Iran's new president glorifies martyrdom


The new president of Iran is certainly no reformer. MEMRI provides translation of excerpts from a televised speech of President—Elect Mahmoud Ahmadi—Nejad:

"We want art that is on the offensive. Art on the offensive exalts and defends the noble principles, and attacks principles that are corrupt, vulgar, ungodly, and inhuman.

"Art reaches perfection when it portrays the best life and best death. After all, art tells you how to live. That is the essence of art. Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of martyrdom? A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity. Those who wish to undermine this principle undermine the foundations of our independence and national security. They undermine the foundation of our eternity.

"The message of the [Islamic] Revolution is global, and is not restricted to a specific place or time. It is a human message, and it will move forward.

"Have no doubt ...Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world."

James Lewis   7 29 05