The following statements by Iran´s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
were monitored and translated by the MEMRI TV Project (www.memritv.org). They are followed by
a recent Khamenei message to Muslim pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia
Recent Statements by Khamenei on Iranian TV
The following statements by Ali Khamenei were monitored and
translated by the MEMRI TV Project:
Iranian Leader Khamenei: Iran´s Enemies Want to Destroy it with
Miniskirts; January 6, 2005; Iranian Channel 1; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Iranian Leader Khamenei: U.S. and Israeli Intelligence Responsible
for Iraq Bombings; December 20, 2004; Iranian Channel 1; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Tehran University Friday Sermon by Iranian Leader Khamenei: Our
Nuclear Weapon Is Our Youth; November 5, 2004; IRINN TV; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei: Europe and U.S. Know We Do Not Look
for Nuclear Weapons; October 27, 2004, Iranian Channel 1; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Iranian Leader Khamenei on Jihad: "Jihad is one of the gates to
paradise"; October 24, 2004; Sahar TV; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Iranian Leader Khamenei: If Someone Harms Our People … We Will
Endanger His Interests Anywhere in the World; July 5, 2004; Iranian
Channel 1; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Iranian Leader Khamenei: We Don´t Need An Atomic Bomb. We´ve Been
Defeating America For 25 Years Without It; June 24, 2004; Jaam-E-Jam
Ali Khamenei: We Send a Curse to the Zionists and to America; June
3, 2004, Iranian Channel 1; http://memritv.org/Search.asp?
Khamenei Message to Hajj Pilgrims: The Zionist Octopus and U.S.
Imperialism Harbor Plans for the Entire Islamic World
"… At present, the Islamic world is faced with an all-out siege,
both on the economic and the technological fronts, as well as with a
propaganda offensive, and most recently with military occupation. The
occupation of Palestine and the holy city of Quds [Jerusalem] have
culminated in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The Zionist octopus – along with the vicious and despicable U. S.
imperialism – now harbors plans for the entire region of the Middle
East, as well as North Africa and the entire Islamic world. They have
created the general awakening, which has breathed new life into the
Islamic nation [ Ummah ], the target of their vengeance and
"The U.S. and the Western imperialists have finally concluded that
Muslim countries and nations, especially those of the Middle East,
form the core of this awakening and resistance to their plans for
global domination. They foresee that if they fail to control or
suppress this Islamic awakening in the next few years with political
and economic measures, through propaganda, and as a last resort
through military aggression, all their plans for absolute global
hegemony and control of the most vital oil and gas resources, which
constitute the sole powerhouse of their industrial machinery and [the
sole] cause of their material edge over the rest of humanity, will
come to nothing.
"If that happens, the big Western and Zionist capitalists, who are
the real backstage players in all imperialist governments, will fall
from the height of their power and their domination over the nations.
"Imperialist arrogance has deployed all its capabilities to this
end. It has launched this fateful war, using political pressure on
one front, threats of economic sanctions on another, and employing
propaganda tactics in one place and bombs, missiles, tanks, and
troops in other places, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, just as it did
before in Palestine and Quds.
"The most important tool of these predatory savages is the
deceptive mask of hypocrisy that they wear. They equip and dispatch
their assassination squads to murder innocent people and talk of
waging war on terrorism. They openly support the bloodthirsty
terrorist regime that has usurped Palestine, and label as terrorists
the defenders of Palestine, who strive with their backs to the wall.
"They manufacture, supply, and use nuclear, chemical, and
biological weapons of mass destruction. They have perpetrated such
horrors as Hiroshima and Halabja, and on the Iranian warfront during
the imposed war, while they profess to be against the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction.
"They themselves are behind the dirty drug-trade mafia, but claim
to be fighting the narcotics trade. They make a display of supporting
science and the globalization of science, and yet obstruct the
development of science and technology in the Islamic world,
considering the emergence of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes
in Islamic countries a moral sin.
"They talk of freedom and the rights of minorities while depriving
Muslim girls of the right to education for the sin of wearing the
Islamic scarf. They speak glibly about the freedom of expression and
belief, while counting every expression of opinion about Zionism as a
"They ban the publication of many outstanding Islamic works and
forbid in the U.S. even the publication of the documents retrieved
from the U.S. spy den in Tehran. They rant about human rights while
setting up scores of torture centers – such as the ones at Guantanamo
and Abu Ghraib – or maintain a conniving silence about such
"They talk about respect for all religions, while extending their
support to such renegades as Salman Rushdie, who has been sentenced
to capital punishment, and the BBC, which broadcasts
sacrilegious statements against Islamic sanctities.
"However, as a consequence of the insolent and foolishly reckless
conduct of the U.S. and British rulers, this mask of deception and
hypocrisy has been fractured. With their own hands, they have stuffed
the hearts of Muslim nations and youth with hatred for the arrogant
imperialists. Should free elections be held today in any Muslim
country, the people would definitely vote against the wishes of the
U.S. and Britain."
Two Great Dangers Loom Over the Iraqi Elections: American Fraud
and Another Dictatorship
"Now we have the elections in Iraq ahead of us. The presumed goal
of these elections – as far as the Iraqi people and their genuine
leaders are concerned – is the exact opposite of the occupiers´
objective. The Iraqi nation and leaders want to hold elections in
order to establish a popular government derived from the will of the
people and for a free, independent, and undivided Iraq.
"From their viewpoint, the elections are the means to ending the
military occupation and political control by the U.S. and Britain. As
far as they´re concerned, the elections will put an end to the
vicious presence of the Zionists, who have landed on the banks of the
Euphrates in the shadow of American arms and seem to have found
partial fulfillment of their warped dream of a land extending ´from
the Nile to the Euphrates.´ As far as they´re concerned, the
elections will provide for a transition from sectarian and ethnic
conflict … to brotherhood and national unity.
"But the elections have a different objective in the occupiers´
fantasies. They want, in the guise of popular elections, to impose
their own mercenaries on the people – and most of these mercenaries
are, because of past connections with the Ba´th Party – abject and
docile puppets in the hands of the occupiers. With the assistance of
these mercenaries, the occupiers seek to rid themselves of the
expenses of maintaining a military presence, and to have the Iraqi
people take them on [and pay them] from their oil revenues.
"In this postmodern colonialism, foreign puppets are not appointed
directly by the colonial powers. Rather, the helm of government is
taken over by the puppets through the process of elections in which
the will of the people is superseded and set aside through fraud or
using well-known schemes. There will be a façade of democracy, while
in reality there will be foreigners´ absolute dominance over the fate
of a hapless people.
"Now there are two great dangers looming over the Iraqi elections.
The first is outright fraud and manipulation of the popular vote – a
specialty of the Americans. If by working day and night the Iraqi
elite and the country´s educated and politically active youth are
able to prevent such fraud and succeed in bringing a popular
government into power, then a second danger will appear: the danger
of a military coup and another dictatorship over the destiny of the
"This latter danger can also be forestalled by the vigilance,
timely alertness, and courage of the proud and faithful people of
Iraq and their genuine and venerable leaders. At this critical
historic juncture, whose outcome will affect their destiny for
decades to come, they should make the utmost use of their faith,
courage and solidarity to hold sound country-wide elections fired
with a spirit of enthusiasm and to secure the election results with
all the power they can command.
"The differences between Shi´ite and Sunni, or those among Arabs,
Kurds, and Turkmen, or those arising from any other kind of divisive
grouping, are fostered only by the enemies. Insecurity, which is
always a pretext for the emergence of a dictatorship, is also planned
and promoted by the enemy´s intelligence services. Those who target
Iraqi citizens and academic and political figures with their criminal
assaults are not to be counted among warriors fighting oppressive
occupiers for the sake of Islamic honor and independence.
"Brothers and sisters who have assembled for the Hajj! Muslim
nations and governments! Today, more than ever before, the Islamic
world is in need of solidarity, unity of purpose, and devotion to the
Koran. The potential of the Islamic world for development and for the
restitution of its honor and power are more evident than ever before.
Today, throughout the Islamic world, the elite and the youth aspire
to restore the grandeur and glory of the Islamic Ummah. The
hypocritical slogans of the imperialists have lost their appeal, and
their foul intentions have gradually become revealed to the Islamic
"Yet on the other hand, the world-devourers who entertain hopes of
global dominance are alarmed by the awakening and unity of the
Islamic Ummah. They regard them as an obstacle to their
destructive plots, [an obstacle] that they are striving to overcome.
"Today is the time to foster brotherhood in practice in all
spheres, also as a deterrent against all threats. Today is the time
to work to bring about conditions conducive to the establishment of
the government of Imam Mahdi, may Allah soon bring about his noble
appearance. Today is the time to respond to the divine summons, in
all walks of life. Today is the time to accustom our hearts to the
chant of such Koranic verses as, ´Indeed, the faithful are brethren,´
and ´Do not say to someone who offers you peace, You are not a
believer,´ and the verse, ´Hard against the faithless, merciful
"… We call on all Muslims to unite. This unity is directed neither
against the Christians nor against followers of any other religion or
creed. It is in fact a call to resist aggressors, occupiers, and
warmongers. It is a call for implementing the norms of ethics and
spirituality, for reviving rationality and Islamic justice, for
scientific and economic progress, and for restoring Islamic honor.
"We remind the people of the world that Christians and Jews
enjoyed complete peace and security in the city of Quds under Muslim
rule during the era of the caliphate. But now that Quds and other
territories are under the yoke of the Zionists and the Zionists
Crusaders, shedding the blood of Muslims is not considered an