Ahmadinejad inspired by God in writing letter to Bush - Jannati
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 12, IRNA
Substitute Friday Prayers Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahamd Jannati said in his second sermon this week that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to his US counterpart had been divinely inspired.
Addressing hundreds of worshipers at Tehran University, Jannati reiterated, "The letter is spectacular, and when I say it is an inspiration from God, I really believe in it."
The Friday preacher of Tehran added, "This was a historically unprecedented move, save for the late Imam Khomeini's letter to (the former USSR President Mikhail) Gorbachev, which stunned everyone." Describing Ahmadinejad's letter to Bush as "astonishing and odd", Jannati said, "I suggest everyone to read this letter. It should be read at schools and universities, and repeatedly broadcast from the country's radio and TV networks."
The Secretary of the Guardians Council also proposed that the letter's text be included in text books, adding, "The messages in that letter are welcomed by the world nations, and yet no one else would have dared to write such a letter to the US President."
Jannati reiterated, "Imam Khomeini (PBUH) said in his letter to Gorbachev that the problems with which (the former) Soviet Union was entangled would lead to disintegration of that country, and today we see that the West is on the verge of disintegration, since it is at the end of dead end road."
Addressing the Americans, the Tehran Friday Prayers leader said, "You keep telling lies, your actions are so self-contradictory, you claim to be Christians and the followers of Jesus Christ, you boast to much speaking of human rights and democracy, but your conduct in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world show your real nature that is quite different with those claims."
Referring to a point in Ahmadinejad's letter, he said, "Iran believes in rule of logic, in acting moderately, and in rationalism," adding, "We are neither very powerful, nor after exerting our hegemony against anyone."
He said that the other message of the letter was that Iran can clearly analyze the world affairs, while the Americans' analysis of them is wrong.
Jannati considered the Americans' main problem to be their "irrational conduct", saying, "When the president of a country like United States lacks a sound mind, instead of solving the problems, he worsens them."
The Secretary of Guardians Council reiterated, "Despite their big claims, the US power is declining, and that is a fact mentioned by the late Imam (PBUH) in his letter to Gorbachev."
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