Wouldn’t this be a golden opportunity for Western adherents of the true, peaceful Islam to explain publicly and fully exactly how and why the brutal and repressive Islamic Republic of Iran is not actually representative of Islam at all? Honest Ibe? Brave Ahmed? Dr. Bassiouni? Khaleel Mohammed? Mr. Schwartz? Anyone? Anyone?
“Iran’s Khamenei issues stern warning to opposition,” by Hiedeh Farmani for AFP (thanks to James):
TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned opposition leaders on Sunday to distance themselves from protesters he accused of acting against the Islamic regime’s late founder Ayatollah Khomeini.
Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have faced mounting pressure since December 7 anti-government protests during which a poster of late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was allegedly torn up.
“Those who shout slogans in the name of these people (opposition leaders), hoist their pictures and speak of them with respect are in a point which is the exact opposite of the Imam (Khomeini), revolution and Islam,” Khamenei said on state television….
“I don’t believe in purging, I believe in maximum attraction, but it looks as if some people insist on distancing themselves from the system and they have turned a family dispute into a battle against the system,” Khamenei said….
Khamenei has accused Western powers of instigating the post-vote unrest, and on Sunday warned the opposition leaders that “they should realise something is wrong with them when US, French and British leaders, who are the embodiment of tyranny, support them.
“They should be warned when they see all corrupt people, monarchists, communists, exiled dancers and musicians support them,” said the all-powerful leader….
Dancers and musicians! Horror of horrors!
“What is there to stay is the Islamic system,” the supreme leader said.