Khatami's Record: Year 1  
Happened in Khatami's first year as President: Taking Khatami for his words:

Praising Lajevardi, "the butcher" of Evin prison
"One of the hard working soldiers of the revolution and a servant of the people and the regime was martyred."
IRNA, August 23, 1998

Defending clerical rule and velayat-e faqih
"In the Islamic Republic defending the law means defending the velayat-e-faqih"
State television, November 18, 1997

"The main axis and the central pillar of this regime is the great leader and the vali-e-faqih, around whom other institutions and organs are formed."
State television, May 23, 1998

"I work under the auspices of the leadership, and His Eminence is considered the central pillar of the regime."
State television, April 22, 1998

"We tell the world that our Imam's (Khomeini's) path is alive. We shall press hard to continue this path."
State television, January 19, 1998

In a meeting with the deputies, advisors and directors general of the Ministry of Intelligence, President Khatami stressed the vital role of the Ministry of Intelligence in establishing security and stability in society, adding: "Those who are pursuing the overthrow of our regime should be treated differently and talked to in a different language.'"
State radio and television, December 30, 1997

"Today, the government, the Guards Corps and the Armed Forces are alongside one another around the revolution's supreme leader in the path to elevate the revolution, and defend the dignity and independence of the nation," Khatami said. "With our body and soul, we are all proud of the Guards Corps."
State television, May 24, 1998

Defending crackdown on the people of Isfahan
"The heroic people of Isfahan responded to the message sent by our generous leader,... the population showed their love for the regime and the leadership by their presence and at the same time they demoralized the ill wishers and the enemies "
State television, May 23, 1998

On freedom
"If by freedom one means confronting the aspirations of this nations and the foundations of the Islamic Revolution and Islam, Iran's revolutionary people cannot accept it and will not allow it..."
Kayhan, June 10, 1986

Freedom of expression
"In Iran, only those adhere to Islam and the Leadership have the right to engage in political activity and existence."
State television, November. 18, 1997

Video, music
"We consider videos to be much more dangerous than drugs.... The Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance is one of the most adamant opponents of legalizing the use of video sets in society."
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991

"As the country's chief authority on culture and art, I say: Music is allowed in this country but improper music is banned."
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991

Foreign policy
"Wherever they see their interests endangered, they resort to sanctions and try to enforce their sanctions on the world... Not only they pressure Iran, but they pressure Europe, Asia, they even pressure Japan".
State television, 19 January 1998

Khatami's speech at Khomeini's grave: "We have suffered more than any other (nation) from the oppressive policies of the United States... If we are seen to have turned away from our revolution and given up our identity, no matter what they would give us, we shall lose."
State television, January 19, 1998

On American people
"The bullying attitude of America is a source of dual disaster. The American people have the shallowest culture in the entire world. They are a bunch of bullies and knife toting adventurers... "The worst of Europe gathered together and went there [to the United States] to find money. It is a culture without roots; it is based on the technology of force... Now the Americans, a nation without the least culture, have most of the world's resources at their disposal. This represents a dual catastrophe for humanity."
Ettela'at, July 7, 1991

Export of fundamentalism
"What could we do in order to enter the world scene? We need a force which the enemy does not possess, and this is the force which is superior to technology and to arms. What we need as a balancing force is the newly born, fully alert, and ready to sacrifice Islamic force . If the Islamic Republic is supported by such a force , the same force as in Algeria, then its movement would be taken seriously. Like Sudan is taken seriously. New centers of power are being formed in the Islamic world...This is an issue which should be dealt with seriously."
Ressalat, June 5, 1991

"By setting up 30 cultural centers in 17 countries around the world, the Islamic Republic has transferred the first nuclei of Islamic revolution so well that today despite lack of resources, the voice of the Islamic revolution is being heard in the most remote regions of the globe."
Kayhan, August 30, 1986

"Currently, the Ministry of Guidance has seven foreign language newspapers, one of in Swahili in East Africa. Its current circulation of 50,000 can easily be increased to 200,000."
Ettela'at, July 10, 1991

Who are Khatami's allies and associates?

The Cabinet
The cabinet announced by Khatami on August 12 was remarkable in the sheer number of former or active members of the Revolutionary Guards it contained. Nearly two thirds of the ministers belong to the Line of the Imam faction, the closest tendency to Khomeini's views which in 1979 took part in the hostage taking of U.S. embassy in Tehran. The rest belong to previous governments. 15 out of 22 ministers were in the Guards Corps and related agencies and five of the ministers were directly involved in exporting fundamentalism and terrorism.

Executioners turned Editors!
The editors and proprietors of all pro-Khatami newspapers are ex-Revolutionary Guards commanders or have been active in other repressive organs of the regime. For example: Fereidoon Vardinejad, head of the official news agency, IRNA, Hamid Jalai-pour, managing editor of Jame'eh daily and Toos and Mohsen Sazgaran, Director General of Jame'eh, and Toos, were Guards Corps Brigadier Generals, the highest rank in the Guards Corps.
Ali Rabi'i, editor of Kar-o Kargar daily, former Deputy Minister of Intelligence. Mohsen Armin, editor in chief of Asr-e ma weekly, was member of the Guards Corps' general command in Lebanon and personally based in that country;

Mohammad Soltanifar, managing editor of Iran News daily, was head of the Guards Corps' para-military Basin force in Tehran province; Mullah Mohammad Moussavi Kho'einiha, managing editor of Salaam daily, was the Chief Prosecutor in the 1980s and responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988; Hossein Shari'atmadari, editor of Kayhan; Massih Mohajeri, managing editor of Jomhouri Islami; and Mehdi Nassiri, manager of Sobh weekly, are former commanders of the Guards Corps. Ali Larijani, head of the state radio and television organization, was also a GC Brigadier General and a GC commander.

Executions and massacres until 1997
Khatami must answer:
Khatami was Khomeini's Minister of Guidance (propaganda) for ten years. According to the Iranian law, the cabinet members have joint responsibility in all issues. So Khatami should answer before anyone else in the mullahs' hierarchy why:


Biggest massacre of political prisoners
After the ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war in summer 1988, a wave of mass executions swept Iran's prisons. Family visits to prisoners were canceled unprecedentally as a sign of the coming massacre, and news of the wave began circulating throughout the country. In a letter to Khomeini, Montazeri, his designated successor at the time, mentioned the "execution of several thousand people in a few days", and added that this approach did not help solving any problem. He protested against the killings in three consecutive letters, which only led to his own dismissal by Khomeini.

Assadollah Lajevardi, head of the State Prisons Organization who had served as revolutionary prosecutor and head of the notorious Evin prison since 1981 and was personally responsible for the torture of thousands of political prisoners and for sending them to the gallows, played a vital role in the massacre. According to estimates, nearly 30,000 political prisoners lost their lives during the few months of summer and fall of 1988 in prisons situated in Tehran and other cities across the country.

Mullahs' terrorism:
Change or more of status quo?

Over the years, terrorism has been the main pillar of the mullahs' foreign policy. Contrary to speculations in the West, the Tehran regime has intensified its terrorist activities and export of fundamentalism over the past year Since mid 1997, the regime has concentrated on training instructors on terrorism, who would be able to train in their own countries new agents for terrorist activities.

Kayhan, March 7, 1989
Khatami: Salman Rushdie's death decree must be carried out
"Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses, must be executed as per the religious fatwa issued by His Eminence Imam Khomeini. He has no escape from this fatwa...
"By publishing the blasphemous book, Satanic Verses, the East and the West proved to the world that they were not only the enemies of the Islamic Republic and the Imam, but also the enemies of the great religion of Islam and more than one billion Muslims around the globe."

Khatami's record in office:

Mohajerani defends stoning
"Ata'ollah Mohajerani, government spokesman and Minister of Guidance, said: "We should keep the interests of our country in mind in an open atmosphere of international public relations. Would it be in our interest if an act of stoning is filmed and broadcast abroad? If not, we should consider carrying out the verdict in front of a small crowd of the
believers in order to forestall public backlash."
Ressalat, April 9, 1998

The test firing of a missile with a range of 1300 km by the mullahs' regime on July 22, 1998

Socio-economic crises Khatami's solutions for the economy:
- Change in budget allocations, stopping project under 50% complete
- Publishing the equivalent of 2,500 billion rials of government issued bonds
- 2.5 fold tax rise on imports
- Cutting spendings on importing foodstuff to about half the allocated figure
- Non scientific oil and gas drilling

Social activities
During Khatami's first year in office:

"Every moment the mullahs stay
in power longer, the Iranian
people receive one more lash."
Ali Akbar Akbari