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‘Supreme Leader’ Warns Of Crackdown

From those defenders of the faith at CNN and the Associated Press:

Iran’s top leader warns of protest crackdown

By Ali Akbar Dareini And Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writers

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader sternly warned Friday of a crackdown if protesters continue their massive street rallies, escalating the government’s showdown with demonstrators demanding a new presidential election.

In his first response to a week of protests of the disputed election, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said opposition leaders "will be held accountable for all the violence, bloodshed and rioting" if they do not halt the rallies.

Khamenei also said the balloting had not been rigged, and he sided with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, offering no concessions to the opposition. He effectively ruled out any chance for a new vote, lauding the June 12 election as an expression of the people’s will.

"Some of our enemies in different parts of the world intended to depict this absolute victory, this definitive victory, as a doubtful victory," Khamenei said at a Friday prayer service at Tehran University attended by tens of thousands of people. "It is your victory. They cannot manipulate it."

The speech created a stark choice for candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and his supporters: Drop their demands for a new vote or take to the streets again in blatant defiance of the man endowed with virtually limitless powers under Iran’s constitution.

Pro-Mousavi Web sites had no immediate reaction to Khamenei’s warning. They did not announce changes in plans for a march at 4 p.m. Saturday from Revolution Square to Freedom Square, site of a massive rally Monday that ended with fatal clashes between protesters and a pro-government militia…

"It must be determined at the ballot box what the people want and what they don’t want, not in the streets," he said. "I call on all to put an end to this method."

And Khamenei added, according Press TV, Iranian state television’s English-language channel: "Extremism in the country, any extremist move, will fan another extremist move. If the political elite want to ignore the law or break the law then they are taking wrong measures, which are harmful, and they will be held accountable for all the violence, bloodshed and rioting."

He accused foreign media and Western countries of trying to create a political rift and stir up chaos in Iran…

[Obama] said Tuesday that opposition to Ahmadinejad represented "a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community that have taken place in the past, and that there are people who want to see greater openness and greater debate and want to see greater democracy."

Khamenei reacted strongly, saying Obama’s statements contradicted the president’s stated goal of opening dialogue with Iran and the conciliatory tone of other recent American messages.

"The U.S. president said ‘We were waiting for a day like this to see people on the street,’" Khamenei said. "They write to us and say they respect the Islamic Republic and then they make comments like this. … Which one should we believe?

Khamenei remained staunch in his defense of Ahmadinejad, saying his views were closer to the president’s than to those of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a powerful patron of Mousavi.

Ahmadinejad watched the sermon from the front row and conservative candidate Mohsen Rezaei could be seen in the audience.

State television did not show Mousavi in the crowd of thousands, which spilled out of the open-sided campus pavilion and filled surrounding streets.

Iran’s Arabic-language state TV channel said before the service that Mousavi, Rezaei and reformist candidate Mahdi Karroubi would attend. Karroubi confirmed that but it was not clear from broadcasts of the sermon if he or Rafsanjani were in fact there.

Khamenei said the 11 million votes that separated Ahmadinejad from his top opponent, Mousavi, were proof that fraud did not occur.

"If the difference was 100,000 or 500,000 or 1 million, well, one may say fraud could have happened. But how can one rig 11 million votes?" Khamenei asked.

Khamenei said Iran would not see a second revolution like those that transformed the countries of the former Soviet Union and pointed a finger at the U.S., Britain and what he called Iran’s other enemies

The crowds in Tehran and elsewhere have been able to organize despite a government clampdown on the Internet and cell phones. The government has blocked certain Web sites, such as BBC Farsi, Facebook, Twitter and several pro-Mousavi sites that are vital conduits for Iranians to tell the world about protests and violence.

Text messaging, a primary source of spreading information in Tehran, has not been working since last week, and cell phone service in Tehran is frequently down. The government also has barred foreign news organizations from reporting on Tehran’s streets.

The BBC said it was employing two new satellites to help circumvent Iranian jamming of its Persian-language service.

Google said it was launching a Persian-to-English translation service and Facebook said Iranian users could now use a Persian version of its site as a way of easing communication to the outside world.

Alas, it is all unfolding as we (and others) foretold.

"If the difference was 100,000 or 500,000 or 1 million, well, one may say fraud could have happened. But how can one rig 11 million votes?" Khamenei asked.

Er, by not counting them and just making up a number.

It’s not too complicated.

Even a Mullah could do it.

  Update!

More on the Supreme Leader’s Friday prayer, courtesy of Iran’s Press TV:

Leader: Nation’s turnout rattled enemies

Fri, 19 Jun 2009

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has described the ‘unprecedented’ turnout of almost 85% in the election as a ‘political quake’ for the enemy.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said high turnout in the election, which witnessed more than 40 million Iranians casting their votes, was a great manifestation of people’s solidarity with the Islamic establishment.

Addressing Friday prayers congregation — attended by millions of people — Ayatollah Khamenei said that last Friday’s election indicated a ‘common sense of responsibility’ of the Iranian nation to determine the future of the country.

The Leader added that all those who took part in the election proved their ‘political consciousness and commitment’ towards the establishment to the whole world.

The Leader said the high voter turnout in the election was a ‘political quake’ for the enemy and a ‘real celebration’ for the friends of the country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will by no means betray the votes of the nation," the Leader said, adding the legal system of the election will not allow any ballot rigging in Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei, however, maintained that the Guardian Council, the body tasked with overseeing the election, would look into the complaints of the candidates who are unhappy with the election results.

The Leader also added that the establishment would never give-in to illegal demands, urging all presidential candidates to pursue their complaints through legal channels. Ayatollah Khamenei called for an end to illegal street protests aimed at reversing the result of the election.

Following the announcement of the election outcome, supporters of the defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi-who rejected the election results — took to the streets of Tehran and other cities in daily rallies.

The leader further urged all presidential candidates to be vigilant in the face of what he called enemy plots to sow the seeds of division among the walks of the nation. Ayatollah Khamenei said enemies are trying to undermine people’s trust in the establishment.

The Leader also warned against attempts made by foreign media outlets seeking to destabilize the country and blamed Britain in particular.

President Ahmadinejad was re-elected the next president of the country with over 60% percent of the votes.

He won over his three rivals Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei with almost 25 million votes.

The Leader said the time is over for rivalry, stressing that all should unite and line up behind the president-elect.

What honesty there is to be found in Muslim devotees.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “‘Supreme Leader’ Warns Of Crackdown”

  1. proreason says:

    Looks like The Moron has at last prevailed upon his future partners in crime to do things the Chicago way.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Now, the real fight begins over there. They said they’re ready, let’s hope we are. This will probably be one of the darkest moments of modern US foreign policy history (N. Korea Nuke included) if two months from now we’re trying to engage Ahmadinejad like this never happened.

    From an Iranian student, via The New York Times (surprisingly):

    WE look over this wall of marching people to see what our friends in the United States are saying about us. We cannot help it — 30 years of struggle against the Enemy has had the curious effect of making us intrigued. To our great dismay, what we find is that in important sectors of the American press a disturbing counternarrative is emerging: That perhaps this election wasn’t a fraud after all. That the United States shouldn’t rush in with complaints of democracy denied [AHEM], and that perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the president the Iranian people truly want (and, by extension, deserve).

    Do not believe it. Those so-called experts warning Americans to be leery of claims of fraud by the opposition are basing their arguments on an outdated understanding of Iran that has little to do with the reality of what we here are experiencing during these singular days.

    Full Letter..

    It paints a picture of Iranian culture and social evolution over the past 30 years that has rarely been written about and almost never been reported on.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Tranquil Night, thanks for that! What a great letter. I have to plead guilty; for the first few days I didn’t think the uprising was real. The student is right, however; a lot of us don’t have up-to-date information about Iran. The tenacity of the Iranian protestors has won me over, at least; I hope others will go the same way and support them.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    The [Supreme Leader]’s got a point about Obama. Iranians respect clarity, even the crazy ones.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Sorry SG. I lost my head there. It happens around Islamofacsists all the time.

  4. jobeth says:

    ” ‘Supreme Leader’ Warns Of Crackdown”

    Whewwww! For a moment there I thought the Tea Parties were off!

    Imagine my relief to find you “only” meant the Iranian Surpreme Leader!

  5. Steve says:

    Speaking of our own Supreme Leader, here is one of today’s top stories from Press TV:

    White House defends neutral stance on Iran

    Fri, 19 Jun 2009

    The White House defends President Obama’s neutral stance on Iran’s presidential election’s crisis, while the GOP urges him to support the protestors.

    "The president believes that he’s struck the right tone as do others in the administration, as do others in the Republican Party, as do others in the Democratic Party," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

    US President Barack Obama expressed ‘deep concern’ Tuesday about the post-election unrest in Iran but warned that meddling in Iran’s internal affairs would backfire.

    "I have said before that I have deep concerns about the election. I think that the world has deep concerns about the election," Obama said.

    Obama added that the US does not want to meddle in Iran’s internal affairs.

    Critics of the Obama administration’s Iran policy, including senior Republicans, have pressed the US president on the issue.

    "Obama’s posture has been very equivocal, without a clear message," said Republican Representative Eric Cantor. "Now is the time for us to show our support with the Iranian people. I would like to see a strong statement from him that has moral clarity."

    Also, Senator John McCain, Obama’s Republican rival in last year’s US presidential election, has described Obama’s reaction as "tepid."

    While the Obama administration maintains that it does not intent to get involved in Iran’s domestic situation, the Iranian government has accused the US of ‘meddling’ in its internal affairs.

    Iran’s presidential election results, which according to the Interior Ministry figures marked a landslide victory for the incumbent president, has triggered mass rallies by hundreds of thousands of supporters of his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

    On occasions, the rallies have turned violent and resulted in casualties. Eight people have so far been confirmed dead in the resulting clashes between the police and the protesters. Many others have been injured in the unrest.

    http://tinyurl.com/kvgtph

    They seem to be tickled pink with Mr. Obama’s dithering.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Why would he say anything? A country where the results of an election are pre-determined is what Obama dreams of here in America.

    • proreason says:

      He wants the mullahs to crack down immediately so that Iran stops being a distraction from forcing Marxist facism on the country he hates.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I think Bam’s upset because he finally came up against the force that overshadowed him. Now he has to embrace and submit to it or try and see something evil in it and thus control it. In this case ‘neutrality’ means exactly what we know it means: he doesn’t believe in universal liberty. He never has; it’s never made sense to him given all the people who’ve indoctrinated him.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      You guys all have very good points. I think Obama’s lame reaction is partly the result of embarrassment over being wrong. He’s gone all over the globe apologizing for Bush’s supposedly insane Mideast policy. And now the protestors in Iran, who may hate Bush, are nonetheless affirming Bush’s philosophy: Democracy in the Mideast is possible and Muslims want it. Invading Iraq was a good idea. The US troops who died there gave their lives in the noble cause of bringing change to part of the world that badly needed it.

      Obama rose to power almost totally because he opposed the Iraq War publicly in 2002 while Hillary Clinton voted for it. That was his clincher; and now it seems he was totally wrong. I think he’s simply embarrassed. (As am I, since I thought the protests weren’t legitimate for the first few days either.) But he needs to get over his embarrassment and take this opportunity to apologize to Bush.

      If he can apologize to Egypt, why can’t Obama just say to Bush, “Sorry, you were right, I was wrong. Let’s finally make it to the finish line and secure the victory you made possible”?

    • proreason says:

      tn: “he doesn’t believe in universal liberty. He never has”

      Exactly. His view of liberty is that it is just something capitalists have taken advantage of to exploit people of other races who didn’t have equivalent “luck”. For that reason, he despises liberty.

      So, seeing no benefits to liberty, he is genuinely neutral about Iran.

      And of course, he also doesn’t want anything interfering with his nefarious schemes.

    • jobeth says:

      Professor
      “And now the protestors in Iran, who may hate Bush, are nonetheless affirming Bush’s philosophy”

      I’m not at all sure they hate Bush. Even if they do they do want the attention and support of the English speaking world…ie the “free” world (hope it lasts)

      I find it interesting they had so many signs in English. Amazing. We here in the west owe all our support to their efforts. Even if not perfect, they are moving in the right direction.

      Shame…we are doing the very same thing….in reverse.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “And now the protestors in Iran, who may hate Bush, are nonetheless affirming Bush’s philosophy”

      I’m strongly trying to resist the urge to generalize these protesters. By and large I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very Obama-friendly government and liberalite culture emerge from formerly oppressed Iran (such is a trend when going from one extreme to the other) but right now what’s uniting them is their desire to stand against tyranny. Now Bam finally came out and struck a better tone on this probably because he saw that he was getting creamed in the polls with this luke-warm response (way to play both sides of the fence there chief). He’s positioned himself pretty well to be the hero on the white horse which is how we know it’ll be reported.

      I’m okay with all of this. An Iranian nation without Khomenei and Ahmadinejad is a safer America and a safer world; if that miracle is realized then this whole thing has been completely divine. Where conservatives cannot fall into the coming trap is to keep making this about Obama or Bush. What’s done is done and the facts are there for those who don’t know.

      Thank you Professor Lopez and Proreason for your points, they are well taken. I’ll try and take it a step further: if the old regime is done and we see a uniquely democratic Iran emerge from this then it is going to continue to have to be the conservative movement that keeps the emotionally charged and inspired Iranians from resisting the populist tug of whatever will be under sleezy Bam’s sleeve. Mousavi/Montazeri’s first instinct is going to be to engage the West, and we cannot afford the tentacles of our socialist wing to spoil an otherwise pure essence. The Iranians do not want to trade one blatant dictatorship for a less obvious one, and such would be as damaging to America’s image abroad as they ‘say’ Bush was.

      The way we do that is with a watchful eye we engage more, criticize less and make calculated stands on the big truth rather than the little diversions he throws at us. On non-Iran issues we can criticize all we want!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      “Where conservatives cannot fall into the coming trap is to keep making this about Obama or Bush.”

      I think it’s hard for us in the US, because thousands of American soldiers gave their lives or lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush asked them to weather these sacrifices because Bush had a vision of exactly what is happening in Iran. Bush believed in the people of Iran, he believed they wanted democracy and he believed our country’s sacrifices in the Middle East would make Iranian democratic movements possible.

      I do think it’s important to say thank you to Bush, and also to hold Obama accountable for the fact that he was wrong all along. That’s not to exploit Iran for our political game, just to be fair to the sacrifices America made and to Bush, who came under terrible attacks because he believed that Iranians and others in the other did, deep inside, want democracy.

  6. Steve says:

    Another article from today’s Press TV:

    Ahmadinejad to ‘improve world’

    Fri, 19 Jun 2009

    Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for constructive engagement with the world, vowing continued ‘servitude’ to the people, ‘justice and progress’.

    "Without engaging the world, it is impossible to develop the country and the correct development will inevitably influence others, as without improving the world, it will be impossible to establish the good life*," the president told a group of students today, reports IRNA.

    Referring to the protests at the disputed June 12 presidential election, which saw him return to office for a second four-year term with an overwhelming 63 percent of the votes, he blamed the "enemies," for the rallies.

    "Today, the enemies are distressed because of the maximum and startling participation of the people in the elections, and with ‘Divine Favor’, the will of the Iranian nation and the Islamic revolution shall bloom in the world more quickly," he explained.

    Turning his attention to the West, Ahmadinejad said, "However much the West opposes the Islamic Republic of Iran, the will of the Iranian nation for resistance against the bullies will be increased manifold."

    He went on to dismiss the West’s model of democracy. "In the democracy of the West, the exalted values and the people are considered equals,… (whereas) the aspiration and origins of the Islamic Revolution are different from those of other revolutions. Because, in the Islamic Republic that rose from the revolution, the object is the realization of Divine aspirations and the commands of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and, consequently, the perfection of humanity," the president stipulated.

    ZAP/MMN

    * The ‘good life’ is a reference to the Holy Quran 16:97, which states: "To whoever, male or female, does good deeds and has faith, We shall give a good life and reward them according to the best of their actions."

    http://tinyurl.com/l87rgr

    They really are shameless.

    We especially liked the quote from the Quran.

    • tranquil.night says:

      This is amazing. I think he’s brazenly attempting to sound like Obama in policy and rhetoric, I really do, and it’s going to end up causing even more problems for the Bamster because with Ahmadi the people KNOW it’s corrupt lies. But if Khamenei or Ahmadi boldly throw something on the table – like the possibility of taking nukes away from Iran – this spells big trouble. That means Obama gets his wish, but it didn’t happen because of him – and it probably won’t be credible. It all leaves the admin in a very precarious position: screw the elections and Iranian freedom and push for an immediate end to the protests so that the international community can move forward with its goals with the regime, or support democracy and possibly lose all hope of ‘legitimate diplomacy’ with Iran in the future. Wow, what a pickle he’s getting himself into!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Tranquil Night, how right you are. So true. Obama apologized for the US in a dozen countries, but he can’t apologize for being wrong about the mullahs and Ahmadinejad — even as millions of Iranian protestors hang in the balance.

      I’m starting to get as angry as everyone else in the right-wing blogosphere. Let me go have a cocktail before I start screaming at people in Los Angeles with “BUSH IS A WAR CRIMINAL” and “OBAMA IS PEACE” bumper stickers.

    • proreason says:

      “what a pickle he’s getting himself into”

      A pickle perhaps, with people with a brain.

      But unless the MSM gets on this, it’s a tree falling in a forest.

      And I’ll guarantee one thing……if something good results from the events in Iran…..he will take credit for it. And the msm will sing his praises.

      I can hear the spin now.

    • jobeth says:

      Welcome to the war room professor! You are now one of us…you are now baptised in anger! LOL We are truly blessed to have you too.

  7. Supreme Leader; Dear Leader; Titular Leader; Follow the Leader…

    All this hope ~n~ chains has me so confused.

  8. canary says:

    ProReason, Looks like The Moron has at last prevailed upon his future partners in crime to do things the Chicago way.’

    You hit the nail on the head. With all his stand-backing and say little, he said fighting words, in this is what he wanted to see from the opposition. This was his absolute goal in Chicago. The closest he got was when he started hanging around Reverand Wright, gangabangers, and criminals. Even acknowledges he had “Obama’s Army” in a joking fasion.
    He will remain quiet, but prepared to bow down, get his nose browner with whoever does come out on top.
    Seriously, with all the election and voter fraud that got Obama elected, I’m sure he doesn’t want to make it an issue. But, nice to know if we’d have come out in 100,000 crowds and protest the election, wonder how’d he react. He made fun of the tea-partys because they were peaceful, a joke to his Chicago days.

  9. canary says:

    And now for a break for music of diversity and culture from the arts
    Chains of Fools chains. chains..my daddy warned me all about you..chains,..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lx52sBLtKI

  10. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The U.S. president said ‘We were waiting for a day like this to see people on the street,’” Khamenei said. “They write to us and say they respect the Islamic Republic and then they make comments like this. … Which one should we believe?”

    We’re havin’ the same difficulty with the belief thing over here in the US, Mr Supreme Leader Khamenei dude ..

    BTW, .. do you need any of Franken’s help? Just askin’, ya know.

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    The streets of Tehran look exactly like what the streets of DC are going to be in a year or less….we are in for a bit of a tussle! I will be there too! I have nothing left to lose……..

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    This one goes out to the Iranian People!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Y80ue92Ao

    Just goes to show you, there are aholes everywhere. Don’t take their crap!

    PS: Is it just me, or is Neidermeyer (the prosecutor) the spitting image of Al Gore.


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