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Supreme leader receives war veterans, military commanders

Tehran, Oct 21, IRNA

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Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received here Saturday a group of military commanders and war veterans of the imposed war.

In the meeting, a number of participants talked about their memoirs in those days.

Ayatollah Khamenei said during the eight-year war, Iranians showed that they never want to invade other lands, but in defending their national identity and ideals, they are a model for the whole world.

The supreme leader called the 8-year imposed war a" defensive and unequal war," in which all powers in the east and west stood against Iran in different political, military, economic and propaganda fronts.

The ayatollah also called the end of the war honorable, and criticized some baseless arguments about termination of the war and pointed out, "undoubtedly Iran was the sole winner of the imposed war, because Saddam's regime with the whole support of many countries invaded Iran to overthrow the Islamic system and disintegrate the country, but at the end of the war they left the country with empty hands, high human loss and a great deal of damage, while Iranians, achieved high potentials."

Concerning artistic and literary works on memoirs of the war period, the supreme leader stressed the work that has been done is not adequate, because this period of Iran's history is so sensitive and historic.


IR Leader receives top students

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei received a group of top university students Tuesday and listened to the remarks of 13 candidate speakers about the national and academic affairs.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined efforts to deepen religious thinking and called it a core principle of the Islamic System, adding the Islamic Republic in light of religious thinking, has set it a goal to revive spirituality as the lost element from human life besides efforts to resolve material questions.

Ayatollah Khamenei said because of the same approach, the Islamic System has been challenged by the world tyrants and bullies, vowing however that it will continue to take step in the path of the goal despite all the oppositions.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the pace of growth of burgeoning revolutionary forces has outpaced their withering and underscored the role of the youth in progress of the system. "Revolutionary aspirations will grow across the world naturally and the Islamic System more and more wins sympathy and intellectual support of nations day by day," the IR Leader said.

The IR Leader described the prospects of the Islamic Revolution as bright, adding no doubt the significance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in international equations will reach a fateful point to gain which goal a zealous, lively, industrious and faithful young generation that relies on Islamic teachings is a condition.


Supreme Leader: Resistance the only path to victory

Tehran, Oct 13, IRNA

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The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Friday that resistance is the only path to victory.

"There is no other way, even if the resisting group is a small group, even if the group they stand against is a first grade army and is supported by the US," said the Leader addressing worshipers in his sermons at Tehran's Friday prayers.

"Resistance is key to victory," said the ayatollah adding, "Those who resist should not be scared of its dangers," he said.

If a nation who intends to stand up (against tyrannies) is not scared of and disturbed by absence of comfort and pleasures of life, its resistance would bring about victory, said the Supreme Leader.

The Leader said the developments in Lebanon served as a lesson for all Muslims.

"You should know that after the events in Lebanon, the state of affairs has changed in the region but its repercussions may not be visible so soon."

The Leader warned that those defeated in this incident are not and will not be sitting idly.

"The case is not over yet. They are trying to cope with the scopes of this defeat because the blow dealt on them was heavy," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

The blow, said the Leader, was dealt on the fake government of Israel.

The strength of this government comes from its army, said the Leader adding, people should trust the army.

"What was disgraced in this war was the Israeli army. It was defeated by a small group of militia with limited equipment." "It was a huge failure and the US and Zionists are trying to make up for it," said the Leader.

"We should be vigilant against what is being masterminded against Muslim governments and nations," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

They intend to weaken the Hezbollah in Lebanon. "From political point of view, they intend to weaken the Hezbollah to prevent it from getting stronger."

Another scheme, the Ayatollah said, is about the UN troops who have converged there from different countries and are assigned to support the Lebanese people in the face of foreign aggression.

There is concern that the mission of these forces would be changed and they would be forced to stand against the Hezbollah which is the powerful and living force of Lebanon.

Turning to the 33-day war in Lebanon, the Leader said nations witnessed once again after the victory of the Islamic Revolution that there is no path towards victory and salvation but through resistance against tyrants and aggressors.

The Leader said the developments in Lebanon were not something ordinary. "The 33-day war in Lebanon was a historic phenomenon. It has had no precedence in the entire region. The enemies of Muslim nations, too, did not expect such a thing..."

Today Hezbollah and the leader of Hezbollah are among the most favored names among nations in the world of Islam, he noted.

Hezbollah members are among the most popular people and this indicates that the world of Islam considers itself victorious in this war, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"The US was also defeated in this war," said the Leader adding, "It is evident that they have dependents in the region who are considered among the defeated, too."



Ayatollah Khamenei praises new era of Persian poetry


On the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the second Shiite Imam, Imam Hassan (A.S.), a poem ceremony was staged in the presence of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Monday in which a group of Iranian poets read out their works with religious and political themes.

Following the poetical function, Ayatollah Khamenei said poetry had seen a growing trend following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, adding the Iranian poets, especially young poets, must take the noble language of poetry in a proper manner to infuse hope and liveliness into society as well as their audience.

Ayatollah Khamenei commended poetical works on moral values, especially martyrdom, jihad and the eight year Sacred Defense, urging creating an art and poetical climate in society in which revolutionary causes are promoted and people are encouraged to make for backwardness through unflagging effort.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed a new era for poetry has begun after the Islamic Revolution and called on cultural authorities and poetry folks to take the occasion and strive to preserve and usher the achievement.

The IR Leader urged young poets to make effort to develop higher quality in Persian literature and poetry and avoid sufficing to any limit.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the audience conducted congregational prayers led by Ayatollah Khamenei and then broke their fast.


Acadmic elites meet with IR Leader


Iranian professors and members of academic boards held a meeting with Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Thursday to raise different academic issues with him.

The 3 hour meeting saw 15 professors laying out their ideas, mainly as urgency of capitalization on material and spiritual matters in university and further promotion of human science as basis for other sciences, promotion of scientific and research infrastructure and drawing national comprehensive scientific map, institutionalization of research trend in scientific centers, serious promotion of national causes including scientific production movement, software movement and theory making in basics sciences, balancing quantity and quality of the country's scientific drive, provision of a strategic plan for different scientific centers in light of the 20 Year Vision, special investment in new technology, fielding younger talents in less touched schemes like stem cells, spinal injuries treatment and animal cloning, quality promotion of universities until world higher grades are achieved, and fostering Persian literature in home and abroad.

Ayatollah Khamenei in his remarks to the elite audience noted that the meeting aims to honor knowledge and men of knowledge that helps promote knowledge and guarantee progress of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei also described the gathering as a venue for university professors and elites to raise different scientific and academic matters and help related authorities as well as the general public to become familiar with these matters.

"Despite newer research drives carried out in the recent decade in the country, we are still in the beginning of the path of scientific progress and should advance along the bright road unflaggingly," the IR Leader urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that academic environment demands an encouraging and hopeful language, adding Iran's present position in the world fails to satisfy a Muslim Iranian who looks towards sublime and bright prospects, but one must not forget that the scientific drive in the country, especially in the recent years, has been among the world's fastest leading to best achievements. The IR Leader urged continuing the path with further speed.

Ayatollah Khamenei assured that it is possible to break past the current levels of science to reach to the first position in the world in the next 50 years' time, adding the invaluable objective calls for faith in national ability and Iranian talent, utilization of capacities and natural resources in the country and taking lessons from the past 27 years.

Outlining necessary properties to fulfill heavy duties of professors, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to scientific bravery, innovation, avoiding emulative approach towards western advances, self-confidence, and hard work. "The remedy to all the pains and problems in the country lies in scientific progress," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed delight that calls for scientific movement have found resonance among student and academic figures, adding however that despite prideful advances, urges to outpace present borderlines in science have yet to become a serious demand in scientific circles.

"Taking new strides in science needs to cover the already covered path, but the mind must not become deprived of search for untouched ways. Our scientists must call to their mind what human being is still afar," Ayatollah Khamenei suggested.

The IR Leader furthermore urged rendering researches objective-oriented and fitted for the country's demands, adding the system of academic promotion must comply with factors like research priorities and complimentary researches.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on professors to promote religion and Islamic-Iranian identity in students, adding the Iranian young people must take honor in their nationality and rely on their historical and cultural legacy, besides taking pride in the present status of the Islamic Iran.

At the end of the cordial meeting, the participants performed congregational prayers led by ayatollah Khamenei. They then broke their fast.


Leader offers condolence over Yasrebi's demise


Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei on Monday issued a condolence message over demise of Represenrtative of Vali-e Faqih and Friday Prayer Leader of Kashan, Ayatollah Sayed Mehdi Yasrebi.

"With great sorrow, I offer my condolence to the high-ranking clergies, theological schools, faithful people of Kashan and his bereaved family specially his honorable sons," the message said.

"His Eminency, as a servant and compassionate scholar was the origin of many blessings and services during the Revolution and Sacred Defense," It added.

"He was a kind father, sympathetic advisor and knowledgable guide for people and theological schools," IR Leader said.

IR Leader: We exist to serve people


"In Islam's view, rulers and governments exist just to serve people and carry out works in the interest of the public and this is what God demands us, as authorities, to fulfill," Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told President Mahmoud Ahmadinjead and his administration Sunday.

Quoting excerpts of Hazrat Ali's famous epistle to Malik Ashtar, his renowned commander-in-chief, Ayatollah Khamenei laid out the duties of the authorities of the Islamic System as love and in-heart affection for people, saying contrary to the mindset of profiteers who sometimes have to respect people out of expediency or to reassert their power, in Islam, caring for people because of faith and humanity is a principle and statesmen must treat possible failures of people mercifully and leniently.

Ayatollah Khamenei however drew a distinction between lenience towards ordinary people and handling with law flouters and a particular power-thirsty group, adding, the public interests are prioritized over those of particular groups and condoning their wrong doings and profiteering correspond to injustice and tyranny.

Meanwhile, at the end of the meeting Ayatollah Khamenei led congregational prayers and the President and his cabinet members broke fast alongside Ayatollah Khamenei.

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