Iran leader warns Arabs not to trust US

2011-09-17 22:20

Tehran - Iran's top leader warned Arab nations swept up in uprisings against autocratic regimes not to allow the US or Nato to influence the types of post-revolution political systems they form.

"Never trust America, Nato, and the criminal regimes like Britain, France and Italy who for a long time divided and plundered your lands," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told an international Islamic conference in Tehran on Saturday.

"Hold suspicion of them and don't believe their smiles. Behind those smiles and promises lie conspiracy and treason."

Iran has sought to portray the popular uprisings transforming the Arab world as a replay of its 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the pro-US shah and brought hard-line clerics to power.

In Iran's view, the collapse of pro-US governments in Egypt and Tunisia was a strong blow to US influence in the region and a new "Islamic awakening".

Khamenei said the US and Nato will try to dominate the future governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and other nations in the Middle East.

He urged those nations not to let this happen and to preserve their Islamic traditions.

"Don't allow your enemies to write the principles of your future government for you. Don't let Islamic principles be sacrificed for short-term interests," he told his audience.

Another non-Arab power in the region, Turkey, is trying to sell its own model for balancing Islam and secularism to the transforming Arab world.

Turkey currently has an Islamic-based political party governing a secular democracy.

Khamenei, however, urged Arabs to reject Western liberalism and form their governments solely on the basis of Islam.

"To create a system is your big and key job, which is complicated and difficult. Don't let secular or Western, liberal models as well as extremist nationalism... be imposed on you," he said.

Iran has praised the Arab uprisings, saying the change of governments shows a new Middle East is emerging that will doom Israel and break free of what it calls American interference.

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-17 23:06

    Arabs must not trust Iran. It is not a snake in the grass - it is the devil in the desert.

  • Law01 - 2011-09-17 23:17

    They must not Trust the US, Iran has the Guts to stand up to those murderers bunch, killing in the name of democracy/Freedom. The American people need liberation from there indoctrinating Zionist media.

      slg - 2011-09-18 01:55

      You're part of a small and ever reducing minority with these old, decrepit ideas. One hundred million people in the Middle East have just freed themselves from the pseudo-victimhood that you're plying. You're on the wrong side. This will become clearer and clearer. Your desperation is likely to grow, which will be a good sign, a sign to change for the better, to the right mindset.

  • slg - 2011-09-18 01:52

    So boring and old. This paradigm is being smashed by the new generation of the Middle East. I'madinnerjacket, you and your crony thugs mascara ding as leaders are next.

  • Pirouz - 2011-09-18 04:55

    It's true that U.S. and U.K. have sought to exploit many nations in the Middle East through setting up puppet leaders, and exploiting their resources to the detriment of the PEOPLE of the Arab world (they've done it in places like India too). LOOK AT FACTS: Israel = a state based on the apartheid against Palestinians; Saudi = autocratic "Kings" beholden to the U.S.; Bahrain = U.S. sponsored massacres of people; Egypt = The Mubarak puppet running his pro-Israel and pro-US torture chambers; Libya under Ghadaffi was running CIA torture chambers and giving oil away. You cold write thousands of pages on US and UK misbehavior.

      slg - 2011-09-18 07:06

      It's true? You make it sound like it's written in some big book. It's true according to you. Period.

      Anton - 2011-09-18 08:27

      Pirouz, But, what is also true is, that of the 200 countries in the world, not more than 4 or 5 , would agree with Ahmadinejad!!!!

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