Khatami pays tribure to a war criminal

In his speech today on the Army Day, the clerical regime's President Mohammad Khatami again heaped praise on Maj. Gen. Ali Sayyad Shirazi, describing him as a "nation's hero" and "one of noble children of Iran, Islam and the offspring of the nation."

Unable to conceal his anger over overwhelming joy and enthusiasm on the part of Iranians in and out Iran over the punishment of Sayyad Shirazi, Khatami claimed brazenly that "Mojahedin have no place in this country."

Consistent with all international yardsticks, including the 1948 Geneva Convention, Sayyad Shirazi -- the butcher of Kurdistan, murderer of Mojahedin, responsible for purging and executing dissident military personnel and accountable for sending thousands of teenagers to their death over mine fields -- perpetrated genocide, crimes against humanity and was a war criminal.

Khatami's repugnant tribute to Sayyad Shirazi, reminiscent of his commendations for Assadollah Lajevardi, the mullahs' Adolf Eichmann, demonstrates clearly that he is not a man of reform and is only endeavoring to prolong the reign of the mullahs' faltering regime.

For 10 years, Khatami played the role of Goebbels for Khomeini and his regime, during the war with Iraq and when political prisoners were massacred in 1988. As such, Khatami is one of the primary officials responsible for these crimes. In step and in unison with Sayyad Shirazi, Khatami played a direct role in dispatching thousands of Iranian teenagers to the war fronts to run over mine fields.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 18, 1999

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