Wednesday, July 25, 2007

IRNA: "Entire affairs of nation must be run based on people's will - Khatami"

The double-talk in these articles is fascinating:
Former IRI President, Mohammad Khatami said here in his hometown Wednesday entire affairs of this nation must be run based on this nation's will.

Speaking on blessed birth anniversary of the 9th Infallible Shi'a Imam Javad (PBUH), Khatami said, "Proper informing of people is among the most important teachings of Islam."

He added, "The entire people should be provided the chance to express themselves, and to have direct influence on country's affairs."

Emphasizing that the ground needs to be paved for participation of the people at all fields, Khatami reiterated, "Taking advantage of collective wisdom in various political, economic and cultural affairs equal to remaining close to the conduct of the Infallible Household of the Prophet (PBUT)."

He also considered legitimate freedom and security as two rights of the people, arguing, "Every single individual must feel secure in this country, unless he, or she disturbs the security of the others." Elsewhere in his address, Khatami stressed, "The freedom we talk about is based on Islamic ethics, and while observing entire positive values, not the hedonistic type."

He meanwhile said, "Those people who argue today in the absence of the late Imam Khomeini that he chose the republic type of government for this country due to an expediency are in fact insulting the leadership of this system, and they should know that the roots for Islamic Republic were depicted from the life styles of Infallible Imams (PBUH) by the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
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