„The Iraqi people will hate any government established in Iraq that will be recognized as appointed by the Americans, just as the Americans are hated. The Americans' coming to Iraq was a mistake. Their staying was a mistake. Their behavior with the population was a mistake… They must know that certainly, the Islamic world and chiefly the Shiite world will not stay silent in face of this.“
— Ali Khamenei Iranian Shiite faqih, Marja' and official independent islamic leader 1939
Iranian Leader, Ali Khamenei, Speaks about the American Involvement in Iraq http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/83.htm May 2004.