September 12, 2006

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Khatami’s good will hunt: Harvard speech draws protest (Jessica Fargen, 9/11/06, Boston Herald)

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami rolled through Harvard on his feel-good tour of the United States yesterday extolling democracy and peace, principles at odds with the regime he led for eight years.

“One should not and ought not engage in violence in the name of any religion,” Khatami said in his speech yesterday at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which drew about 200 protesters outside, and periodic approving applause along with critical questions inside.

The speech, entitled “The Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence,” was followed by a Q & A session in which some audience members drilled Khatami about his position on Hezbollah, terrorism, Israel and the Sept. 11 attacks. [...]

Khatami joined the rest of the audience and stood for a moment of silence for Sept. 11 victims and condemned the attacks as “barbaric and savage acts.”

“I express my deepest sympathies with the families of the victims,” he said, those words followed by audience applause.

In response to an audience question, he said he wants to see Osama bin Laden captured.

“I have my problems with him,” he said.


MORE:
Iran Offers Security Help to Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister (VOA News, 12 September 2006)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has offered to help Iraq bring its insurgency under control.

At a news conference in Tehran with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Mr. Ahmadinejad said improved security in Iraq will enhance stability throughout the region.

Mr. Maliki met the Iranian president Tuesday at the beginning of a two-day visit.


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2006 12:00 AM
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