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Iranian leader to offer Christmas message

December 25, 2008

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— Iran’s president is offering season’s greetings to Christians in a British TV address and suggests that if Jesus were alive, he would oppose “bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers” — an apparent reference to the U.S. and its allies.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Christmas Day broadcast will be delivered on Britain’s Channel 4 television, occupying a slot that provides an often controversial counterpoint to Queen Elizabeth II’s annual message, the station said. A leading British Jewish body said it was appalled.

According to a transcript released in advance, Ahmadinejad says most of the world’s problems stem from leaders who have turned against religion. The Muslim president doesn’t refer to rival nations or leaders by name or mention Israel, despite his past calls to wipe it out.

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