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Supreme Leader blasts Bush's recent "impudent" remarks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blasted the US President George W. Bush for his recent "impudent" claims.

"This guy (Bush) speaks as if he is the master and owner of Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Iran and other Muslim states; whereas, if the huge power of nations comes to the scene, the arrogant powers will -- as was the case recently in Lebanon -- be humiliated and the enemies of Islam will no longer be rude," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to heads of the three branches of the government, the Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the state and military officials, and ambassadors of Muslim states on the feast of Mab'ath, marking Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) divine assignment to prophethood.

US President George W. Bush said Washington would take the lead in demanding enforcement action by the Security Council if Iran's response failed to provide a halt to nuclear fuel work.

"There must be consequences if people thumb their nose at the United Nations Security Council," he said. "We will work with people on the Security Council to achieve that objective."

Ayatollah Khamenei called on all Muslim states to take the post-Islamic Revolution Iran as a model of vigilance, saying that in that case the US and other arrogant powers would fail to take any action in the face of the huge power of nations.

Elsewhere in his speech, the grand Ayatollah referred to Muslim nations' growing hatred of the US and Zionists and to the great interest of Muslim youth, intellectuals and independent politicians to revive their Islamic identity and dignity.

The Iranian leader said Islamic vigilance -- as a big gift of the Iranian revolution -- is widespread worldwide.

"There were some groups accusing Iran of planning to export its Islamic Revolution by force, while all are witnessing today that the spirit of Islamic vigilance -- as the big gift of the (Islamic) Revolution of the Iranian nation -- has been revived all over the world of Islam and is strengthened day by day," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

Earlier in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the audience on the auspicious Mab'ath feast, calling it the "biggest feast of humanity."

The Supreme Leader called on the audience and Muslims to follow the great prophet of Islam who considered religion and politics equal.

He said establishment of Islamic government to administer justice is the remedy to all the present pains and sufferings of the world of Islam.


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