(Posted elsewhere Friday)
From the speech delivered on June 4, 2011 by Khamenei on the occasion of Khomeini's 22nd demise anniversary:
"Certain people think that rationality requires backing down against the enemy on occasion, but the Imam [Khomeini] had the opposite idea and he moved in the opposite direction.
"The rationality and wisdom of this divine man helped him conclude that even the slightest flexibility and compromise against the enemy would result in the enemy's further transgression.
"In a battlefield, your enemy does not feel sorry when you retreat. Every small retreat against the enemies means that the enemy will take a step forward and spread his domination. This was one of the manifestations of the Imam's rationality."
"If a person or a movement turns away from Islamic and revolutionary values in the name of rationality, there will be a deviation.
"Giving up piety and making us dependent on the enemy in the name of rationality is an instance of deviation and [>] treachery.
"The kind of rationality that we find in our magnanimous Imam's [Khomeini's] school of thought requires us not to turn a blind eye to the enemy's plots. It requires us not to trust the enemy and to avoid backing down against it. The more we back down against the enemy, the more we will lose the great spiritual support inside the country."
ON CONFESSION OF ERROR
"In his writings and his statements, especially at the end of his holy life, His Eminence [Khomeini] admitted on several occasions that he had made a mistake in certain cases. He admitted that he was wrong in certain cases.
"This requires a great character. One needs a great soul to be able to say such things and to admit that one has made a mistake."
ON DOING THE RIGHT THING
"An important part of spirituality in Islam consists of morality, avoidance of sins, avoidance of slander, avoidance of suspicion, avoidance of backbiting, avoidance of spite and avoidance of separating hearts from one another."
"...the countries which achieved victory - especially Egypt, which is a big country with a rich Islamic, spiritual and cultural background - must be cautious. They must take care not to allow the enemy that escaped through the door to go back in through the window. The aid that is reportedly provided by America for Egypt or any other country is itself a source of trouble. It is through such aid and such dollars that the Americans establish their domination over other countries and impose their demands on them. They use these things to spread their oppressive domination over nations that have achieved freedom."
My point? There's a flurry of newsstories about Salehi's appointment of a no-good, about Moslehi's denunciation of Salehi's appointment, about parliament's challenge to the Minister of the Interior, about the lead-off speech tomorrow by Ahmadinejad on the XYZ (not on the ABC) of terrorism, about Iran's buddying up to The Superpower's West Asian puppets in hopes of imperial expansion, about the betrayal of Bahrain.
Makes you think, doesn't it?
See for yourself:
Supreme Leader’s Speech on the Occasion of Imam Khomeini’s 22nd Demise Anniversary http://english.khamenei.ir//index2.php? ... 0&Itemid=4