Yesterday, Scott pointed to a New York Sun editorial which demonstrated the extent to which the rabidly anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish views of former Iranian president Khatemi mirror those of Stephen Walt, former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, which has chosen to host Khatemi when he visits the U.S.
Now MEMRI reminds us that Khatemi’s views regarding the U.S. are just as rabid, to the point that he claims to be unable to distinguish between President Bush and Osama bin Laden (Iran’s main rival for leadership in the terorist world). Khatemi told Iranian television:
Our problem is the violent and rigid voices heard in the world. One such voice was heard from Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, and another is being heard from the White House. This is a dangerous thing. Even though they confront one another, and pound and harm one another – Mr. bin Laden says: What I realized, with my narrow understanding… My God is the traditional and fanatic perspective of Islam – the Islam of 10 centuries ago – and I consider any innovation to be heretic. This is my truth. Anyone who doesn’t agree with this point of view is an infidel, an atheist, and fair game. In order to kill him it is permitted to pulverize thousands of innocent people. In order to weaken him it is permitted to make millions miserable. This is one perspective. This very same voice is heard from the White House. It says: Whoever is not with us is against us, and war against him is a holy war. But if you delve a little deeper, and switch the words of Bush and bin Laden, you will be unable to distinguish between the two.
In addition, to his visit to the Kennedy School, Khatemi will also speak at the National Cathedral and to the terrorist sympathizers at CAIR, and he will meet with former president Carter. As with Professor Walt, we can expect that Khatemi will find considerable common ground with his fellow former president who, after all, played an important role in the rise of the Iranian theocracy.