Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obama fans flames of animosity in Tehran - 23rd Mar 2011

"America's chains of defeat in the region will continue," Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei declared in his speech on the occasion of the dawn of a new Persian year, one day after a "new year message" by United States President Barack Obama that was for all practical purposes nothing short of a discrete declaration of war on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Accusing the US of supporting dictators until the last minute, and fanning the fire of a Shi'ite-Sunni rift in order to perpetuate its hegemony in the region, Khamenei portrayed Obama as ignorant

and confused for comparing the Iranian masses at Tehran's Freedom Square in 2009 to Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square this January. He reminded the White House that Iranians had congregated at the square in the Iranian capital for decades to celebrate their revolution and, that "their slogan is death to America."

Khamenei turned his attention to the US's domestic politics, accusing Obama of selling out to corporate America and turning his back on working Americans. It was a tit-for-tat response to Obama's Nawruz, or Persian new year, speech in which the US president singled out Iran's youth for anti-regime mobilization, a strategy his administration is now pursuing with zeal and energy in part by relying on certain Iran-American organizations in the US to carry out its outreach objectives. Read More