Ali Khamenei Has Lost ItJune 19, 2009 at 7:01 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment
In his first public response to days of protests, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sternly warned opponents Friday to stay off the streets and denied opposition claims that last week’s disputed election was rigged, praising the ballot as an “epic moment that became a historic moment.”
In a somber and lengthy sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran, he called directly for an end to the protests by hundreds of thousands of Iranians demanding a new election.
“Street challenge is not acceptable,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “This is challenging democracy after the elections.” He said opposition leaders would be “held responsible for chaos” if they did not end the protests.
His remarks seemed to deepen the confrontation between Iran’s rulers and supporters of the main opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, who have accused the authorities of rigging the vote.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged dissenters to pursue their complaints about the June 12 election only through legal channels, insisting that the turnout — officially put at 85 percent — showed the ballot to be a reflection of the national will.
Speaking in front of an audience of thousands that included President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he endorsed the president’s policies and insisted that the margin of victory — 11 million votes — accorded to Mr. Ahmadinejad in the official tally was so big that it could not have been falsified. “How can 11 million votes be replaced or changed?” he said.
Seriously? Dude! How can 11 million votes be replaced or changed? Do you really think we’re that stupid? You must be a conservative…oh yeah… you are. Anyways, the Supreme Leader has lost it. He’s in a worse bubble than George Bush was in.
However, the situation is vastly different in Iran. He could really crack down on the Iranians in a very violent, bloody way. But then how would that look? How many Iranians would appreciate that? What Khamenei realizes is that HE is in trouble, not just Ahmadinejad. This is the only course of action he can take, because to support Musavi would mean he would lose the support of the Revolutionary Guard, who back Ahmadinejad. He knows he is toast except by staying close to Ahmadinejad.
The question now for the Iranians who support Musavi is, how badly do they want Ahmadinejad out? Are they willing to take on his patron, the Supreme Leader?