The former president of Iran is scheduled to speak at Harvard
on September 10. Cox and Forkum
have some background info on his anti-Semitic rhetoric and the violence surrounding his political career. One significant milestone is this (emphasis added):
In 1984, as minister of culture and Islamic propagation, he presided over the creation of Hezbollah, Iran's proxy army of terrorists in Lebanon and elsewhere. He thought that was exactly what the Islamic Republic of Iran needed to do to expand its influence around the world.
If Khatami gets any police protection, it won't be from the State of Massachusetts. Governor Mitt Romney released an official statement:
Governor Mitt Romney today ordered all Massachusetts state government agencies to decline support, if asked, for former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami's September 10 visit to the Boston area, where he is scheduled to speak at Harvard University.
"State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent jihad and the destruction of Israel," said Romney.
Romney's action means that Khatami will be denied an official police escort and other VIP treatment when he is in town. The federal government provides security through the U.S. State Department.
Romney criticized Harvard for honoring Khatami by inviting him to speak, calling it "a disgrace to the memory of all Americans who have lost their lives at the hands of extremists, especially on the eve of the five-year anniversary of 9/11."
Romney also has a few things to say about Khatami's legacy:
- During the period of time he was in office, from 1997 to 2005, Khatami presided over Iran's secret nuclear program. Currently, the Iranian Government under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is snubbing the international community's request to cease nuclear weapons production.
- In the recent conflict along the Israel-Lebanon border, Khatami described the terrorist group Hezbollah as a "shining sun that illuminates and warms the hearts of all Muslims and supporters of freedom in the world."
- Khatami has endorsed Ahmadinejad's call for the annihilation of Israel.
- During Khatami's presidency, Iran refused to hand over the Iranian intelligence officials who were responsible for the attack on the Khobar Towers that killed 19 U.S. military personnel.
- In his own country, Khatami oversaw the torture and murder of Iranian students, journalists, and others who spoke out for freedom and democracy. Khatami relaxed freedom of speech laws giving democracy reformers a false sense of security only to engage in one of the largest crackdowns in the country's history.
- In Khatami's Iran, there was no religious tolerance. According to the U.S. Office of International Religious Freedom, Iran was one of the worst offenders of religious persecutions. Minorities, such as Evangelicals, Jews, Catholics and others, have suffered.
Hey, since Khatami was involved in the creation of Hezbollah, could Romney order the cops to arrest him, since US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth officially implicated Hezbollah in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut?
(Link to Romney memo via Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi email)
Update: I have sent the following form email to Mitt Romney's inbox:
To: Governor Romney
From: Mr. Alan K Henderson , [email address]
Subject: Request for assistance on Public Safety (Homeland Security )
Dear Governor Romney:
Seriously, since Mohammed Khatami was involved in the creation of Hezbollah , and since US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut "was carried out by the group Hezbollah with the approval and funding of Iran's senior government officials" , doesn't the State of Massachusetts have the obligation and grounds to have Khatami arrested?
Alan K. Henderson
I'll let you know if I get a response.