Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami is a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts. He is closely affiliated with the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Important Disambiguation: His name resembles that of Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president of Iran, but the two are not related. They have opposite points of view on many issues, such as democracy in Iran.
Here is what he told Iranians in a Friday sermon:
"Following the U.S. financial crisis, Europe and the U.S. allies too have been hit by an 'economic tsunami' and are shaken. Perhaps they had never experienced such a shock. Certain people used to name Americans' liberal democracy as their utopia at the end of the history of mankind, claiming that the U.S. is master of the said utopia; however, we are today witnessing defects in the utopia and its crushing failure."
"The Bush administration's aggressive policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are the main cause of America's financial angst and distress."
What? Not blaming of the Zionists and Joos for the trouble? Is the Ayatollah leering suggestively at the Presidential hopeful whose middle name is Hussein?
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Saturday, October 18, 2008