Terror Convention In Iran
- Every year since 1996 when bin Laden first joined forces with the Iranians.
Terror Convention In Iran
28 April 2005
The group called the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the
Global Islamic Campaign held a registration meeting recently in Iran's
capital, Tehran. The group's aim is to boost its roll of volunteers willing
to carry out suicide attacks in Israel and Iraq.
The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs is often described as "a
shadowy group" with no official Iranian government backing. But the Reuters
news agency says that "the presence of President Mohammad Khatami's adviser
on women's affairs and a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei leant some official backing" to the group's latest meeting.
A so-called religious decree by Ayatollah Hossein Nuri Hamedani was read
aloud at the meeting. Echoing previous statements by Supreme Leader
Khamenei, the decree said that suicide attacks are "permitted and relevant
in the holy war for the good of Allah."
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that recruiting suicide
bombers in the name of Islam violates the fundamental tenets of "a great
world religion." This violent cause "has nothing to do with Islam," says Ms.
"Islam is a peaceful religion. And so the notion that somehow flying
airplanes into buildings or strapping a belt on yourself and blowing up
other people is in the service of Islam is something, I think, that clearly
perverts the religion and is resented by most respected Islamic scholars for
very good reason. By the way, I think probably rejected too by most people,
because who wants that to be the future for your children?"
President George W. Bush envisions a far different future for the people of
Iran than signing up for missions of death:
"I believe that the Iranian people ought to be allowed to freely discuss
opinion, read a free press, have free votes, be able to choose among
"I believe," said Mr. Bush, "that Iranians should adopt democracy; that's
what I believe."
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