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US Murders Still the Real Story

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I usually learn nothing from the speeches of most Western politicians - most are filled with shameless lies, which then get relayed unquestioned by the Western Mainstream Media. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is a rare exception (and maybe not even a "Western politician?).

The moral part of Ayatollah Khamenei's speech was based around Qur'anic verses from the chapter titled "Abraham": Prophet Mohammad discussed how Moses had reminded the Jews of the inspiration, resilience and patience they had required to find their way out of the darkness of Egyptian murderousness, and that thanks must still be given despite any current tribulations. Remembering the blessing of being free from political despotism is the key, and the only way to receive even more blessings.

The fact that after Iranian General Qassem Soleimani's assassination Iran's top leaders are sitting around meditating on the virtues of Jews is completely unsurprising to anyone remotely aware of the tenets of Islam - however, I imagine that it is shocking to Westerners misled by ignorant Islamophobia.

It was an astute selection by Ayatollah Khamenei: Due to the tragedies of recent weeks it is not easy for Iranians to remember how very recently they, too, lived under the yoke of domineering bullies in London and Washington.

So, of course the West prefers to focus on Ayatollah Khamenei calling Trump a "clown" - they hardly want to remind anyone of such brutal realities from four decades ago. Indeed, they don't want to remind anyone of brutal realities just three or four weeks ago.

Where are the higher sentiments from Western 'humanist' politicians?

Western secularism forbids openly drawing political lessons from religious sources, no matter how necessary and pragmatically useful such lessons might be.

Therefore, one would expect Western "humanist" politicians to often quote from some of their favorite literature and meditate publicly on that - surely they need lofty inspiration from somewhere, no?

Trump, famously, does not read anything.

If Macron has ever deeply discussed in public the finer thoughts of Western humanist works I am not aware of it - it is possible that he has fashionably name-dropped some of France's favorite far-right thinkers, like Louis-Ferdinand Ce'line or Charlie Hebdo.

The West's tabloid nature - both politically and journalistically - does a great disservice to the intellectual, emotional and ethical needs of their people. It primes them to greedily seize upon zero-calorie nonsense - such as yet another independent confirmation of Trump's clownish presidency - rather than discuss more important things during such a critical and dangerous time.

Superficial nonsense is not Ayatollah Khamenei's style. Politically, he focused on the shocking disgrace of the US due to their latest assassination - of Soleimani and his Iraqi comrades.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the US kills so very many, many people in the Muslim World and yet they never openly admit it. For example, every Afghan wedding party bombing is always a "tragic accident".

Such dishonesty really rankles Ayatollah Khamenei - it has always seemed to me that he takes as a personal insult the "arrogance" Washington displays by assuming that nobody can see right through the lies and omissions regarding their dastardly war crimes. However, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Washington had no choice but to be honest about their shocking slaying of Soleimani and his Iraqi counterparts.

And what could be more disgraceful than openly admitting that you are a terrorist?

Thus, the political aspect of Ayatollah Khamenei's sermon focused on the tremendous disgrace being heaped upon the US and their system.

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Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, (more...)

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