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Leader condemns massacre of defenseless people

 Tehran, Sept 17, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution     
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Monday condemned massacre of     
defenseless people whatever kind it might be.                         
    In a meeting with his representatives at universities, Ayatollah  
Khamenei, referring to recent terrorist attacks in the United States, 
said killing of innocent people whether Muslims or Christians or of   
any other religious groups is condemned.                              
    Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Killing of people, in any place and     
with any kind of weapons, including atomic bombs, long-range          
missiles, biological or chemical weopons, passenger or war planes,    
carried out by any organization, country or individuals is            
condemned."                                                           
    The Leader stressed, "It makes no difference whether such         
massacres happen in Hiroshima, Nakazaki, Qana, Sabra, Shatila, Dir    
Yassin, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or in New York and Washington."          
    The Leader said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, based on such a   
policy, condemns any probable military action against Afghanistan     
which will lead to another human tragedy."                            
    Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that there should be no discrimination
in condemning the massacre of human beings and said "Why has the world
closed its eyes on the crimes committed by the Zionists in the        
occupied Palestine and has been silent toward such tragedy?"          
    The Leader pointed to the efforts made by the Zionist regime to   
take advatage of the attacks in the United States by intensifying     
pressure on the Muslims in Palestine and said, "Under current         
situation, Muslims are duty bound to voice their protest against the  
crimes of the Zionist regime."                                        
    Stressing that serious vulnerability of the United States in its  
internal security affairs has now been made known, Ayatollah Khamenei 
said, "How come a country that claims to be the headman of the 'global
village', harbors the most dangerous terrorists."                     
    Ayattollah Khamenei said exorbitant demands by the world powers is
the root cause of their losses and added,"the reason of the recent    
events is the expansionist policies of the United States in the       
world and if this country had abandons these policies and dealt with  
its internal affairs, such problems and events would not have         
taken place."                                                         
    The Leader said,"Today, too, if the Americans intend to expand    
their power in the region by presence in Pakistan and sending forces  
to Afghanistan, it will just add to their own problems."              
    Ayatollh Khamenei pointed to the"agony of the the oppressed       
people of Afghanistan during the past 25 yeras" and said,"Are those   
Muslim people once more to be crushed under the yoke of war because   
some people are alleged to have taken part in the attacks in the      
United States, although these accusations have not been proved?"      
    He stressed that many indications support the supposition that    
the Zionists might have been the designers and directors of the       
recent attacks in the U.S. and said,"The fact that there are some     
Muslim names which are not known how have entered the terrorist       
network, cannot be a permission for oppression against the Muslims    
and attack on the people of Afghanistan."                             
    Ayatollah Khamenei expressed regret over the poisonous propaganda 
by the western media about the Muslims and their efforts to provoke   
public opinion against them and said,"How can you accuse the Muslims  
who have been oppressed in the world and even in the United States    
and how can you generalize the accusation against a Muslim which has  
not yet been proved to all Muslims?"                                  
    The Leader said,"Can you condemn all Jews because of the heinous  
crimes that the Zionists are currently committing against the         
Palestininas?                                                         
JB/JB                                                                 
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