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article imageIran to deliver 'punch' against the West on Feb. 11

By Michael Bearak     Feb 8, 2010 in World
While delivering a speech to a gathering of air force personnel, Iran's cleric leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country is prepared to deliver a sober warning to the West.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced on Monday that on Feb. 11, Iran was prepared to deliver a blow against the West that would be worse than Sept. 11.
According to Fox News, Khamenei said, "The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman, Feb. 11, in a way that will leave them stunned."
The 22nd of Bahman, or Feb. 11, represents the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution where the Air Force helped over throw the U.S.-backed Shah government. The overthrow of the Shah government led to the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
This year's recognition of the revolution may see uprisings between security forces and supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in response to last year's re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and Karroubi's supporters believe last June's election of Ahmadinejad was set-up so Ahmadinejad would get reelected.
There were anti-government rallies after the election of Ahmadinejad on June 12, 2009. Over the last eight months there have been numerous people imprisoned in Iran, including journalists, politicians, and human rights activists.
Mousavi said supporters should not be silent and should speak-up and be heard. He went on to say, "The clerics should know that since imprisonment, beatings, and other confrontational methods are done in the name of Islam and the Islamic regime, it is hurting Islam and we all should try to stop."
Iran has been increasing its enriched uranium program recently, saying the country is only trying to have enough uranium for its nuclear power plants. UN, European, and Western groups believe Iran is trying to enrich enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon.
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