Iranian Ayatollah Khatami: "Americans Are Not Human Beings"
Ayatollah Khatami: “Americans are not human beings.”
At Friday prayers on May 1, 2009, Iranian Ayatollah Khatami criticized Obama’s calls for talks and declared that Americans are not human beings…
And, “Death to America.”
MEMRI reported, via ROP:
In his Friday, May 1, 2009 sermon at the Tehran University campus, Interim Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami criticized Washington for its call for talks with Tehran, saying, “The Iranian nation is the same nation that put all options of (former U.S. President George W.) Bush under table and into history’s dustbin. (U.S. President Barack) Obama is now toeing Bush’s line regarding Iran.”
“Arab World Must Realize That Should Israel Gain Power, It Would Not Hesitate to Occupy Other Countries in the Region”
Khatami, an Iranian Assembly of Experts member, also encouraged the Arab world to cut ties with Israel, warned certain Arab leaders over their efforts to maintain close relations with it, and said that the Arab world must realize that should Israel gain power, it would not hesitate to occupy other countries in the region.
“‘If America Was A Human Being, We Would Talk With It’ – But You Are Not Human Beings, And This is the Same Nation It Was 30 Years Ago… And [Therefore] Say: ‘Death to America!'”
In further comments on U.S.-Iran relations, Khatami said: “Praise to the Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Revolution in Iran] who said, ‘If America was a human being, we would talk with it’ – but you are not human beings, and this is the same nation it was 30 years ago… and [therefore] say: ‘Death to America!'”