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Leader stresses IRGC's role in Iran
Tehran, Sept 16 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here on Monday that all necessary financial and moral means should be provided for consolidating the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which is the distinguished pillar of the immense building of the Islamic establishment.
Addressing a group of senior IRGC commanders, Ayatollah Khamenei said that with God Almighty's grace Iranian nation would continue to be prepared for resistance and perseverance against enemies.
Ayatollah Khamenei recalled God's irrevocable promise for absolute victory of Muslims and said resistance against enemies would make them disappointed in overcoming the Iranian nation.
The Supreme Leader said the past two centuries marked efforts by the arrogant powers and colonialists to plunder interests and resources of nationals and establish an international tyrannical systems in global communities but the Islamic Revolution of Iran derailed the process of pillaging by international dictatorship, sparking strong hostility towards Iranian nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that on threshold of the victory of Islamic Revolution, the US and Israel tried to completely violate the rights of the Palestinian nation so as to put an end to the issue of Palestine but thanks to Iran's Islamic Revolution, Palestinian youth with empty hands have brought the most ill-nature element of Zionist Regime, i.e. the criminal Sharon, to his kneels.
He said the Zionist regime is now badly engaged in the occupied lands thanks to the blessings of the Intifada.
He added that had the greedy Zionists not been gripped with Intifada they would have undoubtedly acted to dominate Egypt, Syria and Lebanon and other Middle East states.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the arrogant powers come across with problems upon invasion on any Muslim states as they do in Iraq thanks to the nations' Islamic vigilance.
He added that Iranian nation is not surprised at the continued hostility of hegemonistic US and international Zionism as well as other powers that bully Islamic system.
He said materialization of holy Quran's prediction on continuation of the hostility has made the faith of the Iranian nation stronger.
"The invasion and hostility would continue as long as enemies have not been disappointed; so, efforts should be made to have pessimism in dominating the Iranian nation cast its shadow on the enemy camp," said Ayatollah Khamenei.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the IRGC as a divine gift for Iranian nation and the country's history and said blessings of the auspicious institution would remain everlasting both at present and future in Iran.
The Ayatollah highlighted the IRGC's success in passing difficult eras in the past quarter a century and said abundant and rich experience and a team of resistant and faithful personnel have turned the IRGC into a highly honorable and powerful establishment.
The IRGC commander general Yahya Rahim Safavi and the leadership's representative at the IRGC Hojatoleslam Movahedi Kermani had prior to the Supreme Leader's speech voiced the IRGC's readiness to defend Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment. http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=188153
Dissident Iran cleric's warning
Wednesday, 17 September, 2003
The dissident Iranian cleric who was once designated as Ayatollah Khomeini's successor says the country's rulers may lose their legitimacy.
In his first public speech for six years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri said most people were dissatisfied and that the issue should be put to a vote.
Ayatollah Montazeri was released from house arrest early this year.
It is a decision the authorities may come to regret, says the BBC's Tehran correspondent Jim Muir.
About 300 students crowded into a small meeting room at Ayatollah Montazeri's house in the holy city of Qom about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south-west of Tehran.
Despite his poor health, the 81-year-old seems to have decided to break his silence to play a more public role, our correspondent says.
The cleric recalled the late Ayatollah Khomeini's dictum that the people should make their own decision about who rules the country.
"The same applies now," the cleric said, "the majority of our population is now dissatisfied with the ruling establishment. The matter should be put to popular vote."
Ayatollah Montazeri was also strongly critical of the longstanding crackdown by the hardline judiciary on liberal intellectuals and reformist publications, describing it as un-Islamic and a disgrace.
Although he was one of the authors of the Islamic Republic's constitution, Ayatollah Montazeri is not an enthusiast for religious control of politics.
This was the main reason for his house arrest after he criticised the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
In his speech he argued that the Islamic seminaries should be independent and not funded by the state authorities.
It was for speaking his mind thus that Ayatollah Montazeri lost favour as Ayatollah Khomeini's successor in 1989, our correspondent says.
It is thought that the current authorities may have decided to lift the restrictions on him in January because they feared he might become a cause celebre if he were to die under house arrest, he says. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3117102.stm
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