Jan 31 2009
‘Revolution alive after 30 years,’ Ahmadinejad says at Islamic Revolution anniversary celebration at Khomeini’s grave. I wonder if his new best friend, Obama, was celebrating too?
Dudi Cohen and AFP Israel News
Iran celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution on Saturday. Various Iranian leaders visited the grave of Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, the leader of the revolution and usurper of the US-backed Shah.
“The revolution is lively and alive after 30 years,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony marking the event. “We are still at the beginning of the path and greater changes are ahead. This thunderous revolution will continue until justice is implemented.
“Although the Islamic revolution happened in Iran it is not limited to Iranian borders,” he added. Crowds chanted “Death to America! Death to Israel!” at the ceremony at Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran also attended by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, government ministers and military commanders.
The ceremony was once again rife with anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment, and various speakers stressed Iran’s support for the Palestinian people. Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the “Gazans and Hizbullah were able to defeat the army of the Zionist regime because of the effective influence of Iran.”
The revolutionary leader’s grandson Hassan Khomeini said, “Because of Islam we saw victory in Gaza and Lebanon. Iranians are proud because Khomeini was the flag bearer of this Islamic awakening worldwide.”
An interesting look back at the overthrow of the Shah and what was once the most modern state in the Islamic world.
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