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Iran showdown: "Supreme Leader" tries to quell rebellion; US Congress does what Obama won't

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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 19, 2009 08:13 AM

The Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered 100 minutes of blame the Jews/Death to the U.S. bile mixed with a veiled threat to the hundreds of thousands of protesters who’ve taken to the streets the last week to oppose voter fraud and fight for freedom from the mullah-cracy:

In his first public response to days of protests, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sternly warned opponents Friday to stay off the streets and denied opposition claims that last week’s disputed election was rigged, praising the ballot as an “epic moment that became a historic moment.”

In a somber and lengthy sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran, he called directly for an end to the protests by hundreds of thousands of Iranians demanding a new election.

“Street challenge is not acceptable,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “This is challenging democracy after the elections.” He said opposition leaders would be “held responsible for chaos” if they did not end the protests…

…He blamed “media belonging to Zionists, evil media” for seeking to show divisions between those who supported the Iranian state and those who did not, while, in fact, the election had shown Iranians to be united in their commitment to the Islamic revolutionary state.

The “Zionist” media did not make this happen.

Click here for a vivid and comprehensive overview of the freedom movement (h/t Van der Leun).

America the Satan did not beat this Iranian protester (h/t Gateway Pundit):

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Listen to Jim Hoft’s interview with Iranian student and democracy activist Kianoosh Sanjari.

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Allahpundit watching: Will today be Tiananmen in Tehran?

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Democrats and Republicans unite in Congress to do what President Obama won’t: Voice public support for the democracy movement in Iran. Caleb Howe spotlights today’s bipartisan resolution:

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have introduced a resolution that goes where the President fears to tread: explicit support for the Iranian dissidents.

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