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He then went on to say that "The strengthening of the capability of the Iranian armed forces . . . is only for defending the country and we will ask no one's permission to build up the armed forces, and to build missiles and aircraft."
This is what is known as 'taqiyya' or 'religious deception' in the language of Islam. It is the systematic lying to the infidel and should be considered an integral part of Islamic tactics. A good example is the statement that "Islam is a religion of peace."
The actual root meaning of the word 'taqiyya' is: to remain faithful, but in effect means "dissimulation." Quranic authority (3:28 and 16:106) allows Muslims to conform outwardly to the demands of non-Islamic government, while internally "remaining faithful" to whatever the Muslim conceives to be proper Islam as he waits for Muslims to gain in strength and are able to fight the infidel.
Even Mohammad said "War is deceit;" Rouhani knows this. In fact, taqiyya has its origins in Shi'a Islam, although it's practiced by non-Shi'a too.
Rouhani added that Iran never had "aggressive aims, but peace is not a one-way road and if we decide to be peaceful the other party . . . may not. So there is a need for vigilance."
When Rouhani retires, he could get a job on a farm as a manure spreader.
Chants of "Death to America!" "Death to Israel!" are not a road to peace. But when the Twelfth Imam (aka Muslim messiah; aka Imam Zaman) returns, there will be peace, Shi'a Muslims believe.
An article in the Daily Caller (March 16) by Reza Kahlili, says that a leading Iranian ayatollah, [Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani] stated that the "Islamic messiah 'will behead Western leaders.'"
Iran's leaders want to speed up the return of Imam Zaman so that in the end of times, there will be peace in the world.
Of course there will be--no life . . . no sounds . . . just peace.
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On a happier note, Rouhani is facing reelection and needs to show the voters that he's willing to go up against the West because of the criticism he received saying he was too willing to appease the world after the Tehran deal to curb nuclear power in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
On a less happier note, the man running against him is likely to be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier and staunch hater of Christians, Israel, Jews, the U.S., the West, gays, lesbians and puppies.