Iran's Karroubi hopes Saddam fall will serve a lesson
Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran
Tehran, April 22, IRNA -- Iran's Parliament Speaker here Tuesday hoped that the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would serve a lesson to "rogue states who are intoxicated with power". "How good it would be if the story of Saddam and his pressures on the (Iraqi) people served a lesson to rogue powers who are intoxicated with their force," he said during an open session of the parliament.
Karroubi called on invaders of Iraq to pull out from that country and leave its fate to the Iraqis to decide. "In the same breath that Saddam's regime collapsed, leading to happiness among people, those countries which have occupied Iraq are asked to retreat in view of the (Iraqi) people's demand," he added.
"The fate of the Iraqi nation must be left to Iraqis to decide without the interference of outsiders," the parliamentary speaker said. Karroubi implicitly warned of popular movements, saying "no power can resist divine traditions and popular movements". "Although some powers may manage to temporarily repress popular movements, a revolution will definitely come to existence," he said.
The Islamic Republic was among the staunchest opponents of US-led invasion of Iraq which imposed a destructive war between 1980 and 1988 on Iran. Tehran, however, took a position of 'active neutrality' and reiterated that it would not back one side or the other in the war. However, Iran was obviously glad to see the back of Saddam Hussein whose enmity towards the Islamic Republic was well-known.