Cleric: Time up for Mideast dictators

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Saturday, 09 April 2011

tehranA senior Iranian cleric says the awakening of Muslim nations in North Africa and the Middle East will end the tyranny of Western-led dictators in the region.

“There has been a wave of [Islamic] awakening in regional nations and they revolted because they reached their capacity limit for [tolerating] oppression and there is no way for oppression to continue in the region,” ISNA quoted Hojjatoleslam Kazem
 Seddiqi as saying on Friday.

The cleric highlighted the West's hypocrisy in its claims to support the popular protests in Arab countries and the war it has waged in Libya.

“Today, the innocent people of Libya are being killed by both NATO forces and the country's evil and oppressive ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] whose mercenaries engage in killing and crime,” he said.

“The West says it has gone there to help people but has not been able to stop Gaddafi's aggression and crimes,” Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi noted.

Tehran's interim Friday Prayers leader singled out the United States as the “supporter and creator of dictators” in Arab countries, adding that Washington's time is up and that it has started to decline and lose its regional strongholds one after another.

Seddiqi regretted the violent government crackdown against protesters in Bahrain and criticized the Saudi-led military crackdown on the popular movement in the small Persian Gulf nation.

“We are surprised by the conduct of Saudi and UAE rulers. How come when Gaza was under the most severe attacks by the Zionist regime [of Israel], they did not support [Palestinians]?” he questioned.

The Ayatollah dismissed Sunni-Shia differences as the root of Riyadh and other Arab ruler's side-taking with Manama, arguing that the Arab world's inaction on the killing of hundreds of Sunni Muslims in Israel's December 2008-January 2009 offensive against the Gaza Strip indicates that Arab leaders submit to the will of the US and UK.

The cleric referred to the detention and killing of protesters who are demanding their right to civil liberties and explained how government forces prevent the injured from being treated in hospitals.

Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi compared Manama's use of violence against anti-regime demonstrators to Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and condemned the use of force against peaceful protesters.

“We have condemned these crimes and assure the people of Bahrain that … the fruit of Jihad is victory,” he said.

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