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April 18, 2008 Clip No. 1753

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Chairman of the Iranian Guardian Council: The Time for America's Death Has Come

Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Chairman of the Iranian Guardian Council, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV on April 18, 2008.

Ayatollah Jannati: The military philosophy of Islam is to create a force with in Islam that will be the most powerful force, which no one can defeat.

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We must aspire to having in the not so distant future, Allah willing, military forces that are better trained than any other force in the world, and the most powerful military equipment in the world, so that no one will dare to consider violating the sanctity of the Islamic Republic. We will safeguard not only the sanctity of the Islamic Republic, but of Islam too, and we will defend oppressed Muslims throughout the world, so that all the Muslims will know that they have a strong protector. Thus, the enemies will not even dare to consider attacking Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, or anywhere else. We will support all the oppressed people and the oppressed Muslims in the world. We must aspire to such a future.

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Crowd chants: Death to America

Death to America

Death to America

Death to America

Death to America

Yes, I must tell you that the time for America's death has come. You cried: "Death to the Shah," and indeed, he died. You cried: "Death to Israel," and it is now on its deathbed. You cry: "Death to America," and before long, Allah willing, the prayer for the dead will be recited over it.

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