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Khamanei Condemns Tyranny

21 Jun 2009 01:2831 Comments
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Quoting then (not-yet-Ayatollah) Hojatol-Islam Seyed Ali Khamanei, the current Supreme Leader at a speech in Qom: When illiteracy, poverty, hunger, injustice, and inequality have been uprooted, the Revolution has borne fruit.

The Shah's sin was that he used to say whatever I say [goes], not what the nation says. Today anyone who repeats this behavior, it not acceptable; he is condemnable."

"Once illiteracy, poverty, hunger, oppression and inequality are wiped away from society, the revolution will have been successful."

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He doesn't condemn tyranny today, does he?

dennis White / June 20, 2009 9:44 PM

??? ??? ??? ????

In maale key hast?

When is this from?

kaari ke anjaam midin vaghean ke harf nadaare, zende baashid.

Iranian Riots / June 20, 2009 9:51 PM

...bebakshid, mesinke be horoofaaye farsi tabdil mishan be alaamat soaalaa

Iranian Riots / June 20, 2009 9:53 PM

My prayers go out to the people of Iran. May God grant you your desire to have your vote counted. Please know that the world is watching what is happening in Iran & that people around the world are solidly with you.

Johanna / June 20, 2009 9:55 PM

I hope Khamenei dies of a violent painful death

winston / June 20, 2009 10:00 PM

What can anyone say? Do we not know by now the nature the mullahs and their religion? The core of it? Lie, mendacity, perfidy, treachery! We have to be courageous: we should ask whether there is something in the way they think, are, act that makes it so easy for them to lie with a straight face. Dear friends, claim to divine revelation is a lie! This is the Lie of all lies. It is based on Conceit and Deceit. The Creator of the universe, the God of humans who walked this planet from at least 150,000 years ago and will for many tens of thousands of years to come - if they don't blow the whole thing up (quite likely!) - He makes contact with them for a period of some 1500 years, gives them guidance, etc., and ends the transmission with a final message to an Arab whose people live like rats and snakes in their desert dens, whose way of life is by and large banditry (the main mechanism of the spread of their religion) - yes, this supposed God makes such an amazing honor to these Semitic people (what a conceit!) to reveal to them only BANALITIES, SUPERSTITIONS, and LICENSE TO KILL! My friends, READ THE QURAN AND THINK ABOUT FOR YOURSELVES, and you will see the description given here is not far from truth. What you find there is not any the less silly and ridiculous for being bloodthirsty (read the Suras: Muhammad or Al Hadid, etc.) Friends what stops people from asking the right questions is not intelligence but COURAGE. My friends HAVE COURAGE. DARE TO THINK FOR YOURSELVES!

Borzu Zand / June 20, 2009 10:12 PM

Like water this revolution of the people will have to seek its own level. Power to the people

Warren A Walker / June 20, 2009 10:32 PM

As promised in yesterday's (Friday) prayers the mullocracy delivers heavy handed repression unseen in Iran since the fall of the Shah.

Ironic to see the revolution come full circle and return to this bloody state in an attempt to maintain power.

The quote by Lord Acton says it best:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

While Mousavi and the reformers prepare to face martyrdom the power of faith in their cause is evident. The world is watching as Islam is on display. The dream of a caliphate is not a national dream, rather it's a fading dream of ideologues. You can not force anyone to believe something, humans must choose to believe. That is God given volition.

The Wise choose to use it in pursuit of truth.


Fearful rulers attempt to control with Fear...

Faith is the antithesis to Fear

Faith is only as strong as the object of the faith

Truth is powerful-lies are as quicksand...

The degree of deceit illustrates depth of depravity...

Is Iran being Crucified?



Folklight / June 20, 2009 10:56 PM

The revolution is now.

Harold / June 20, 2009 11:39 PM


ashi / June 21, 2009 12:09 AM

Too bad this idiot doesn't fell that way now.

spikens / June 21, 2009 12:31 AM

Stop massacre!

Zamarian alessandra / June 21, 2009 1:07 AM


You should know the world is watching, and we are with you.

For those of you who don't know what your government has done, you should know also that Iran is ridding your country of foreign journalist. Iran has attempted to make worthless your cell phones, as well as interfering with websites. The news the world learns is dependant on what YOU can get out to us. Please keep the information coming!

We all understand your elections were a fraud. You are a brave and courageous people. Keep up the good fight. Gain your freedom! Do not let them surpress you! Only you as a nation united can change this regime from a dictatorship. We are proud of you and we pray for your success to freedom.

Vicki / June 21, 2009 1:51 AM

You are a brave people. When the government says they are right and the people they are to serve are wrong it is time for the people to govern themselves.

When a govenment attempts to quail the voice of it's people what they are really saying is the peoples voice carries strength and power. It is this power the government is affraid of otherwise why would they have a problem with the citizens expressing themselves?

So the expression of your opinion brings out the weakness in the governemt and their oppresive reaction demonstrates the power your voice has and the fear your voice brings the government.

You are normal, what you want is normal and you deserve to be treated with respect.

The american people believe in you, we pray for you and you are supported by the american people.

Lloyd Lofton

LLoyd Lofton / June 21, 2009 9:59 AM

You Khamenei is a total failure so is the Islamic Republic. Shame on you and your followers. You are a disgrace to your country!

Taste of freedom among your people is now within reach.

You and your followers should all be put in dungeons after all these chaos and be left there to die.

World is waiting.....

shetty / June 21, 2009 10:06 AM

This guy predicted Saturday's bloodiness four days ago... the funerals and days of mourning up ahead are particularly significant, if his insights continue to remain accurate...


goiran / June 21, 2009 10:43 AM

A plea to the Shiite Muslim Clerics of Iran:

I am a Catholic priest and I appreciate that my own heirarchy, and indeed all of us in positions of some power have at times chosen to abuse our religious power to protect our perceived earthly interests. Yet, we all profess to believe in a GOD OF MERCY, indeed in a GOD, MOST MERCIFUL.

We live in a time when people in general are increasingly skeptical of clerics wielding religious power. I can not think of ANYTHING that would undermine the FAITH OF ALL BELIEVERS than to watch IRAN'S CLERICS unleash their "guards" to SLAUGHTER THE INNOCENT to protect their RELIGIOUSLY BASED REGIME.

So please, in the name of GOD, the MOST MERCIFUL, I beg you to show mercy, because your failure to do so, WILL HURT FAITH IN GOD EVERYWHERE.

Fr. Dennis Kriz, OSM

PS - I know the other side of the coin as well. One THINKS one's a "good person" ACTING JUSTLY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL. One DOES NOT UNDERSTAND why OTHERS may be so upset with some of the things one has done or proposed. BUT when it comes to really HURTING PEOPLE who may have a "different view" (and in IRAN TODAY, we're talking about SHOOTING PEOPLE who may have a different view) THAT OUGHT TO GIVE ANY CLERIC a reason to PAUSE AND REFLECT _and even let go of power_.

We all say that we believe in a GOD OF MERCY and COMPASSION. Letting go of the levers of power, may be the single best way to profess one's faith in such a God.

Fr. Dennis Kriz, OSM / June 21, 2009 11:31 AM

So, this sounds as if hypocrisy is the current policy and theology of the Supreme Leader. I hope that the very brave and courageous people of Iran do know that yes, the world is behind them. There is no room in the world today for the tyranny which we see being played out in the streets of Iran. God is with you.

rose / June 21, 2009 12:00 PM

Here is a quotation from the United States' Declaration of Independence (CE 1776). After 233 years, this idea is just as valid and just as revolutionary as it ever was.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

Larry / June 21, 2009 12:12 PM

My prayers go out to you!! Hold your heads high! and stand up for what you believe in!! The world is watching!!

sara charves / June 21, 2009 12:43 PM

Thank you Dennis (Kriz), my dear former student, for supporting Iranian people's peaceful struggle for their fundamental rights. I deeply appreciate your thoughtful comments. God bless you.

Muhammad Sahimi / June 21, 2009 1:32 PM

The people of Iran are an inspiration to the world. We are watching and will not stand by and let this happen. God is on your side and so is the free world. Keep it up! Please do not let this movement fade into history. You can change not only Iran but the world. God is great!

swampfox / June 21, 2009 7:59 PM

natars, natars , natars.

hich dolati dar tarkikhe donya ba koshatn wa janayat baghi namande. waghean ke in akhoondha ahmaghand.

ahmadikhareh / June 21, 2009 11:05 PM

"So please, in the name of GOD, the MOST MERCIFUL, I beg you to show mercy, because your failure to do so, WILL HURT FAITH IN GOD EVERYWHERE." Dennis Kriz

The above quote from the catholic priest, Dennis Kriz, is totally correct. My deepest hope is that the Iranian government's oppression of its own people will gravely harm theism everywhere. Now is the time for the delusion called "faith in the divine" be completely destroyed. After toppling the Supreme Leader in Tehran, then on to the pope and the Curia in Rome. Get rid of them all! Down with theism and its repression.

Daishin / June 22, 2009 12:16 AM

Down with Khameneyi.

Ebrahim / June 22, 2009 5:33 AM

Don't you love it when their words come back and haunt them?

ray / June 22, 2009 9:38 AM

Faith in the most divine and merciful God is not at all any like these corruptions called 'religion'. There is no comparison, though evil men have made it to be so.

R. Wallace-B. / June 23, 2009 2:02 PM

Khamenei or his ilk isn't Religious; they are Sacrilegious!

v.gerrard / June 26, 2009 8:16 PM

his version of justice remains open to interpretation. The biggest failure of the Arab world is lack of religious freedom. Intra-faith hatred is widespread and people of other denominations are treated like second class citizens. The notion of democracy as its premise has freedom of thought. If there is no religious freedom there is no freedom of thought.

wsd / July 6, 2009 4:33 PM

There is no doubt that the seat of power corrupts and it does so completly!

Ben Khezri / July 9, 2009 4:43 PM

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

You are no bigger than what you hide behind. Repression exhibts your weakness not your strength. All you have to lose is your life in protection of your rights, losing your self is a lifelong loss that impacts others. The mass is stonger than the few yet the few run the government out fear and attacks. Peaceful revolution is more powerful than planned assaults by the government. One day of prayer, no work, no purchases, no driving, no watching tv, internet, one entire day of silence could speak louder to the whole world than weeks of violent protest.

Lloyd / November 3, 2009 5:17 PM