Sunday, February 25, 2007

Mehr News: "Ahmadinejad advises U.S. officials to stop tarnishing the image of Americans"

Friendly advice from Uncle Mahmoud:
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has advised U.S. officials to avoid making more mistakes in the Middle East which tarnish the image of Americans.

The bullying and hegemonic powers are seeking to prevent the establishment of peace based on justice and spirituality, Ahmadinejad told the members of a religious delegation from the United States at a meeting here on Sunday.

“Today, we need to struggle for the realization of justice, but only pious and self-disciplined people can walk on this path,” he added.

The multi-denominational Christian delegation came to Iran to meet religious and political figures and the Iranian people in order to build bridges of peace and security between Iran and the U.S.

The delegation was led by the Mennonites and Quakers but included members of many Christian denominations of the United States.

Ahmadinejad called all divine religions, especially Islam, religions of peace, friendship, and brotherhood.

“The prophets of God struggled and endured hardships to establish theism, justice, and peace. Today we should also continue on their path and make efforts to promote peace and compassion,” the president added.

As Jesus Christ (PBUH) never abandoned his mission despite incredible hardships, his followers should not remain mum over the massacre and displacement of millions of innocent people by selfish and hegemonic powers, he stated.

He went on to say that the Iranian nation bears no animosity toward the American people, adding, “We believe that all people should be respected and that they can make efforts to promote world peace and justice based on their affinities and respect for human dignity.”

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran gave U.S. officials the chance to make up for their mistakes in regard to the Iranian nation, but they continued their mistakes by hatching various plots against Iran, assassinating political figures, supporting Saddam Hussein, and imposing sanctions, he said.
The goal of the hostage-taking was purely educational.
He warned U.S. officials to avoid making more mistakes in the Middle East because they are tarnishing the image of the American people in the region, especially through the Iraq issue.

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