That's what a Khamenei spokesman seems to be saying. His remarks and a link are buried in today's EA roundup.
1205 GMT: Loyalty Watch. Ayatollah Khamenei's representative Hojatoleslam Jafar Shojouni has explained that prayer, fasting and charity are invalid without a velayat (Supreme Leader) and that a soldier who is killed in a non-velayat regime is not a martyr.
What I see implied: Most people inside Iran despise the regime, they are out of luck. Ditto for over 90 percent of muslims outside Iran and not just Sunnis. After all, how many external Shiites, even Syrian Alawites, accept that Lady Farzaneh Khanoum (Sayyed Khamenei) is God's spokesman on earth--a man whose every dictate comes from Allah himself?
Will there be repercussions?: Remember the response to the Danish cartoons. Look for something similar unless remark does not circulate widely. Thus Iranians everywhere must draw attention to it on Arab forums as well as Iranian ones.
Will there be denials?: Alas, who believes any claims the regime makes these days? Of course Khamenei's spokesman is well aquainted with the Supreme Thug's views though I suspect he wasn't authorized to reveal this one so publicly. Notice the way it fits in with Khamenei's boasts, his domestic (executions for "crimes against God") and his imperial schemes.
Observation: Khameini is a six-way failure as a leader who enjoys a penchant for bad timing. This isn't the best move for an already isolated regime. Nor were the British embassy attack, the Saudi Ambassdor plot and the Bahrain Causeway Scheme.
Questions: In straw man" argument you cheat by ascribing to an opponent a ridiculous or outrageous position he'd never take. Then you attack him for "holding" it. Am I guilty here or not? Also, assuming the remarks circulate, would you expect major repercussions?
OTHER INTERESTING ITEMS:
From EA's roundup: The attacks on Ahmandinejad seem to be getting close to a red line. See more public criticism of Khamenei, once taboo. The latest comes from Mohammed Khatami's brother and is razor sharp. Meanwhile, Saudization continues to target kids toys. Barbie dolls were only the first to be targeted, as the regime adds to self-parody. In the comments section, there are links that provide further details on some of those stories.
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