Ahmadinejad to Basij commanders: ” Islamic culture and the Basij operating according to the teachings of pure Muhammadan Islam is the only path of salvation and happiness of mankind…We can provide the mankind with correct ways of managing world affairs to mankind…my dear ones, outside the line of the Imam [Grand Ayatollah Khomeini] and Velayat [Guardianship of the Jurist, Supreme Leader Khamenei] there is no beauty or blessing in the world…Whenever a cat is killed under the wheels of a municipal truck in our country, they issue hundreds of human rights resolutions, but they ignore Gaza where the people don’t have access to bread, medicine and energy… This shows that they have distanced themselves from the path of divine prophets, monotheism and this is a parting from the line of the Imam and Velayat. In your presence I tell this to the colonialists and criminals: It is enough! For the past one hundred years you have committed so many crimes that it equals all crime in the entire history of mankind. You have stepped upon human dignity. It is enough. Return to the path of God, to the path of divine prophets, the path of purity. It is to your benefit.”
Peyman Forouzesh, vice chairman of the parliament’s Economics and Finance Committee, contradicts Ahmadinejad’s claims that Iran is immune to the global economic crisis: “More than seventy percent of the national budget is based on the oil revenue and only thirty percent on taxes and the like… It would be very illogical if there is no consequence…Despite attempts at reducing oil dependency, our dependence on oil revenue has not only not been reduced but has actually increased… Fluctuations in the oil market will affect the destiny of our country.”
Economist Mohammad Khosh-Chehreh, contradicting Ahmadinejad, says “administering the country with an oil price as low a five U.S. Dollars per barrel means nothing but living like the poorest of poor and stopping all development projects…It is unimaginable.” More here.
Ali Borougheni, member of the Parliament’s Budget and Planning Committee, commenting oon Ahmadinejad’s statement that Iran can function with “$5 oil” and says a non-oil revenue-based national budget is “unimaginable.”
Chief Inspector Hojjat al-Eslam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi: “As long as our economy is an oil economy, we are all rentiers.”
The Central Bank issues “Participation Bonds” with an 18 percent interest rate, encourages the public to invest.
Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham says the Central Bank probably won’t recover $20 billion used for subsidized lending; three months ago, Mahmoud Bahmani said that the money used for subsidized lending was as much as $40 billion. More here.
“Those who want to create uniformity through force instead of persuasion, and sometimes in the guise of the law, are standing in opposition to the logic of the Qur’an. Nowhere in the Qur’an do we find authorization for force to impose an idea. People are created different and they think differently. Everyone is seeking the truth but no one can impose his truth or belief on others through compulsion to create uniformity.”
“Why must we force women to wear the hijab [Islamic veil] while in other societies women freely choose to wear the hijab? Where in history do we find that the endurance of a faith is achieved through lashes, force, and hangings? Shouldn’t those in power revise their policies and know that these actions are one of the main reasons for people running away from Islam?”
Military and Security
Tehran public prosecutor Said Mortazavi explains details about arrest of “three Mossad agents” by the counterintelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards.
Seyyed Hassan Firouz-Abadi, Armed Forces Joint Command Chief: “Supreme Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief [Supreme Leader Khamenei] has told chiefs of each branch of the armed forces that I demand preparedness from you in the face of these threats. Don’t get caught by surprise…Should the Americans face you, your might should fell them. They ask us why we stage war games? We stage war games so the enemy sees our might and power. This is our Quranic and religious duty… Today the Guards are at its peak of material and organizational force. Composed of five forces, ten bases, several missile bases, both air and sea, it is organized in 31 provincial forces. This force is capable of encountering any threat as defined by the enemy…”
Revolutionary Guards chief: “Along the southeastern and southwestern borders, there is some potential insecurity and the enemy is planning for the parts of the Islamic country of Iran. But the popular Basij presence in different areas such as security, societal and the reconstruction neutralizes such conspiracies…the Basij presence in Bam after the earthquake enabled us to de-escalate the crisis. The Construction of the Basij is also active in fighting poverty and deprivation in dispossessed areas of the country…Iran is an Islamic, mighty, independent and self sufficient country….”
Sobh-e Sadeq reports establishment of the fourth operational zone of the Revolutionary Guards Navy, based at Assalouyeh near the Strait of Hormuz.
Defense Minister Najjar: “Today, from Latin America to Africa and all over the Middle East, we see the influence of the Basij and the Basijis. It is this phenomenon which made the miracle in Lebanon and defeated the Zionist regime which was armed to the teeth…The government’s economic reform scheme most certainly needs the Basij to aid its execution because it is based on Basij mentality. The Basij members must be the vanguard in the economic field…Today the Basij members must think of establishing a great Islamic government. The Basij is not limited to Islamic Iran and resistance cells must be formed all over the world against both East and West.”
Supreme Leader Khamenei: “Thanks to the benevolence of God, and our belief in God and his will and by the means of all the sacrifices Iran has become a regional power to the degree that even the enemies confess it.”
Basij Force chief Hojjat al-Eslam Ta’eb says: “When it comes to social affairs, I predict greater Basij intervention…Today the Supreme Leader considers defending the government a duty and we also consider ourselves responsible to defend a Principalist government.” Ta’eb also says the Basij will deal with “pessimism” which is the “instrument of the enemy and the enemy’s psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.” More.
According to Kayhan the Islamic Republic has launched a rocket into space. Sobh-e Sadeq publishes a background article about the role of the cultural bureau of the representative of the Supreme Leader in the Revolutionary Guards.
Mohammad Qouchani becomes editor of Ayandeh-ye Now,which will hit the news kiosks in ten days.
Reza Aghazadeh, head of the Iran Nuclear Energy Organization, says “5,000 centrifuges are operating at Natanz.” Aghazadeh also says the heavy water plant in Arak also produces more than its capacity, expresses hope that the Bushehr nuclear energy plant will operating in early 2009.