the 32nd anniversary of Iran's revolution, President Ahmadinejad
a speech in which he threw his support behind peaceful
protesters in Egypt, a year after suppressing peaceful protest in Iran.
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran
Revolution Reveals Hand of the 'Mahdi'
near future, will America and Israel somehow leave the Middle East? According
to this news account from Iran's state-controlled Kahyan, President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told cheering crowds celebrating the 32nd anniversary
of the Iranian Revolution that the Mahdi, the Muslim version of the messiah, is
managing the Egyptian Revolution and global affairs, and that he will soon deal
with the 'child of Satan' - the United States.
TEHRAN: President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Friday that a new Middle East is being created, that would be
free of the United States and the occupying regime of Israel. He backed the
Arab uprisings, but also warned Egyptians to be wary of America's
Massive crowds of Iranians,
waving flags and chanting "Death to Mubarak" and "Death to
America," descended on Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square. There, the
president lashed out at the West and the Zionist regime in a speech marking the
32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
"We will soon see a new
Middle East materialize - one without America and the Zionist regime, and there
will be no room in it for the World Arrogance," Ahmadinejad told the
cheering crowds, who gathered despite cold and cloudy weather.
He warned Egyptians that the United
States had “adopted a friendly face," saying that "we are friends of
the peoples of North Africa and the Arab countries," and to be watchful
and united. "You will be victorious,” he said. He went on to express
Iranian support for the uprising in Egypt, with which Iran has no diplomatic
ties: “The Iranian nation is your friend, and it is your right to freely choose
your path. The Iranian nation backs this right of yours."
He urged the arrogant powers
not to interfere in the internal affairs of countries like Egypt and Tunisia,
saying that, "If you want people to trust you, first of all don't
interfere in their affairs, and that includes Tunisia and Egypt. Let them be by
themselves." He also asked of them, "What are you doing in Afghanistan?
What are these military bases in the region for? Are you compassionate or just hypocrites?"
the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, Iranian
Ahmadinejad speaks in Iran's Azadi Square, claims
credit for Egypt's revolution, and predicts a Mideast
He argued that the West is
deceitful in claiming that, with the two-state slogan, it can pave the way for
the occupying regime of Israel to dominate the region. He said that that United
States is an “accomplice to the oppression of the Zionist regime,” and urged
them to "come and take away the Zionist regime, which is the source of all
crimes ... take it away and liberate the region. Free the region and give it to
the people and take this regime, which is the child of Satan (the United
Ahmadinejad said that the
world is witnessing a revolution managed by Imam Mahdi, the 12th
infallible imam who disappeared in the 10th century and who, it is believed, will
return to usher in a rule of justice. "The final move has begun … we are
in the middle of a global revolution managed by the dear (12th Imam). A great
awakening is unfolding. One can witness the hand of the imam in managing it."
Despite rain and snow, the turnout
was high at the mass rally marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution 32
years ago. Crowds of Iranians chanted pro-Egypt and anti-U.S. slogans as they
participated in the anniversary, which was covered by 1,100 domestic and
foreign reporters. Similar marches occurred in provincial areas and, in all,
rallies were held in 850 cities and some 400 small towns and villages.
The 1979 revolution toppled
the monarchy of Shah
Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, a key U.S. ally in the region, ending 2,500 years of
monarchial rule in the country. Diplomatic relations between Tehran and
Washington were broken off soon after, and remain so to this day.
"Death to America! Death
to Israel!" chanted the crowd as they carried Iranian flags, banners and
posters of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini, who led the
uprising against the shah, and of the current leader of the Islamic Revolution,
Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Elsewhere in his speech,
Ahmadinejad insisted that the nation remains determined to continue on its
nuclear path, and that Western countries should adopt a policy of coordination rather
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"The Iranian nation will
continue on its way, and it doesn't need you (world powers),” he said, “Iran is
now the most independent and dignified nation … its revolution was a great
event in moving toward the summit of perfection."
On Thursday, Ahmadinejad
addressed foreign ambassadors and representatives, saying that Tehran had
expanded its international ties based on the principles of justice, maintaining
human dignity and love, and that its message to the world was of peace, comfort
and purity. "Today, divine and humane values are appropriate in global
relations," he said, "A shining future for the world would come to
pass with general cooperation in its management, based on the principles of
justice and spirituality, which is found in the perfection of human beings.”
The Iranian president also
noted that the Islamic Republic welcomes every step toward establishing fair
relations between nations.