Khatami Attacked By Radical Lawmakers
Tehran, 6 May (IPS) In un unprecedented move, 77 lawmakers, all of them belonging to the radical majority of the Majles, have introduced a petition against Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, accused of slander and calumnies against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
They were particularly targeting the former moderate president for parts of a speech he delivered last Friday to students at the northern university of Gilan, in which he said the leader of the Islamic Revolution was against exporting the revolution to other countries.
“What the Imam (Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic) wanted and what he had in mind from exporting the revolution? That we take arms and explode them in other countries? That we create groups of sabotage in other countries? No. Imam was strongly against such behaviours”, Mr. Khatami told pro-reform students.
His remarks were seen as a direct criticism of the policies of the Ahmadinejad’s government.
In their letter to the Information (Intelligence) Minister, Hojjatoleslam Qolamhosein Mohseni Ezheh’i, the lawmakers urge him to warn Mr. Khatami against such “unfounded” declarations, to tell him to be careful wit the interests of the “saintly regime of the Islamic Republic”, to ask him what was his logic to make such slanders against the regime and make same accusations as the enemies of the Islamic Republic?”.
"What the Imam (Khomeini) wanted was not that we take arms and explode them in other countries, that we create groups of sabotage in other countries"
Though no other newspaper of agency had reported Mr. Khatami’s observations, but the radical daily Keyhan, considered as the mouthpiece of ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the megalomaniac leader of the Iranian regime, harshly attacked him for what the paper said was to “bring water to the mill of the enemies and encourage the international opinion questioning the behaviour of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
In fact, observers said that lawmakers petition to the Information Minister concerning Mr. Khatami is a “copy conform” of accusations levied against him by Keyhan, accusing him of repeating accusations Washington makes routinely against Tehran in Iraq and Israel for what the Iranians are doing in Lebanon and in Gaza.
“Mr. Khatami must explain why he is making such anti nationalistic declarations, why he is delivering calumnies against the Islamic Republic and undermine its image at the level of international opinion?”, the paper wrote.
“Mr. Khatami’s remarks were in the past days the subject of Western and Zionist media’s attacks, accusing the Islamic Republic of Iran of sponsoring and exporting terrorism”, the lawmakers said.
Though it is quite some time that the former president is under strong criticism from the hard liners, but this is the first time that he is being attacked so viciously, accused of having undermined the Iranian government and regime”, one analyst said, adding that for the hard liners, Mr. Khatami is preparing himself for the next presidential elections.
“The antagonistic policies of Mr. Ahmadinejad have revived some of the desires of the radicals during the early years of the Islamic Republic for exporting the Islamic Revolution. This has created serious problems for Iran and probably this was what Mr. Khatami wanted to warn against”, wrote Mr. Ahmad Zeydabadi, an outspoken and popular journalist, analyzing the speech of the former president.
The Baran Foundation that supports Mr. Khatami said his remarks were not against the regime, not even against the present Government, but merely reminding that the leader of the Islamic Revolution was not supporting the idea of exporting the revolution and would even confront groups that wanted to export it to other Islamic nations.
Mohammad Khatami was president of Iran from 1997-2005 and was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fanatic Muslim. ENDS KHATAMI ATTACKED 6508