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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:]  Jomhoury-e Eslami

[Date:] Wednesday, 27 Azar 1364 - [18 December 1985] - 4 Rabi’ath-Thani 1406   

[Issue No.:] 1900

 

Editorial

A Reasonable Action

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

On Saturday night, the representatives of 52 countries at the United Nations General Assembly, being subjected to America’s pressure, eventually surrendered to Washington’s blackmail and approved the United States’ intended resolution to condemn human rights in Iran [sic]. The resolution has been criticized for [censuring both] the execution of Israeli spies and the severity of actions against those who are being prosecuted in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judicial courts for terrorist acts.

The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated that [pointing out so-called] human rights abuse in Iran is, in fact, the superpowers’ reaction to their lost interests. They are unable to explain to their nations how they lost their economic and military interests. Therefore, they present their motives under the cover of human rights. This is a common practice by such persuasive powers in the political tradition.

Not to forget that Reagan, the president of the United States, recently, in a clear statement, sympathized with members of a cult in Iran which spies for the Zionist regime. He expressed his regret about the severity of the actions taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran against this cult. Naturally, the defence and patronage of the spying cult by the United States president is nothing new; rather, it reveals the visible as well as invisible nature of the relationship of this cult with the colonial circles.

It is not in vain that not only does Washington react with so much sensitivity to this group and exert pressure on its accomplices in the General Assembly to pass a resolution in this regard, but also, that the United States’ president considers it his duty to sympathize with this spying cult, which has served the interests of the Arrogance. And in his remarks he takes advantage of the accumulated anger and hatred of America against the Islamic Revolution…

… Naturally, governments are free to choose positions to strengthen ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran or join the ranks of the enemies of the Islamic revolution, but first they must understand the objective reality that a revolution never smiles at those who have explicitly joined the lines of their enemies and who are proud of their actions, unless they correct their mistaken positions…