Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Smile and Handshake for the Iranian Dictator

The picture above, taken from the 2006 Annual Report for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released just last week, features Columbus’ own Ahmad Al-Akhras (left), national vice chair of CAIR, giving the grip and grin to former Iranian dictator, Mohammad Khatami (right). Khatami, who authorized the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators and students at the University of Tehran in 1999, was hosted by CAIR in September 2006 at a private dinner attended by 100 CAIR supporters.

For more on Ahmad al-Akhras’ dictator friend, Khatami, watch this report (~11 min) by journalist Richard Miniter at Khatami’s speech at the Washington National Cathedral. Miniter’s report includes interviews with some of Khatami’s victims, including one dissident journalist who had his wrists broke to prevent him from writing.

Murderer in the Cathedral