Friday, March 30, 2007

Khatami goes off at Friday prayers

Khatami totally disses Britain. Calls it a "colonial power defeated by history' and accuses it of being the US's buttboy. In other news, a soccer crowd (Perseopolis v Esteghlal) shouts chants against Britain.

Gee, you just don't hear that kind of stuff happening much in the UK, do you?

Tehran, 30 March (AKI) - Former Iranian reformist president Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, leading Friday prayers in the capital, has fiercely criticised the reformists and internal dissidents, who in a recent document, signed by 600 people, urged the suspension of uranium enrichment to avoid new sanctions and avoid a possible military attack against Iran. "The anti Iranian resolutions and the sanctions will not in any way affect the will of our government and out people to pursue uranium enrichment," said Khatami.

"Whoever in the country adds his voice to those of our enemies asking for suspension is either a traitor or has been tricked," Khatami said.

"These stupid people or traitors will be isolated by the great Iranian people who unanimously support the Islamic Revolution and its values," he said.

More Mullah madness and Iranian irrationality...

He also defined Britain as "a former colonial power defeated by history and now acting as an intermediary for the United States."

Friday saw another small protest rally by students outside the British embassy in Tehran, calling for the 15 captive British marines seized in the Persian Gulf a week ago.

Despite heavy security in front of the embassy, the protestors managed to hurl rocks transported there in a van.

Meanwhile during the football derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal, at Tehran's Azadi stadium, the 60,000 strong crowd was invited by loudspeakers to shout slogans against the British government, accused of aggression against the Islamic Republic.

Update: Another take on Khatami and this Friday's prayers. It was too good to pass up. Death Chants in Tehran Voice Resentment of 'The Little Satan'
Ahmad Khatami, Tehran's thickset leader of Friday prayers, gesticulated in the air as he rebuked Britain. The thousands of people sitting before him are regime loyalists, representing the fifth of Iranians who always vote conservative.