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"What do we mean from saying death to America?" There's a brief answer and since I'm an Iranian I don't think I need to cite any source. "Death to America" slogan is (or at least turned into) a kind of sign of dedication (to Iran) among the Iranians, it doesn't mean to conquer Washington as some folks once interpreted, it means that "...


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What they mean by "death to" is basically "screw you" or "screw that." When the Matt Damon character in Good Will Hunting explains why he chose what seemed to be the most damaging of choices to be beaten with by an abusive foster-parent, he explained it like this: Will Hunting: He used to just put a belt, a stick, and a wrench ...


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The Ayatollah Khamenei, also the Supreme Leader of Iran, as reported by CNN, has said in a speech to university students six years aho: The slogan 'death to America' is backed by reason and wisdom. And it goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation. This slogan means death to US policies, death to arrogance [...] and this ...


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"Death to <whatever>" is to some extent one of those ritualised phrases whose actual meaning is separate from the literal meaning of the phrase. It is a statement of disapproval that might be better translated as "Down with America", as a more equivalent English phrase. In the middle of 2021, there were plenty of demonstrations with ...


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I guess it depends which Iranians are asked and when, e.g. Wikipedia says (citing the NYT): On 8 February 2019, [Supreme Leader] Ali Khamenei stated "Death to America means death to Trump, Bolton and Pompeo. We criticize American politicians who are managing that country. Iranian nation are not against American people." but also a somewhat less ...


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