Against much pressure from US-British Jewish Lobby – British TV Channel Four has announced to deliver Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message (pre-recorded in Farsi – with its English translation aired on 1915 GMT on Christmas day) – along with Queen Elizabeth II’s traditional annual Christmas message.
Dorothy Byrne, the broadcaster’s head of news, defended her decision against Jewish Lobby pressure – “As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad’s views are enormously influential. As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view.”
Following is President Ahmadinejad’s pre-recorded message:
“If Christ (as) was on earth today undoubtedly he would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.
If Christ was on earth today undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.
If Christ was on earth today undoubtedly he would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as he did in his lifetime.
Fortunately, today as crises and despair multiply, a wave of hope is gathering momentum. Hope for a brighter future, hope for the establishment of justice, hope for real peace, hope for finding virtuous and pious rulers who love the people and want to serve them – and this is what the Almighty Allah has promised.
We (Muslims) believe, Jesus Christ (as) will return, together with one of the children of revered messenger of Islam (Al-Mahdi) and would lead the world to a rightful point; to a world of love, brotherhood and justice. The responsibility of all followers of Christ and followers of Abrahamic faiths is to move towards that and to prepare the way for the fulfilment of this divine promise and the arrival of that joyful, shining and wonderful age. I hope that the collective will of nations will unite in the not too distant future and with the grace of the Almighty Allah, that shining age will come to rule the earth.
Once again, I congratulate one and all on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ (as) and I pray for the New Year to be a year of happiness, prosperity peace and brotherhood for humanity. I wish you every success.”