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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ex-Iranian leader Khatami blasts Ahmadinejad for Holocaust denial comments

Iran's reformist former president Mohammad Khatami has described the Holocaust as a "historical reality" - a stinging attack on his controversial and revisionist successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"We should speak out if even a single Jew is killed. Don't forget that one of the crimes of Hitler, Nazism and German national socialism was the massacre of innocent people, among them many Jews," the cleric said in comments carried in the Iranian press yesterday.

Khatami is a sensible man, this is the reason why over 70% of Iranians voted for him when he first ran for president. However, Khatami and the rest of the reformists have failed drastically. The president of Iran doesn't enjoy real powers and I believe that no solution can be acceptable for Iran except a secular constitution that clearly draws a line between religion and politics. Half answers such as Khatami won't work.

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