Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the harshest language ever used, today accused the US and Israel as being behind the Quran burning acts.
“This hatred act (Quran burning) is not the beginning of a new process, but the continuation of an anti-Islam process led by the US and Zionist governments,” said Khamanie [Fars News Agency, 13 September]. “The leaders of Blasphemy are now aligned against Islam” [Fars News Agency, 13 September].
Khamenei identified the leadership in the US, the Zionist think tanks and some European governments as the “command center” of the anti-Islam projects, including military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, as well as operations against Islamic forces in Lebanon and Palestine. He even pointed his fingers at the US and Israel as possible perpetuators of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, paving the way for attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.
Khamenei asked all Muslims to refrain from revengeful acts against the holy books or religious symbols of other religions. He also called upon the US government to punish the people engaged in Quran burning. Khamenei did not explain why a government accused by him for perpetuating such acts needs to punish those involved in such acts.