Ahmadinejad: Selflessness and martyrdom-seeking, only way to save mankind
February 2, 2006
IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Wednesday that selflessness and martyrdom-seeking is the only way to save mankind, adding, "We are all obliged to keep alive the culture of martyrdom-seeking in the society." According to IRNA correspondent in Bushehr, Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with families of martyrs and war-disabled veteran of the province on Wednesday night at a religious center, adding, Culture of martyrdom-seeking is our most effective weapon and best guarantee for our national security." The President reiterated, "Ruthless enemies who have a chronic enmity against our country and our nation have not succeeded in achieving their objectives so far thanks to the existence of this culture of martyrdom-seeking among our nation." Further stressing that the attitude and culture of martyrdom-seeking is the best guarantee for a nation's survival, he said, "He who is ready for martyrdom is always victorious." Ahmadinejad reiterated, "Martyrdom is the peak of mankind's perfection and the martyrs enjoy the highest status of humanity in this world and the Hereafter." He added, "People spend tough years of strenuous work in a bid to achieve the peaks of grandeur and pride, while our dear martyrs achieved those high peaks in shortest possible time." The President said, "Some people assume we have lost our martyrs and have no contacts with them any longer, but we assure them that the martyrs relations with us is not severed and they are witnesses to our deeds." Emphasizing the need to heed the material needs of the martyrs' families, war disabled veterans, and the freed POWs, he said, "We are all obliged to heed the problems and difficulties of the martyrs' family members." President Ahmadinejad added, "I, Ahmadinejad, hereby loudly announce that I kiss the hands of the martyrs' family members, and that I am proud to do so, since we are all highly indebted to our ear martyrs, war disabled veterans, freed POWs, and their esteemed families." In response to martyrs' families objection that the officials do not properly heed their problems, the President said, "If an official would insult the dear families of martyrs, or the rest of the dear people of this country today, and refrain from heeding their problems, he is not a member of my government." President Ahmadinejad also promised the Bushehri martyrs families to send the head of Marty Foundation to the province in near future to heed their problem, including housing and employment. The president was scheduled to have a meeting with the elites of the province later on Wednesday night and listen to their problems. IRNA-Thursday February 02, 2006
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