The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon at Tehran University. The preacher is 'Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the head of Iranian Expediency Council.
'Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani: If Mr. Bush means what he says and is
on the Iranian people's side,
he should have joined your demonstration [marking the Islamic revolution]
and should have chanted slogans along with you.
I was just kidding.
Obviously, he will not and should not come,
but he can't take back
his words anymore.
If he is on your side,
if he is on the [Iranian]
people's side –
it is the same people that filled the streets of Iran yesterday.
Two or three days ago, Channel 5 of the French TV aired a report
on the aid the US provided Saddam during the eight years [of the Iran-Iraq war]…
It's really shocking… It's disgraceful that
America got itself into such a mess.
The report mentioned
that America had sent
anthrax germs to Saddam
on numerous occasions,
so he could use them against Iran instead
of chemical weapons,
and that America had supplied the Iraqis with equipment and information
for the manufacture
of chemical weapons.
This democracy… The elections in Iraq were held despite the American opposition.
It was the will of the Iraqi people
and the religious authorities.
[The elections] were the result of pressure by Ayatollah Sistani,
by the Iraqi religious authorities,
and by the fighting forces
in Iraq on America.
They left the US no
choice but to allow the elections.