Those Islamists in Iran cannot help themselves. Even a speech on the evils of Saddam would not be complete without the obligatory anti-US and anti-Israel rhetoric.
“I heard the U.S. president told Saddam that ‘the world is a better place without you’. I want to tell the U.S. president that he should know the world would be an even better place without Bush and Sharon,” Khamenei said.
That notion was also expressed by former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, currently the head of Iran’s top political arbitration body.
“Saddam did not have anything except wickedness for the people of Iraq and his neighbors and the destiny of America and Israel will be the same,” he was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.
And it wasn’t just the speakers, with the crowd getting in on the act.
The Iranian nation is very pleased with his [Saddam’s]arrest,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech in the city of Qazvin carried live on state television.
He described the ousted Iraqi leader as a “wild animal”, a “corrupt being” and a “bloodthirsty wolf”, sparking chants from the crowd of “Death to Saddam”, “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”.