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The moderate Iranian leader who says that he was robbed of victory in last week’s presidential election faces a fateful choice today: support the regime or be cast out.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has told Mir Hossein Mousavi to stand beside him as he uses Friday prayers at Tehran University to call for national unity. An army of Basiji — Islamic volunteer militiamen — is also expected to be bussed in to support the Supreme Leader.
Iran's supreme leader will conduct a prayer congregation Friday at Tehran University, days after violent clashes there over the country's hotly-disputed presidential election, Tehran's official news service reported.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead Friday prayers on the campus, IRNA reported, amid mass protests against the election results. Backers of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi have poured into the streets of Tehran Thursday in what he has called "a day of mourning" of those killed in post-election violence.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Scrutiny turns to Iran's supreme leader on Friday, when he will deliver a sermon to a nation that has been swept up in several days of post-election protests.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to speak at mid-day Friday during prayers at Tehran University. That's according to the Basij militia, a voluntary paramilitary force that takes orders from the government.
Khamenei's speech will be scrutinized for signs of how the government plans to resolve a political stalemate that ensued after Iran's hardline president won re-election by a huge margin, quickly prompting allegations of ballot fraud.
The House voted 405-1 today for a resolution in support of the Iranian dissidents and condemning the ruling government. And the one man who opposed it was...Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
Paul said in his floor speech that he was in "reluctant opposition" to the resolution -- that he of course condemns violence by governments against their citizens. On the other hand, he also doesn't think the American government should act as a judge of every country overseas, and pointed out that we don't condemn countries like Saudi Arabia or Egypt that don't even have real elections.
"It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made," Paul said. "I have admired President Obama's cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly."
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
This is just going to turn what was once peaceful protest, for the most part, into a violent revolution. This thing has already been going on for a week and the kids aren't slowing down at all.
Looks like Iran will be in full blown revolution by Saturday.
First, a sermon about the dangers of division and disunity, using the language of Islam. Then came secular sentences, decidedly direct. He praised the huge turnout at the polls as a victory for Iran but criticized post-election turmoil as the work of Iran's enemies -- the United States, Israel and Britain.