable grief in the hearts of Shiites and the overall Muslims who feel love for (Islam's prophet) household, peace be upon them. The criminal act, whose perpetrators are possibly chosen from among hardline bigots or ill-fated and negligent mercenaries, has been planned by conspirators who have evil and malicious intentions.

This is a political crime and one must find its root in the intelligent bodies of Iraq's occupiers and the Zionists. Dominance-seeking powers, who find Iraqi political and social situation contrary to their hegemonic aims, are plotting in mind malicious ploys, including among others, to fan insecurity and sow religious discords.

Today's criminal act in Sammara added another page to the black record of Iraq's occupiers. The holy shrine of the Askariyin (the two Imams), peace be upon them, will once again get back into full swing by the zealous work of the lovers of the household, peace be upon them, God willing. Nevertheless, the criminal act left a dark blot on the forehead of Islam's enemies which may no be removed even for a long time.

I express my condolences for the tragic event to the reverent Prophet of Islam, may Allah pray for him and his family, and to the lofty status of the Baghiyat-Allah (the last Imam), may our souls be sacrificed to him, as well as all Shiite population worldwide and all zealous and aware Muslims who feel love for the pure household of God's prophet, peace be upon him and them. I proclaim a week of public mourning in the country.

I consider it as necessary to plea for the mourners in Iran, Iraq and other parts of the world to seriously refrain from any action which leads in confrontation and enmity among Muslim brethren. Definitely, there are hands behind which push Shiites to profane mosques and sacred places of Sunni people. Any move in this regard will promote the intentions of enemies of Islam and Muslim nations and is prohibited by the statute.

And Peace be to the righteous servants of Allah
Sayed Ali Khamenei
February 22, 2006

Supreme Leader terms Hamas election victory as a 'sweet surprise'

Tehran, Feb 20, IRNA

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that victory of Hamas in parliamentary election of Palestine was a sweet surprise and sign of God's promise coming true.

In a meeting with head of Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mashal, the Supreme Leader said that Palestinian people and liberation fighters were not disappointed when all the doors were closed to them.

"They continued their campaign and at last they saw that God's promises come true one after the other. After liberation of Gaza, Hamas won a landslide victory," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that all these victories are results of resistance to the occupation forces of the Zionist regime. On the other hand, the Palestinian people showed that they are intelligent and politically mature, because they knew that voting in favor of Hamas means opting for resistance to the Zionist regime and campaign against occupation.

In reference to Khaled Mashal's statement that Hamas would not recognize the Zionist regime, nor would it talk with the usurper regime as well as the requirement for repatriation of Palestinian refugees to the state of Palestine with Holy Qods as its capital, the Supreme Leader said that Hamas position is very principled and the only way for success.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic governments and nations have heavy responsibility towards the issue of Palestine and they are expected to adopt a plan through which all the Muslims could make their contributions to the Palestinians.

The Supreme Leader said that contribution of Muslims to Palestinians would serve to boost their morale to stand against Israel's systematic aggressions.

He called for national unity in Palestine and said that all political parties are expected to mobilize their forces to proceed with national aspirations and help remove difficulties of the people.

Khaled Mashal appreciated Iran's position on Palestine and said that victory of Hamas belongs to all the Muslim nations and of course, Iran has a share in this victory and "We congratulate Iranians on this victory."

"Victory of Hamas in the parliamentary election was divine blessing and the Almighty's promise to save blood of the oppressed and reward the martyrs with His blessings," Mashal said.

Scientific progress the key to all-out development: Leader

Tehran, Feb 15, IRNA

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Tuesday that scientific progress was the key to all-out development and success of nations in various fields. The Supreme Leader made the remark while addressing the management and staff of the Technology Cooperation Department of the Presidential Office. He called on all authorized entities and centers to work for scientific progress in the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that basic sciences provide the foundation for scientific progress, and added, "Basic sciences should be developed in the country in such a way that these sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics and other basic sciences, become common knowledge. "Only then can we speed up realization of our goal of achieving scientific superiority through innovation." The leader said that efforts aimed at monopolizing science are doomed to fail, and noted that "Iranians are a greatly talented people." "They have proven their potential of reaching the highest peaks in various scientific fields and knowhow. This feat can provide the foundation for real national development."

Supreme Leader lauds glorious Bahman 22 rallies

Tehran, Feb 12, IRNA

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message lauded the glorious rallies of the Iranian nation on Bahman 22 (February 11) and appreciated people from all walks of life and political tendencies who took part in the demonstrations. In his message, Ayatollah Khamenei said that people's move on the 27th anniversary of the victory of Islamic Revolution displayed the height of the efforts and consciousness of a free, independent and dynamic nation to the world. Those loyal to the dynamic and progressive Islamic ruling system coming from all walks of life with various tastes and political beliefs attempted to manifest the authority of this great deep-rooted nation to the world hegemony and stress their superior goals and ideals.

The Supreme Leader said that President Ahmadinejad's remarks, which reflected people's feelings, once more proved the mental and heart-felt interconnection between the nation and government. "I would like to thank God Almighty for leading and blessing this country and nation and every individual Iranian. We should be thankful for the current unity, persistence, consciousness and participation of people and attempt to make optimum use of such potentials to create national honors," concluded the message.


Air Force renews allegiance with leader

Tehran, Feb 7 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution likened Iran's Islamic Revolution to the Ashura movement early on Islam for its ability to awaken people and inspire them to move in the path of dignity and national independence.

Speaking to commanders and personnel of the Iranian army's air force, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei underlined that the Iranian nation will move steadfastly in the path of dignity, national sovereignty and independence with power, patience, and prudence, unfazed with threats of any kind.

The meeting was held in commemoration of the historic allegiance the then army's Air Force young officers made with the late founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (R.H.) twenty seven years ago.

Ayatollah Khemenei described the historic move of Muslim and young revolutionary officers a turning point which stepped up the eventual victory of the Islamic Revolution.

He lauded the meritorious performance of the Air Force during the eight-year Sacred Defense (1980-1988) and in materialization of national self-sufficiency, urging the force to rely on God and tightly maintain military discipline. He also called on the force to protect the spirit of self-purity, innovation and self-confidence and tread the path of dignity and pride of the Iranian nation.

He said the Ashura event urges not be afraid of threats, even take on great measures. He referred to the attitude of the Iranian nation following the triumph of the Islamic Revolution mainly in relying on indigenous powers and practicing self-confidence and hard work to wean the country off the outsiders.

"The capabilities of the Iranian nation and the country's young generation in achieving and using the indigenous and splendid nuclear technology has badly shocked the bodies of hegemony and arrogance, hence their recent uproars" Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, "dominance-seeking powers do not desire to see nations mastering scientific capabilities of their own."

The leader of the Islamic Revolution rejected threats of a-bomb application by Westerners and mainly by the United States as lies or an excuse to cover up their real intention. He regretted that international communities have been losing credit and face to the clout of Westerners.

"While Westerners once approved the non-proliferation of atomic weapons treaty, they in fact scrapped it by taking their Saturday action," Ayatollah Khamenei said, referring to Western powers' unjustifiable move Saturday to report Iran to the UN.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran gave the Westerners an ultimatum by adopting due decisions to build confidence and remove their mistrust during the past two and half a year.

"After that, Westerners finally admitted that the cause of concern is not nuclear weapons, but Iran's access to peaceful nuclear technology with which the Iranian nation will never bear," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the era of taking orders from US and UK ambassadors is bygone, saying that the Iranian "officials mirror the nation's will and resolve." He admired President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for issuing his recent directive to national Atomic Energy Organization and also his Sunday statement, saying he hit the nail on the head by adopting the decision in par with the nation's dignity and sovereignty.

Ayatollah Khamenei described recent diplomatic decisions by the Iranian statesmen as right, professional and adopted by prudent people who are well-seasoned in international politics and also technical issues.

"Dominance-seekers have little tools at their disposal and their main tool is frowning," he said, adding, "if Muslims and other nations appreciate their powers it will fail as well."

He underlined atht the Iranian nation appreciated its capabilities and warned that no power must overlook Iran's national sovereignty.

He urged for preserving faith, unity and national resolve, saying "the Iranian nation will once again demonstrate its will and what its firm resolve is directed at in Bahman 22 (next Saturday) rallies." He called on the overall globe to open their eyes and carefully watch this year rallies.

In some other parts of his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the ugly act of certain Western journals in insulting Islam's revered prophet Mohammad (S.A.) and called it a scandal for the call of Western civilization and Liberal Democracy for freedom of expression.

"In such freedom of expression, expressing doubt over or denial of the Jewish killing in any form is prohibited, but insulting the sanctities of 1.5 billion of Muslims is allowed," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei appraised the act as a premeditated ploy by the Zionists to push Muslims and Christians to confrontation. He recalled the Crusade remarks of the US president years ago and also these days support of the European leaders lent to the heinous act under the pretext of freedom of expression.

"Muslim nations showed due and timely reaction and they must do the same, because the prophet of Islam (A.S.) is the focal point of all affection and love and the world Muslim has been united around him," he said, urging the world to realize that "the sacred and due fury of Muslims is not directed at Christians, rather, it is directed at the villain hands who hatched the plot and made the politicians of the hegemony world to play into their hands."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that among other motives, the shocking win of Hamas in recent Palestinian elections prompted the Zionists to hatch the plot.

"During the Palestinian elections process, Americans officially made financial aides to Hamas rivals, but to their dissatisfaction, Hamas combatants won," Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting, "if free and fair elections is held in any part of the Islamic world, opponents of America will win the ballot in tribute to the hateful and nasty face it enjoys among Muslim nations."

Ayatollah Khamenei called the victory of Hamas and the West's ensuing opposition as indicative of bias in their democratic slogans.

"The current political juncture in the region, especially US constant defeats and the expanding Islamic awakening are the great fruits of the Islamic Revolution and the dignified movement of the Iranian nation," he asserted, vowing that the nation will keep on its path of progress in God's grace.

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