Even harsher than we’ve already seen?
“Anybody who fights against the Islamic system or the leader of Islamic society, fight him until complete destruction,” he said in the nationally broadcast speech.
The cleric claimed some involved in the unrest used firearms.
“Anyone who takes up arms to fight with the people, they are worthy of execution,” he said. “We ask that the judiciary confront the leaders of the protests, leaders of the violations, and those who are supported by the United States and Israel strongly, and without mercy to provide a lesson for all.”
Khatami said those who disturbed the peace and destroyed public property were “at war with God,” and said they should be “dealt with without mercy.”
He reminded worshippers that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rules by God’s design and must not be defied.
The cleric also lashed out at foreign journalists, accusing them of false reporting, and singled out Britain for new criticism.
“In this unrest, Britons have behaved very mischievously and it is fair to add the slogan of down with England to slogan of down with USA,” he said, as his remarks were interrupted by worshippers’ chants of “Death to Israel.”
Hey, let’s just wait and see “how this thing plays out”…after all this “robust debate”, is a hopeful sign for US/Iran engagement.
Obama took some questions in a press conference with Angela Merkel, earlier today:
The NYT reporter asks if Obama will apologize as Ahmadinejad demands (amazingly, Obama passed on that opportunity) and if Obama will demand an apology from Ahmadinejad for comparing him to Bush.
Yes, it’s the same asswipe who wanted to know what Obama was enchanted by as President.