Former Iranian President Accuses Regime of Exporting Terrorism
Woah!… Former Iranian President Khatami says the hardliner regime is exporting terror in the Middle East!
Khatami said the Iranian Republic is using terrorists to “sabotage” the region.
Iranian women read “Kayhan”, a pro-conservative newspaper in Tehran. Ex-president Mohmamad Khatami was under fire from hardliners on Monday after comments interpreted as accusing Iran’s clerical leaders of supporting insurgents in the Middle East. (AFP/Henghameh Fahimi)
Khatami said that exporting violence to other countries is “treason” against Islam.
Former Iranian president Mohamad Khatami was under fire from hardliners on Monday after comments interpreted as accusing the country’s clerical leaders of supporting insurgents in the Middle East.
The hardline Kayhan newspaper accused the reformist Khatami of tarnishing the Islamic republic’s reputation by implying it was carrying out “sabotage” work in other countries through insurgent groups.
In his speech, Khatami referred to the ambition of Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to export the 1979 Islamic revolution around the world, but expressed fear this wish was being distorted.
“What did the imam (Khomeini) mean by exporting the revolution?” he asked in the speech Friday to university students in the northern province of Gilan, according to the Kargozaran newspaper.
“Did he mean that we take up arms, that we blow up places in other nations and we create groups to carry out sabotage in other countries? The imam was vehemently against this and was confronting it,” he added.
His speech has been seen by some observers as accusing the Iranian authorities of encouraging militants to destabilize the Middle East, in particular Iraq and Lebanon.
What got into him?
Of course, what Khatami said was not a shock to those outside Iran.
The US military reported today that Hezbollah terrorists are training Iraqi Shiite extremists in Iran.
Prairie Pundit has more on Iran’s war in Iraq.
Hat Tip Larwyn