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US Murders Still the Real Story

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Ayatollah Khamenei: US disgraced after assassination of Gen. Soleimani
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Western Media Focus on One Word, but US Murders Still the Real Story

Last Friday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque for the first time in eight years.

For Iran, it has been a January full of unjust tragedies provoked by Western aggression.

Adding insult to injury, Iranians watch the West try to spin their murderous violence into evidence of Iranian cultural failure.

Ayatollah Khamenei's speech aimed to inspire an Iranian populace depressed at the lack of justice in global politics, and also aimed to politically analyze this dangerously critical time in global affairs.

And yet what the Western press took from the key speech was an offhand remark - Ayatollah Khamenei referred to US President Donald Trump as a "clown". Every major Western media led with this remark, as if it constituted a prelude to war". like it was an assassination or something.

I can't believe the Western press truly finds the remark so insulting - every day across the English-speaking world Trump is called a "clown" (or worse) by thousands of politicians and columnists. Instead, I think they seized on that remark because they absolutely do not want to engage in any serious discussion about the recent tragedies created by Western aggression.

That is not new: four decades of Iranophobia has meant ignoring, distorting or reducing to a caricature the Iranian view of real-life, life-and-death political situations.

Oh well. Who really cares what the Western elite thinks?

Contrarily, people care what Ayatollah Khamenei has to say on ethics and politics, at least in the Muslim world.

Inside the full mosque were all the top Iranian politicians and military brass, who kneeled or sat cross-legged during his sermon. Outside the mosque was an enormous crowd, bundled up in the winter cold of mountainous Tehran.

It is very unfortunate that politically-minded Westerners have probably never taken - due to the Iranophobia and Islamophobia campaigns - just two minutes to seriously consider the words and ideas of Ayatollah Khamenei, the man who for decades has led the world's most successful resistance to ever-more brutal Western capitalism-imperialism.

Can Western elite not stomach considering just one sermon every 8 years?

Listening to Ayatollah Khamenei is very different from listening to other politicians, as I must often do for my job.

Even if you disagree with Ayatollah Khamenei's political views, he will at least tell you something about how to live your life better - he is a preacher and focused on such things. So he actually doesn't waste your time, but it's his humility which is such a refreshing change from Trump's clowning and French President Emmanuel Macron's (in)elegant elitism.

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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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