Khamenei's Speech in English

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    Transcript of Ayatollah Khamenei's Friday Speech,

    Hi, this is NiteOwl again. I was listening to Press TV which is government-run and is based in Iran - their translation and various other TVs from minute to minute as well as translating what I could hear in Persian myself: Some parts were a bit cut off because broadcasting stopped. You'd notice in the timestamping. I am also including the first wave of Iranian reactions to the speech at the bottom.

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    (He first started by praying and speaking about purely religious matters and then got to the real point.)

    [01:26] (Ayatollah Khamanei) Remember god,
    [01:28] (A. K.) Iran has gone through a lot since the revolution
    [01:28] (A. K.) Any of them could have put us in turmoil
    [01:28] (A. K.) Even from our neighbors
    [01:31] (A. K.) (Allah o Akbar)
    [01:33] (A. K.) Our youth are in a materialistic world
    [01:33] (A. K.) In a time of turmoil
    [01:33] (A. K.) They don't know what to do,
    [01:33] (A. K.) They need to understand spirituality,
    [01:34] (A. K.) They need to get back to spirituality,
    [01:34] (A. K.) But they don't know how,
    [01:34] (A. K.) It's been two centuries since the west has destroyed cultures,
    [01:34] (A. K.) But our nation wants to regain that spirituality back.
    [01:34] (A. K.) So that the revolution can be regained.
    [01:36] (A. K.) I swear to the holy Imams,
    [01:36] (A. K.) I ask you O god give us more faith
    [01:36] (A. K.) O God, I ask you to give us a calm and peaceful heart
    [01:37] (A. K.) O god, these oppressed people, give triumph over the enemy.
    [01:37] (A. K.) Protect them,
    [01:37] (A. K.) O god we do everything for you and only for you,
    [01:37] (A. K.) O God take our Salams and greetings to Mahdi (the hidden Imam)
    [01:38] (A. K.) (Praying in Arabic)
    [01:39] (A. K.) I would like to say to our dear brothers and sisters,
    [01:40] (A. K.) I would like to speak about the issue of the election which is the important issue in our country
    [01:40] (A. K.) I have three issues to talk about,
    [01:40] (A. K.) In three different parts
    [01:40] (A. K.) I do have some things to tell the people.
    [01:40] (A. K.) One issue will be for the political members of the politicians,
    [01:41] (A. K.) I would like to also talk to the western countries,
    [01:41] (A. K.) And the leaders of their media
    [01:41] (A. K.) First issue is for the people,
    [01:41] (A. K.) I will only thank you,
    [01:41] (A. K.) I don't like to talk too much,
    [01:41] (A. K.) I don't like to use nice arguments only
    [01:42] (A. K.) Even if I do exaggerate, it won't be enough to say what i have to say,
    [01:42] (A. K.) The elections of June 12 was a fulfillment of the nation's responsibility
    [01:42] (A. K.) It was a proof of participation of the people that was a show of the love towards their system
    [01:43] (A. K.) It is similar but better than the democracies in other countries,
    [01:43] (A. K.) BUT
    [01:43] (A. K.) Those countries don't have a democracy as good as ours.
    [01:43] (A. K.) The constitution of 1988
    [01:44] (A. K.) This is the largest number of people that have taken part in an election in Iran since the founding of the republic
    [01:44] (A. K.) And the passing of the constitution,
    [01:44] (A. K.) I would like to deeply thank you
    [01:45] (A. K.) The youngsters in our country showed especially,
    [01:45] (A. K.) that they are partaking in the political process since the beginning of the revolution.
    [01:46] (A. K.) Now we'll see the same responsibilities from them that we saw during the Iraqi Aggression War
    [01:46] (A. K.) As for elections some people want one person others want someone else
    [01:46] (A. K.) This is natural
    [01:46] (A. K.) We saw everyone, men women, the young and the old,
    [01:47] (A. K.) People participating from all over the country to make this a success,
    [01:47] (A. K.) This election is a political defeat for your enemies,
    [01:47] (A. K.) For your friends all over the world a celebration.
    [01:47] (A. K.) A historic one,
    [01:47] (A. K.) People are showing love and loyalty for their Imam and martyrs
    [01:47] (A. K.) And for the system
    [01:48] (A. K.) This election was a religious democratic event
    [01:48] (A. K.) everyone saw it
    [01:48] (A. K.) It was a showing against the dictators and oppressive regime
    [01:49] (A. K.) And FOR a show of support for the religion and system.
    [01:49] (A. K.) We can see the results of the exams
    [01:49] (A. K.) Also another point about the election
    [01:49] (A. K.) The election of June 12 showed that people with beliefs and hopes and joys is living in this country.
    [01:49] (A. K.) The enemies are using it,
    [01:50] (A. K.) If our young didn't have any hope,
    [01:50] (A. K.) They wouldn't partake in the election
    [01:50] (A. K.) If they didn't feel freedom, they wouldn't vote.
    [01:50] (A. K.) Faith in the system has been shown by the massive participation.
    [01:50] (A. K.) The enemies target the belief and trust of people on that system
    [01:51] (A. K.) This trust is the biggest investment of the Islamic republic
    [01:51] (A. K.) They wanted to take it from us
    [01:51] (A. K.) They want it to shake our trust in this system
    [01:51] (A. K.) The enemies of the people of Iran will succeed when people won't participate.
    [01:51] (A. K.) The system will be questioned.
    [01:51] (A. K.) Only when no one partakes in it.
    [01:52] (A. K.) We couldn't compare that to anything that happens.
    [01:52] (A. K.) The enemy wants to make people believe that they have been fooled
    [01:52] (A. K.) It started 3 months ago.
    [01:53] (A. K.) I have been hearing enemies saying repeatedly that the elections will be fraudulent.
    [01:53] (A. K.) They had been preparing months in advance
    [01:53] (A. K.) This 30 year old system has not come about without sacrifices and hard work.
    [01:53] (A. K.) And people have a firm belief in it.
    [01:54] (A. K.) But the enemies want to shake that very belief.
    [01:54] (A. K.) The third point is,
    [01:54] (A. K.) These rivalries, between different candidates were transparent.
    [01:54] (A. K.) They were clean and clear cut.
    [01:55] (A. K.) And transparent
    [01:55] (A. K.) The enemies are trying through their media - which is controlled by dirty Zionists.
    [01:57] (A. K.) The Zionist, American and British radio are all trying to say that there was a competition between those who support and those who didn't support the state
    [01:57] (A. K.) Everyone supported the state
    [01:58] (A. K.) I know everything about these candidates
    [01:58] (A. K.) I have worked with them.
    [01:58] (A. K.) I know all of them
    [01:58] (A. K.) I don't believe in everything that they say
    [01:58] (A. K.) some of their views and practices can be criticized
    [01:58] (A. K.) I believe that some of them are better in serving the country
    [01:58] (A. K.) BUT the people have to make the choice.
    [01:58] (A. K.) It's not my will
    [01:58] (A. K.) My choice wasn't told to people,
    [01:59] (A. K.) And they were not asked to follow my views either
    [01:59] (A. K.) They decided on their own who to follow
    [01:59] (A. K.) So this is a competition within the state
    [01:59] (A. K.) It is not acceptable to change the appearance of the issue
    [01:59] (A. K.) this is evil if someone does that
    [01:59] (A. K.) there is no fight between people and state
    [01:59] (A. K.) No revolutionaries and anti-revolutionaries
    [01:59] (A. K.) This is between the state parties
    [01:59] (A. K.) people voted for these people with belief in the state
    [02:00] (A. K.) they came to the understanding that will be better for the state
    [02:00] (A. K.) then voted
    [02:00] (A. K.) These competitions and debates were very interesting.
    [02:00] (A. K.) It was very transparent
    [02:00] (A. K.) It was a blow in the face of those who say that this competition is just a formality
    [02:01] (A. K.) Forgetting that the candidates actually sat and talked.
    [02:01] (A. K.) positive aspect of the debates was that during the debate and TV conversation everyone spoke explicitly and openly
    [02:01] (A. K.) saying what they believed
    [02:01] (A. K.) Then some criticized the candidates
    [02:01] (A. K.) They had to respond to the criticism
    [02:01] (A. K.) They began to defend themselves
    [02:02] (A. K.) The positions and stances taken by people and groups were presented without any ambiguity
    [02:02] (A. K.) So people could hear what every candidate had to say
    [02:02] (A. K.) So that people could see all of this
    [02:02] (A. K.) So people could judge them all accordingly
    [02:02] (A. K.) People felt that in the Islamic state, they are not stranger
    [02:02] (A. K.) We don't have US and THEM
    [02:02] (A. K.) Everything was open and transparent before the people
    [02:02] (A. K.) Everything was presented clearly
    [02:03] (A. K.) It became clear that people's vote would rely based on the same judgments
    [02:03] (A. K.) People wanted to make their choices willingly
    [02:03] (A. K.) And according to their own tastes
    [02:03] (A. K.) Thus, the number of votes increased
    [02:03] (A. K.) People were able to have a better understanding of the views of the candidate
    [02:03] (A. K.) they were able to decide better

    (Rest below in the response.)
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    Part 2 of Khamenei's Speech

    [02:03] (A. K.) the debates were even extended to the streets and homes
    [02:03] (A. K.) So this added to the power of choice of the people
    [02:04] (A. K.) Such debates will strengthen the minds
    [02:04] (A. K.) to Help make better choices
    [02:04] (A. K.) BUT
    [02:04] (A. K.) They shouldn't get to a point where they lead to major differences
    [02:04] (A. K.) Otherwise adverse effects follow
    [02:04] (A. K.) It would be good to be kept to the extent to which it existed during campaign
    [02:04] (A. K.) If it leads further, it will cause problems
    [02:05] (A. K.) it will be better to have such debates at the administrative level
    [02:05] (A. K.) We should carry these debates
    [02:05] (A. K.) to the administrative level
    [02:05] (A. K.) They should describe their policies
    [02:05] (A. K.) Defend themselves against criticism
    [02:05] (A. K.) People will have a chance to do that,
    [02:05] (A. K.) But we should try to overcome the negative aspects
    [02:06] (A. K.) Criticisms will be heard during the four years of a president's term
    [02:06] (A. K.) We should try to address the negative aspects
    [02:06] (A. K.) We could see that people became irrational and emotional sometimes.
    [02:06] (A. K.) They tried to destroy the other side sometimes
    [02:07] (A. K.) Even we saw that the practice of the past was being questioned.
    [02:07] (A. K.) rumors were mentioned
    [02:07] (A. K.) accusations were leveled
    [02:07] (A. K.) Some statements made were not fair
    [02:07] (A. K.) government and governments of the past were criticized in an unfair manner
    [02:07] (A. K.) the entire 30 years were criticized unfairly
    [02:07] (A. K.) people became emotional
    [02:07] (A. K.) they said some unpleasant and unacceptable things
    [02:07] (A. K.) I watched the debates on TV
    [02:08] (A. K.) I enjoyed freedom of speech
    [02:08] (A. K.) i was happy that Islamic republic was there to help people make this choice
    [02:08] (A. K.) YET
    [02:08] (A. K.) the negative aspects made me unhappy
    [02:08] (A. K.) for their supporters this was also not good and they were disturbed by the unfair criticism
    [02:08] (A. K.) We saw this on both sides
    [02:09] (A. K.) In this Friday prayer sermon
    [02:09] (A. K.) I should mention of the realities of both sides
    [02:09] (A. K.) both sides can be criticized for such negative aspects of behavior
    [02:09] (A. K.) ON the one side, the president was insulted,
    [02:09] (A. K.) EVEN BEFORE the debates, 2, 3 months ago,
    [02:09] (A. K.) I used to see insulting statements against him,
    [02:09] (A. K.) Accusations were leveled against the president
    [02:09] (A. K.) against the legal president
    [02:09] (A. K.) he was wrongly accused
    [02:10] (A. K.) the president who is trusted by people was accused of lying
    [02:10] (A. K.) Are these good?
    [02:10] (A. K.) Fake records were made and then distributed around the country
    [02:10] (A. K.) we were aware of the situation
    [02:10] (A. K.) we knew what was published was not true
    [02:10] (A. K.) they insulted the president
    [02:10] (A. K.) said he was superstitious
    [02:10] (A. K.) they falsely accused the president by such words
    [02:10] (A. K.) so they trampled over ethics and fairness [02:10] (A. K.) on the other hand,
    [02:11] (A. K.) Similar things were done against the outstanding record of the Islamic Republic
    [02:11] (A. K.) Some important figures of the state were mentioned
    [02:11] (A. K.) People who have spent their lives for the state
    [02:11] (A. K.) I have never have mentioned names during prayers on Friday before but I have to now
    [02:11] (A. K.) Rafsanjani and Nateq Noori's names have been mentioned
    [02:11] (A. K.) These gentlemen have not been accused of financial misdoings
    [02:12] (A. K.) But their relatives.
    [02:12] (A. K.) If you have anything against them, prove them legally through the courts
    [02:12] (A. K.) Unless it is proven, no one can be accused.
    [02:13] (A. K.) I have known Rafsanjani for a long time
    [02:13] (A. K.) he is one of the most prominent members of this revolution
    [02:13] (A. K.) he was one of the major fighters before the revolution
    [02:13] (A. K.) after the victory,
    [02:13] (A. K.) he was one the most influential members of the Islamic state
    [02:13] (A. K.) still is
    [02:13] (A. K.) he walked with the Imam
    [02:13] (A. K.) Still walking with him
    [02:13] (A. K.) he was almost martyred several times
    [02:14] (A. K.) he spent all his money on the revolution,
    [02:14] (A. K.) they young people should know about this fact
    [02:14] (A. K.) he has had many responsibilities now
    [02:14] (A. K.) president, leader of parliament
    [02:14] (A. K.) he has not made money out of the revolution for himself.
    [02:16] (A. K.) Same with Mr. Nateq Noori
    [02:16] (A. K.) he has also served this revolution
    [02:16] (A. K.) He has rendered great services
    [02:16] (A. K.) there is no doubt about it
    [02:17] (A. K.) but the live TV debates are good
    [02:17] (A. K.) but these shortcomings should be removed
    [02:17] (A. K.) after the debates I talked to the president and warned him
    [02:17] (A. K.) he said he will listen to me.
    [02:17] (A. K.) the admin has a clear stance on corruption
    [02:17] (A. K.) It should be fought anywhere it is found
    [02:18] (A. K.) Yes there is corruption within our system.
    [02:18] (A. K.) YES there are people who are corrupt.
    [02:18] (A. K.) But at the same time,
    [02:18] (A. K.) It is one of the one of the healthiest system in the world as well
    [02:19] (A. K.) but then accusing the government of corruption because of Zionist reports is not the right thing
    [02:19] (A. K.) questioning the credibility of the government is not corrects either.
    [02:19] (A. K.) Everyone is obliged to fight corruption.
    [02:19] (A. K.) If it is not brought under control, it will spread like it has in some western countries
    [02:19] (A. K.) They are up to their ears in this corruption
    [02:20] (A. K.) this is part of their scandal
    [02:20] (A. K.) it goes way beyond than it is publicized
    [02:20] (A. K.) Let me talk to people
    [02:20] (A. K.) To make this absolute victory a failure,
    [02:20] (A. K.) is some people's goal
    [02:20] (A. K.) To not let you enjoy
    [02:20] (A. K.) to not let the world register the highest rate of turn out
    [02:20] (A. K.) but it has been registered
    [02:21] (A. K.) The highest rate of turn out has been registered in your name
    [02:21] (A. K.) The race has ended
    [02:21] (A. K.) whoever has voted for these candidates will receive divine reward.
    [02:21] (A. K.) they all belong to the state
    [02:21] (A. K.) they have gotten closer to god by voting, they have
    [02:22] (A. K.) there were 40 million votes for the revolution,
    [02:22] (A. K.) not just 24 million for the winner
    [02:22] (A. K.) The people have trust
    [02:22] (A. K.) Their votes will not go in vain by the people.
    [02:22] (A. K.) The legal mechanism in our country won't allow any cheating.
    [02:23] (A. K.) Those are involved in the election process are aware of this fact
    [02:23] (A. K.) Especially if there is an 11 million votes difference
    [02:23] (A. K.) If it were little than that, we would say there's doubts,
    [02:23] (A. K.) but how can 11 million votes be replaced or changed?
    [02:23] (A. K.) At the same time
    [02:24] (A. K.) I said this and the guardian council believes that whoever has doubts can present proof to the legal channels.
    [02:24] (A. K.) I will not accept any illegal initiative.
    [02:24] * A. K. is now known as A. K.
    [02:24] (A. K.) Today,
    [02:24] (A. K.) If the laws are broken today,
    [02:24] (A. K.) No election will be immune in the future
    [02:25] (A. K.) in every election,
    [02:25] (A. K.) there are losers and winners
    [02:25] (A. K.) no other election will ever be trusted if you take other avenues.
    [02:25] (A. K.) thus, all legal procedures should be observed
    [02:25] (A. K.) If there are any doubts, the issue should be followed by legal procedures
    [02:25] (A. K.) we have laws
    [02:25] (A. K.) the candidate's representatives had the right to inspect the ballot stations
    [02:26] (A. K.) And to make complaints
    [02:26] (A. K.) through the legal procedure
    [02:26] (A. K.) If they have doubt, it should be recounted - the individual ballot boxes.
    [02:26] (A. K.) Today is a very sensitive moment in our country
    [02:26] (A. K.) look at the Middle East
    [02:26] (A. K.) look at the economic situation in the world
    [02:26] (A. K.) look at Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
    [02:27] (A. K.) VERY sensitive juncture in history, we are in.
    [02:27] (A. K.) we should be careful to not make mistakes
    [02:27] (A. K.) the voters' duty was to take part in the elections in the best possible manner
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    Part 3 of Khamenei's Speech

    [02:27] (A. K.) but we have a bigger responsibility
    [02:28] (A. K.) political party leaders should be very careful about what they say and do
    [02:28] (A. K.) if they do anything extremist, their radical moves will moves will take them to where it won't be solvable
    [02:28] (A. K.) we've seen this happen before
    [02:28] (A. K.) when extremism is forced upon a society, it leads to another one
    [02:28] (A. K.) if political elite want to fix someone at the cost of another thing
    [02:29] (A. K.) to BREAK the law
    [02:29] (A. K.) they would be responsible for the bloodshed
    [02:29] (A. K.) And any form of unrest
    [02:29] (A. K.) I would like to advise all these gentlemen,
    [02:29] (A. K.) All my brothers and friends
    [02:29] (A. K.) Just observe the hands of the enemy
    [02:29] (A. K.) They are hungry wolves
    [02:30] (A. K.) ambushing and removing the diplomacy cover from their faces
    [02:30] (A. K.) Don't underestimate them.
    [02:30] (A. K.) I will tell you,
    [02:30] (A. K.) diplomats of other countries in the past few days have taken away their masks and showing their true image
    [02:30] (A. K.) The most evil of them all is the British Government.
    [02:31] (A. K.) I should tell these brothers,
    [02:31] (A. K.) you are responsible before god
    [02:31] (A. K.) you will be asked questions
    [02:31] (A. K.) remember the last will and testament of the late imam
    [02:31] (A. K.) the law determines what should be done
    [02:31] (A. K.) elections are held so that any difference should be settled at the ballot box
    [02:31] (A. K.) it should become clear there.
    [02:31] (A. K.) what people want and what they don't want
    [02:32] (A. K.) not on the streets
    [02:32] (A. K.) if after every election those who haven't gotten votes start to have street camps and invite their followers to come to the streets,
    [02:32] (A. K.) And the winners' followers take their followers to the streets,
    [02:32] (A. K.) Then why did we hold elections to begin with?
    [02:33] (A. K.) what have the people done wrong?
    [02:33] (A. K.) They live on these streets
    [02:33] (A. K.) That we want to show them we can do such things
    [02:33] (A. K.) For terrorists it is different
    [02:33] (A. K.) infiltrating terrorist will hide behind these people.
    [02:34] (A. K.) if you make covers for them, then who's responsible?
    [02:34] (A. K.) people have been killed from ordinary people and the Baseej
    [02:34] (A. K.) Who's responsible?
    [02:34] (A. K.) The issues is that some people have killed Baseeji forces and killed other people,
    [02:34] (A. K.) who should address this issue?
    [02:34] (A. K.) Who should react?
    [02:34] (A. K.) attack at universities,
    [02:34] (A. K.) Good students were beaten up
    [02:34] (A. K.) not the ones who were involved in riots.
    [02:35] (A. K.) then they chant slogans of supporting the leader.
    [02:35] (A. K.) Then you become unhappy and your heart is hurt to see all this.
    [02:35] (A. K.) street wrestling is not acceptable after the elections
    [02:35] (A. K.) this is challenging democracy and election
    [02:35] (A. K.) I want both sides to put an end to this
    [02:36] (A. K.) then the responsibility of the consequences should be shouldered by those who aren't putting an end to it.
    [02:36] (A. K.) by thinking that by turning out onto the streets that you can pressure the officials your demands is wrong.
    [02:37] (A. K.) first of all.
    [02:37] (A. K.) it will not be acceptable to submit to illegal demands
    [02:37] (A. K.) this would be the start of dictatorship.
    [02:37] (A. K.) This is a miscalculation,
    [02:38] (A. K.) If there are any consequences, they would directly affect the leaders behind the scene
    [02:38] (A. K.) the people would know them in due time as well.
    [02:38] (A. K.) I call on all these dear friends, brothers and sister to observe the law
    [02:38] (A. K.) to follow the legal code
    [02:38] (A. K.) the law welcomes you
    [02:38] (A. K.) legal channels are there for you
    [02:39] (A. K.) i hope that almighty god will help us all to follow the legal channels.
    [02:39] (A. K.) don't allow the enemies to destroy and ruin the celebration of our elections.
    [02:39] (A. K.) If there are people who choose other paths, I will come and talk to people even more exclusively.
    [02:40] (A. K.) now, third
    [02:40] (A. K.) I want to talk to the media leaders and leaders
    [02:40] (A. K.) I have witnessed the statements of American and EU countries' leaders and listening to them.
    [02:40] (A. K.) I have monitored their actions and reactions in the past few weeks,
    [02:40] (A. K.) Before and after the elections,
    [02:40] (A. K.) Their behavior was different
    [02:41] (A. K.) First, before the elections, their media orientation and their statements made was they wanted to
    Cast out the hearts of the people a feeling that the election was useless to cut the turn out,
    [02:41] (A. K.) They could guess the results,
    [02:41] (A. K.) but they never expected 85%
    [02:41] (A. K.) 40 million voted
    [02:41] (A. K.) they never believed this
    [02:41] (A. K.) after they witnessed this, they were shocked
    [02:42] (A. K.) they learned what a great development in Iran has taken place
    [02:42] (A. K.) they found out they had to adjust themselves to this new situation
    [02:42] (A. K.) to the Middle East, Iran and the world
    [02:42] (A. K.) they learned that a new chapter has opened in connection related to the Islamic Republic.
    [02:42] (A. K.) This great turn out was observed
    [02:42] (A. K.) they reported it time and again
    [02:42] (A. K.) they were all surprised since Friday morning
    [02:43] (A. K.) some of the reactions and feedback to these correspondents were also noticed
    [02:43] (A. K.) when they saw objections by some candidates, they saw an opportunity
    [02:43] (A. K.) they used it from Saturday to Sunday
    [02:43] (A. K.) their tone changed
    [02:43] (A. K.) they slowly saw these protests
    [02:43] (A. K.) which were held by the invitation of the candidate
    [02:43] (A. K.) they became hopeful
    [02:43] (A. K.) their masks were removed
    [02:43] (A. K.) they saw a way
    [02:43] (A. K.) they revealed their true nature
    [02:44] (A. K.) a number of heads of states and other leaders of EU and America made statements that clarified the true nature of those leaders.
    [02:44] (A. K.) it was said on behalf of the US president that he was waiting for a day that people came out to streets.
    [02:44] (A. K.) Inside the country
    [02:44] (A. K.) their agents started their action
    [02:45] (A. K.) they started to cause riots in the street
    [02:45] (A. K.) they caused destruction
    [02:45] (A. K.) burnt houses,
    [02:45] (A. K.) theft and insecurity prevailed.
    [02:45] (A. K.) the people felt unsafe and insecure
    [02:45] (A. K.) this has nothing to do with supporters of the candidate
    [02:45] (A. K.) this is the servants of the westerners
    [02:45] (A. K.) Zionist agents and their servants.
    [02:46] (A. K.) What was clumsily done inside Iran by some, made them greedy
    [02:46] (A. K.) they thought that Iran is Georgia.
    [02:46] (A. K.) An American Zionist capitalist some time ago claimed that he had spent ten million dollars and created velvet revolution in Georgia
    [02:47] (A. K.) They are comparing the Islamic Republic with GEORGIA!?
    [02:47] (A. K.) What do you think we are?
    [02:47] (A. K.) You don't understand us.
    [02:47] (A. K.) What are you talking about?
    [02:48] (A. K.) what is the worst thing to me in all this
    [02:48] (A. K.) are comments made in the name of human rights
    [02:48] (A. K.) and freedom and liberty
    [02:48] (A. K.) made by American officials
    [02:48] (A. K.) they said that we are worried about Iranian nations
    [02:48] (A. K.) WHAT? Are you serious?
    [02:48] (A. K.) Do you KNOW what human rights are?!
    [02:48] (A. K.) Who did that in Afghanistan?
    [02:48] (A. K.) The wars and bloodshed
    [02:48] (A. K.) Who is crushing Iraq under its soldier's boots?
    [02:48] (A. K.) in Palestine?
    [02:48] (A. K.) Who supported the Zionists?
    [02:49] (A. K.) even inside America
    [02:49] (A. K.) During the time of the democrats
    [02:49] (A. K.) Time of Clinton
    [02:49] (A. K.) 80 people were burned alive in Waco?
    [02:50] (A. K.) Now you are talking about human rights?
    [02:50] (A. K.) Well,
    [02:50] (A. K.) I believe that the officials of America and EU should feel some embarrassment
    [02:50] (A. K.) shouldn't say anything like that
    [02:50] (A. K.) Islamic republic supports oppressed people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
    [02:50] (A. K.) we support all those who are oppressed
    [02:51] (A. K.) we are supporting the flag of human rights
    [02:51] (A. K.) flag of humans is raised in this country by Islam
    [02:51] (A. K.) we don't need advice about human rights
    [02:51] (A. K.) My speech about the election is over.
    [02:51] (A. K.) (VERY ABRUPTLY!)
  4. NiteOwl Member

    Part 4 of Khamenei's Speech (Twitter responses to Speech from Iran)

    === Responses from my Iranian twitter sources ===

    In respect to your age I say with resepect, Mr Khamenei you have lost your authority the ppl will keep demanding freedom.

    I imagine US is relieved to find poor old England is the Big Satan now. They can't even control their own ppl let alone Iran

    Unlike your revolution Mr Khamenei, this movement is not "Made in Britain', it is entirely Iranian.

    Kamenei's speech was so full of old rhetoric that it is meaningless. This is new era,Change is blowing through the old regime.

    the cracks in the regime are opening out in front of us, the Iranian ppl will not not just obay anymore.

    This movement is not about left or right, the ppl on the streets are ordinary ppl wanting to be free.

    Comes the day when good men have to stand up and be counted in front of the tyrant.

    Khamenei the election was not fair. Look at faces of mullahs at Friday Prayer, they knew this was a mistake.

    I should look into TweetDeck

    The ppl of Iran will force you to accept demands, you cannot stop The Sea of Green Khameni.

    Bagher Moin on BBC, some protestors will look to Mousavi and Karoubi to see how far they are prepered to go

    We cannot be traced so you can RT using this name. Leyne of BBC says crowd FP very hostile to BBC.

    From today it gets very dangerous, the crackdown has been ordered. But put your faith in ppl of iran, with courage we can win

    The big question today is will Mousavi and Karoubi have the courage to lead the ppl again to demand justice

    As far as I am hearing tomorrow protest still on Enghelab sq 4pm. They cannot kill 2 million

    How can Khamenei keep straight face and say street protess cannot force regime to give in? Isn't that how they did it in 79

    Khameni ir irrelavant, has already changed his mind twice. Rafsanjani with Ass Experts working to impeach him.
  5. How much longer are the people of Iran going to keep letting the Mullahs get away with blaming everything wrong in their country on the West?
  6. sina12345 Member

    These clerics know that the Iranian people have a hate for the West, after all, america did **** iran over during the 50s and throughout the last 30 years.
    But this is purely Iranian, and these clerics are taking advantage of the peoples' feelings and blaming this on the West. This has nothing to do with america, and they can't continously trick people in thinking it does.

    The Iranian people will revolt, and change is coming.

    PS. I watched the speech on Iranian TV, Khameni is a very weak spokemen, along with being a total bullshitter and hypocrit.
  7. Fuck you, Khamenei.

    Even if you succeed, just remember that pursuing the same path as North Korea requires that you have nukes; which you don't.
  8. ..haha, Ayatolla Assahola doesn't even know a god damn thing about Waco does he? There is a huge difference between ATF agents trying to rescue some abused kids from their Cult parents, and 20 government agents were killed as well.
    This is about militia killing peaceful unarmed protestors, don't bring the US taking down HEAVILY ARMED CULTISTS who believed their leader was Christ reborn into this :p
  9. skollie-IRAN Member

  10. We know the old guard in the U.S. totally screwed Iran...but that was so long ago...many of us were not even alive. We want something new now, not the old hostilities that the OLD MEN created, the OLD MEN need to DIAF and go away...stop making troubles for the world. I think this site with people from all over the world joining together to help the people of Iran proves that most of us want the hostilities to stop. We want the people of Iran to have a choice in life, choice of religion, choice of EVERYTHING, including their leader...and where there is suppression there is no choice! That is why we are helping Iran. I have so many beautiful Iranian friends and it breaks my heart that they love their country and can never go back...without risk of death.

    I hope the people of Iran can finally see now that they have been tricked, as Americans have been tricked into thinking Iranians only want to kill us. When we bypass the governments and meet each other in time of crisis we can see each other in a better way!

    Please tell the Iranian people that right now they are winning!!! And not to back down!

    OLD MEN telling young people how to live their lives, controlling every aspect, telling them who to hate, when to die...that is just wrong...anywhere this happens in the world, it is wrong!

    As the people of New Hampshire say (their state motto) LIVE FREE OR DIE!
  11. yes we know he is lying, but the people who are hearing his speech do not know he is lying and right now they have no way to find out...can they google it? Probably not...perhaps linking some articles here...conspiracy whackos aside...things went wrong in Waco, but it was certainly NOT about freedom of religion...
  12. The Iranian people can see right through him. He seems to believe Iranians are foolish and easily tricked. The protests have zero to do with the West and Khamenei's shell game can't deter the fact that change is in the air.
  13. I have been convinced 100% by the speech delivered by the Supreme Leader .The result is now clear ,the protesters are hooligans and thugs and we should all support elected President Ahmadinejad .It is truth that American government murdered it's people at Waco .
  14. In Short

    Khamenei : "Nothing to see here! Don't look behind the curtain. The roses smell wonderful. Jews and world media are riding in ufos and are planning to sow discontent in our glorious land."
  15. If Kockamamie didn't have as much power as he did, he would be a visitor of Art Bell's Coast to Coast, or Alex Jone's Infowars as "one of those tinfoil hat wearers"
  16. Ok so let me see. This is how its gone so far.

    First he blames the US. Obama admits that the violence is disturbing but that the US will not meddle as it is an issue for the people of Iran to decide

    Next he blames Isreal. It becomes clear that the Isrealies were hoping he would win from the start

    Now he moves on to blaming Great Britan. Anyone guesses as to how this one is going to turn out?
  17. They just keep blaming other nations non stop. Nothing on any problems on his end.

    Always attack never defend? Boy that sounds familiar.
  18. e-k-freedom Member


    The guy needs his brain examined!!! Out with the old in with the Khamenei!! The old way has lost and you want to blame it on the west? a crock of shit.Your own people are against you and your regime...and he blames it on the west. Give it up old man your done!These young people know ur a fuked up individual and a TYRANT! the Devil sir will be waiting on your ass and that p.o.s. Ahmedinajhad. God this god that!?!? Rot In Hell!!!!!!!!!!!
  19. skollie-IRAN Member

    Exactly! It appears that many dictators like to blame the West when their corruption is exposed. Robert Mugabe has been doing it for years.
  20. dr3k-IRAN Member

    This is EXACTLY what I said would happen. He'd blame the Western countries, denounce the way the rest of the world lives except for HIS way of life and tell everyone they should live like the Amish. It is true that many Iranians want to live in a world of spirituality but in New York City where I live, Iranians and Muslims of ALL kinds live however the fuck they want. I often eat in a buffet owned by a man who is a Shiite and his brother is cousin is a Suni, they serve mostly Ha'al food and some "western decadent" things like Pizza. They've been talking about this thing in Iran none-stop for the last four days I've been there for dinner.

    What do these two completely opposite relatives think? They think that the only way for Iran to be free, is for free to understand diversity in opinion, religious and otherwise. His cousin and him don't always get along and they never see eye-to-eye on religious topics but they respect the beliefs of each other and leave it at that.
  21. I'm glad to see people aren't buying his bullshit. As someone who spent the last few years or so studying social movements and collective behavior, let me tell you that the absolute ONLY way to successfully challenge the system is through what Khamenei is calling "illegal" means. No movement in the history of the world has EVER been successful by following the rules. In fact, that's one of the main ideas of social movement theory (change can only come about through unconventional means like protests).

    What this means for Iranians: never give up (duh), but more importantly, make sure the officials who are on your side don't cave in to Khamenei's pressure. Because they have been involved in the system more extensively than normal civilians, they are more susceptible to believing change comes through conventional means. You have to make sure there are still peaceful protests and demonstrations because this is one of the very few (but very powerful) weapons you have as people--as democracy.

    From America: Good luck, and I love you all.
  22. Cypherninja Member

    Thank you for posting this on here. It was a little confusing, but I read some parts. I don't like how he is blaming governments, but I hope the protests continue. They are starting to get to the government.
  23. [01:34] (A. K.) It's been two centuries since the west has destroyed cultures,
    [01:34] (A. K.) But our nation wants to regain that spirituality back.

    Two centuries ago the "west" was a handful of farmers huddling on the atlantic coast, and they were about as religious as it gets. Unless by the west he means anything west of Iran.

    I read nothing surprising in his speech. Hes a dictator, and the Iranian people are nothing more than serfs to him. He wants to keep Iranians uninformed. He wants to narrow thier entire world to the borders of Iran. He wants to eliminate all options for them other than shutting up and doing what they are told.

    He will use equal parts religious fervor and violence to achieve this state of obesience. I truly feel sorry for the Iranian people. Thier only options are oppressive subservience to a dictator or bloody revolution. A terrible menu of options.
  24. Runa Member

    His speech was great (from a revolutionay perspective).

    Basically, because what he said probably allienated those who participated in the protests. They know they're not zionist agents o whatever, so they understand now Khamenei's scheaming. They will not back down now because the govt. will haunt them down. So they will prolly keep on protesting, and the regime will send their Basijs and even perhaps the military to curb them. Fearing for the lives, the students who days ago defended themselves with stones will use other more violent means. Opposition to the regime will grow more organized. Clashes will issue. Uninvolved Iranian Joe Doe will not like one bit what the govt. is doing to the students and will take sides.

    If anything, Khamenei's confrontational speech will only drive the country into a wreck. Vitriolic speeches from leaders always do. I've seen it happen with my own eyes.
  25. به زبان مادری ام مینویسم آیت الله خامنه ای مادرت را گاییدم که انقدر بیشعور و جاکش و کس کش و کونی مونی هستی

    آخه زن جنده تو به جز شیره کشیدن مگه چیز دیگه ای هم سرت میشه که از دموکراسی حرف میزنی

    کیر ولی عصر تو کس اول و آخرت
  26. anon123-IRAN Member

    Speech was bs.

    Its time we show him what real spirituality and compassion is.
  27. tonethetiger Member


    Remember that in 1776 13 provinces of a monarchy revolted against an oppressive regime, liberty or death, and that same united states administered equal rights to people regardless of race, religion or gender. That same united states has championed democracy on a global scale to this very moment.

    Calling the US the west is like comparing China to Iran. Or India to Africa.

    There is no border or boundary to freedom and democracy. It is as boundless as the spirit in your heart to want the best for your fellow human being, and to be heard in wanting so.

    The "west" may not fully understand the complex system of belief that is Islam, but we know when we are being kept under control form an oppressive regime. And this Ayatollah, for all his religious education, knows so little of the meaning of democracy that he tries to call religious oppression freedom. What is really beautiful about religion is having the faith that even if given the choice to behave in any way possible, you choose to do what is right for your fellow man. In Iran's demonstrations, any Basej who fires on his fellow citizen is a traitor. And any Imam who supports controlled and cherry picked elections is a czar. Our prayers are with you, people of Iran...
  28. اینها رو لطفا ترجمه کنید تا این خارجی ها بدونند گردانندگان پلید این کشور چه طرز فکر بی شرمانه ای نسبت به این خارجی ها دارند

    تا این خارجی ها میان از مردم ایران حمایت کنند میشن دشمن ایران
    خامنه ای بقیه دار و دسته اش هم فقط تهمت میزنند فلان کشور دشمن ماست

    اگر بخواهیم اینطور فکر کنیم ما تو این دنیا تنها هستیم پس بیایین یک دیوار حائل دور تا دور کشور بکشیم که سر به فلک بکشه تا هیچ گزندی به ما نرسه

    خامنه ای بیشعور عقب مونده معتاد تمام تجهیزات و مایحتاج ضروری این کشور از همین کشورهایی وارد میشه که تو دشمن خطابشون میکنی
    والله وقتی روی یک پیچ گوشتی رو نگاه میکنی زده
    made in china

    چند ماه پیش یه سیاه پوست سوار ماشینم کردم صحبت رو خودش باز کرد با این جمله
    "چقدر شما ایرانی ها بد بخت هستید"

    "چرا تو کشور شما آخوندها درس میخونند پول میگیرند هیچ جای دنیا اینطور نیست"

    "توی گامبیا بهترین ماشینها رو سوار میشیم ازران تر از ماشین های شما"

    "بهترین کمکها رو میگیریم از همین کشورهایی که شما اونها رو دشمن خودتون خطاب میکنید"

    تازه میگفت
    "نفت نداریم صنعت نداریم معدن نداریم هیچی نداریم ولی وضع زندگیمون از شما بهتر هست"

    آیا ایرانی انقدر به خاطر این دین مضحک باید سر شکسته بشه که هنگامی 7 نفر از هم میهنان ما بوسیله این بسیجی های حرومزاده کشته شدن
    صدا و سیما بیاد دریم رام رام پخش کنه؟؟؟

    خمینی مادرت رو گاییدم
  29. There is an old Chinese adage that goes like this: "My virtues are my own, and my faults are because of how I was raised. How foolish is this?"

    This is how I view the Middle East. Everything good that becomes of a Middle Eastern country is because they are awesome and they did it all by themselves. And anything bad that happens to them is because of America and England. How convenient. How foolish is this?
  30. Haha - khob keyf kardam! haha Affarin
  31. skollie-IRAN Member

    Google did an awful job with that translation!
  32. Where can I lissten to Khamenei?
  33. VeritasPyre Member


    You're either forgetting or unaware of one very important fact. Iran was once referred to as Persia. With a history spanning millenium, it is arguably one of the oldest cultures in the world.

    As stated previously, the United States and Britain created a situation that caused Iranians to shift policy on who they the people of Iran can trust in government as a functioning government. As an example, people look to government to provide for them, now whether or not they trust the government is up to an individual, if people as a whole did not trust a government then that government would either fall, or become dictatorial.

    Iran is not a dictatorship it is a theocracy, a theocracy designed to protect a many millenniums old culture that is rapidly changing as cultures do. The reason behind choosing a theocracy as it exists is because Iran is predominantly Muslim. So when the people truly did feel that their secular government failed them, they the people looked towards what intrinsically unites them as a people 1.) Being Iranian, 2.) Belief in God/Allah through Islam.

    Arguably this is no different than (and I apologize to any Muslims/Iranians who are reading this are offended) the Christian Right existing in my Nation the United States, and say was for theoretical purposes a majority instead of being found mainly in the heartland, and "Bible Belt(s)", and found the election of Obama and his liberal stance just as wrong as the Shah's policies and revolted in kind. Rallying on what united them. Their faith in God. (and what they think is white, (being of mainly Irish decent I'd be in a shit load of trouble.) Particularly faith through Christian Christianity. * Noting differences between Eastern/Geeek Orthodox, Roman Catholicism, Baptism to name a few.

    This is what the people of Iran turned to in trust to protect them, because it united them. But as power does it corrupts the USA is not immune. This trust has functioned for thirty years. Even if this revolt continues it does not mean the end of the Ayatollahs only perhaps the end to the reigning Ayatollah.

    When the United States existed as a colony and after formation into a country, it was illegal to be of a different faith than say Baptist while living in Georgia, an illegal to be anything but Presbyterian while in New Jersey. I am fuzzy on my specifics to this aspect of our history so don't quote me on those two particular specifics. Only one Colony/ then state applied freedom of religion. That was Pennsylvania.

    So to decry the system in Iran as falling apart is inaccurate, the people have meerley shown discontent with a newly elected official which is no different than what happened with Bush in ideology. The cultures and systems of government being different provide the circumstances that precipitated the need to rally in such away.

    Also as to the women's rights issues. This is because of corruption, and male egotism. The Quran states in it's pages more rights to women, than the ideologies of Christianity do. While in our country (USA) 100 yrs ago, women had no rights to property land or money. The eldest male heir did onc ethe father died. In Muslim dominated nations (where corruption has not taken place) the Quran explicitly states women own the right to own property, money, engage in business, and propose marriage. Our women did not have the right to vote based on Christian ideals until barely 60 some yrs ago.

    The views of this "revolution" as perceived of by the west many of whom are not even remotely familiar with Islam or even eastern thought is horribly skewed and once it is over many in the west will be more aghast at the end result than they are expecting the outcome to be.
  34. I support these protests.

    But, i truly fear for those protesters. At any moment, this man is willing to unleash the Basij and the IRG, that will not be a good thing.
  35. VeritasPyre Member

  36. Don't you mean "Live Free or Die HARD! With a Vengeance!"
  37. PersiaBeFree Member

    Re the speech: Good lord what a colossal load of bullshit you Iranians are laboring under.
  38. It does NOT matter who finance Persian bay and others...what is important for us
    is that people of Iran (The majority of Iranian) are intended for change and having democracy...this is what we see in the pictures and videos...

    It does NOT matter whether or not US and Western allies have or have not interfered in this

    What is important is the path that people of Iran are pursuing to have their basic rights for democracy freedom and dignity ....that is independant from
    any internal or external interference!
  39. this theocracy is Islamic but Iran's original and traditional religion is Zoroastrianism. the theocratic government's aim is to overshadow Iranians' sense of nationalism and they have said for countless times that we are muslims and then Iranians. they are against Iranian traditon and culture 'cause they are representing Arab invaders who conquered Iran and brought Islam to this country around a thousand years ago.

    you really should learn more about Iranian nationalism and how much they hate Arabs. majority of Iranians today are not as firm believers in Islam as they were 30 years ago. they don't care much about religion anymore but they still have the same strong feelings towards their country and its glorious past(before Islam).

    agian you need to take a closer look at the people on the streets of Iran today. they're not just protesting against election fraud. you will find plenty of people among protesters who didn't even vote in friday's elections, people who don't blieve in the Islamic republic, even former Islamic government officials who want not just reform but overthrowing of the whole system. if they don't shout about it that's because they know that expressing anything about it will lead to inevitable sentence of death without question according to current laws (without trial in most cases).

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