Monday, July 06, 2009

Iran 070609 - Khomeini, desperate, warns the “west” against “meddling” as Qom’s Key Ayatollah call Election a Fraud


Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri Calls Election Fraud -image Foreign Policy.com

The “blame the West” rhetoric of the Iranian Regime, absent from the press for a few days, was repeated again yesterday by Khomeini on Iranian State television. Per usual, Khomeini threatened the U.S and the U.K. of a “firm fist” in response to “meddling” by the aforementioned nations. Ahmadinejad also stuck his two-cents into the “Blame the West” game, once again, this appears to be falling on deaf ears.
The problem with this particular line of rhetoric is twofold, one, the U.S. government, under the current administration has had no intention of meddling in the affairs of Iran, other than one statement issued by Obama “condemning” or “strongly condemning” the use of force against the protestors. The other problem is that Iranians’, specifically those protesting, find it insulting to their intelligence – they know better, after all, they are the ones that are fighting this battle alone (with aid coming in the form of compassionate assistance to the wounded in demonstrations from a variety of foreign embassies.)
Why the need to demonize the “West” at this point? The support for Khomeini among his peers is becoming almost non-existent. From the City of Qom, one of the most important Shiite Religious Centers in Iran, and of import; Khomeini is an alumni. During the election cycle and even after questions of voter fraud arose, the Ayatollah’s of Qom remained silent – that silence has been broken and now, they are siding with the protestors, and have disputed the results of the election. , of specific import:

“That voice came from Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, a founder of the Islamic republic who for many years has been Iran's most influential dissident and an idol of youth and Iranians of all generations.
Montazeri, now in his 80s, issued a statement on his Web site that denounced the election as a fraud -- an opinion that is likely shared among the thousands of clerics and seminarians who behind the scenes are no doubt weighing in on the battle for power inside Iran.

This is being reported by several sources including the Nigerian Press.

As the crackdown by the regime continues and executions, specifically in Qom, continue, the further Khomeini and Company are painted into a proverbial corner.

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