In Tehran a ceremony to honor Sheikh Yassin of Hamas was attended by high-level officials, according to Persian Journal. Apparently Iranian officials were undeterred by Yassin’s ordering of targeted murders of civilians on buses and restaurants.
A ceremony to commemorate Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, teroorist Leader of Hamas was held in the Ark mosque in Tehran on Sunday.
The ceremony was attended by Akhtari representative of the So-called Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Majlis Speaker Mahdi Karrubi.
Also present in the ceremony were Hojatoleslam Shariati, representative of the president Khatami and several members of the cabinet as well as ambassadors of Islamic countries such as Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.
The attendants insisted on continuing the path of terror and the Palestinian campaign against the Israel.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, AP headlines a story this way: “Revival of religious Shiite books as defining feature of community’s empowerment.”
Now that the dictator is gone, bookstores in this holy city south of Baghdad are busy again. For the first time in decades they are selling over-the-counter Shiite religious books that could have easily landed their owners and readers in jail, where torture was common. …
“Being in the book business is not just a way to make money,” said Saheb Jawad, whose shop is on al-Howeish alley along with many other bookstores near the shrine of Imam Ali, Shiism’s 7th century founding father.
“It is the virtue of spreading the faith that makes it worthwhile,” Jawad said.
Do these Shi’ite religious books glorify violent jihad and justify suicide attacks as “martrydom operations”? Does anyone know? If not, why not? And if the books do this, what will prevent Shi’ites in Iraq from trying to replicate Iran there? Will memorials to Sheikh Yassin be erected in Baghdad?