Before the elections, terrorist leaders in the Middle East all but formally endorsed a Democratic victory in the mid-term congressional vote.

Now, the state sponsors of some of those groups have called the Republican defeat a victory for Iran.

“This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush’s hawkish policies in the world,” said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in remarks reported by Iran’s student news agency today. “Since Washington’s hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Khamenei is the senior cleric in power since 1989 and has the last word on matters of state in Iran’s system of Islamic rule. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in charge of day-to-day decision making.

“The result of this election indicates that the majority of American people are dissatisfied and are fed up with the policies of the American administration,” Khamenei was quoted as saying. “With the scandalous defeat of America’s policies in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, America’s threats are empty threats on an international scale.”

Khamenei condemned Israel for its artillery attack on Wednesday in Gaza which killed 18 civilians, and also the “silence” of Western nations over “this great oppression”.

“The daily crimes by the savage Zionists in Gaza once more prove that holding talks with this occupying regime is of no use.”

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