Source: Parliament News
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009
In this week’s Friday prayers, Hojatoleslam Seyed Ahmad Khatami [a hardliner and strong advocate of Ahmadinejad’s government – not to be mistaken with Mohammad Khatami reformist ex-president] reiterated a simple criterion from a speech by the supreme leader [made a few days earlier]: “if your actions satisfy [or “gladden”] the foreigners [i.e., foreign adversary], you must know that what you did was wrong.” Despite these words and only ten minutes later, he considered the confirmations [given to Ahmadinejad’s government] on behalf of high-ranking American state department officials as proof of success for the Iranian representatives in the Geneva negotiations. Tehran’s Friday Prayer leader [i.e., Khatami] believes that Mr. Bolton’s testimonials [Iran’s Big Victory in Geneva: we are now even further from eliminating Tehran’s threat] or commentaries on CNN fully conform to the criterion that he has introduced. In other words, الفضل ما شهد به الاعداء : Our superiority is in those elements that the enemy confesses to. At the same time commentaries made by other people [in foreign countries] on the murder of Neda Agha Soltan is proof to accuse the Green Movement‘s attachment [to foreign forces.] Isn’t this [contradiction] a deviation from the same criterion introduced? What did Neda Agha Soltan have to do – other than disregard her basic rights – so that she could have had avoided accusations of having connections to foreign elements? In which meeting did she speak to these foreign adversaries and which bargain did she make with them? Of course, [it is obvious that] this criterion should be applied to those who contrary to all of their anti-American claims attended the negotiation meetings with the Americans. According to your simple criterion we must become suspicious of the laud and gratitude of the Americans for an Iranian victory in the Geneva negotiations. And [we should believe that] ‘the wise would know.’
This Friday’s sermon was not limited to this one issue. During his speech, the speaker at least twice reminded himself to remain pious, but these reminders had no effect. He recalled a anecdote from the sixth Shi’a Imam where the Imam never bid farewell to his friends and loyal acquaintances without first calling them to commit to being truthful in what they say, and what they promise. Despite this and only five minutes later, Mr. Khatami [the hardline speaker] claimed that proponents of the Green Movement on Quds day did not exceed three or four thousand; an exemplary act of commitment to truthfulness on his part. It cannot be that he made such a flawed statement because of misinformation. Of course, we didn’t hear his speech on that day [referring to Quds day] but is it acceptable to think that this ‘tiny’ segment of the population whose voice could be heard all the way from 16th of Azar Street [a main street far enough from where the prayers where held on Quds day] to the speaker’s microphone before the start of the speech was only three to four thousand people?
Dear Mr. Seyed Ahmad Khatami! If your opponents are truly limited to three or four thousand, why are you troubling yourself? Just give them a permit to gather somewhere out of town, a place equipped with tools to count them – like the Azadi stadium. Then film them with 16 cameras and broadcast it to the envy of the whole world and end this story. I am afraid that that you know too that there is no truth in what you say. I am afraid that you are merely committing to ‘ الحرب خدعه’: (war is all about deception). No wonder that Mr. Mohseni Ejeie too had declared that we are at war. War with who? With his brothers, sisters, his fellow Muslims, and his fellow countrymen who are asking for their obvious constitutional rights? Do you, and Mr. Ejeie attempt to make war in order to attract as many admirers as possible and to detach as few dissidents as possible? [reference to the leader’s words]
Please! Speak in a calmer tone, have some regard for people’s rights. Talk a little less … and some problems might be solved.