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Ah that religion of peace, they always know the creepy thing to say at the right time. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati gave a Friday sermon at the Tehran University campus, he said that the U.S.’s economic crisis was “divine punishment” that had made Iranians very happy. Then he blasted the U.S. presence on the Afghanistan and Pakistan borders. He said that Americans could expect to be “slapped in the face by Islam, Muslims, and the Islamic Revolution,” and concluded his sermon by saying that since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, “drugs are being produced and distributed under U.S. supervision.” MEMRI has the full report below:

Ayatollah Jannati In Iran Friday Sermon: U.S. Economic Woes ‘Divine Punishment’ – ‘The Unhappier They [Americans] Become, The Happier We Get’; ‘Americans Should Wait To Be Slapped In The Face By Islam, Muslims, And The Islamic Revolution’

To view the MEMRI TV page for Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, visit http://www.memritv.org/subject/en/487.htm. Jannati: Iran Enemy Tactics Target Iranian Economy, Pit Sunnis Against Shi’ites, Undermine Iranian Officials According to a report by the official Iranian news agency IRNA, Interim Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said today in his sermon that Iran’s enemies have targeted its economy in vain hopes of countering the Islamic Republic. IRNA said that Jannati told worshipers at the Tehran University campus that the enemies are bent on fanning economic crisis and problems, in a bid to confront Iran. He said that other enemy tactics included dividing Shi’ites and Sunnis and pitting Sunnis against Sunnis or Shi’ites against Shi’ites, and added that this policy is being pursued mostly in Iran and Iraq but also in other Muslim states. Another enemy strategy, Jannati said, was distorting the image of Iranian officials. “They wish to undermine those who are backing the public and are trusted by them.” “We Are Happy That The U.S. Economy Has Come Across Difficulty… The Unhappier They Become, The Happier We Get” Of the U.S.’s recent economic woes, Jannati said, “We are happy that the U.S. economy has come across difficulty. They are attesting unfavorable consequences of their conducts. They are experiencing divine punishment. We are happy over that. The unhappier they become, the happier we get, as they become happy as we get unhappy.” “Americans Should Wait To Be Slapped In The Face By Islam, Muslims, And The Islamic Revolution” Jannati called the U.S. presence on the Afghanistan and Pakistan borders a problem that “cannot be ignored,” saying, “They invade forcefully, refuse to observe any boundary, and are not committed to anything. They attack anywhere they wish; they kill anybody they want and consider anywhere as their property. Americans should wait to be slapped in the face by Islam, Muslims, and the Islamic Revolution.” In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Jannati hailed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his recent successful visit to the U.S. and speech at the U.N. General Assembly. “Anybody bravely raising the Islamic Republic and Revolutionary stances at the U.N. authoritatively and proudly, naming God, reciting the Koran, and citing the things that nobody dares to cite is worth admiration,” he added. He said that Ahmadinejad’s announcement of support for the oppressed and for trying the U.S. for injustices it has committed, as well as his outlining if Iran’s clear stances on Israel, are valuable subjects which deserve to be set as a precedent. He added that “Iranian ambassadors should honor the stance anywhere and should not show any weakness.” “Drugs Are Being Produced And Distributed Under U.S. Supervision” To end his sermon, Ayatollah Jannati said that since the occupation of Afghanistan by the U.S., poppy cultivation has increased several times over, and drugs are being produced and distributed under U.S. supervision.

[1] IRNA (Iran), October 3, 2008.

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