During his Friday sermon, Ahmad Khatami senior Iranian Ayatollah, and a senior member of the Assembly of Experts, blamed the Charlie Hebdo attack on “American dollars, the English pounds, and the EU Euros,” accusing the West of providing arms to the terrorists.
The following are excerpts translated by MEMRI:
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: We strongly denounce the terrorist attack in France. We believe that Islam does not permit the killing of innocent people, whether in Paris, in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Pakistan, or in Afghanistan. The question is who is behind the killing of all those innocent people in those countries, and who provides them with weapons. It is the American dollars, the English pounds, and the EU euros.
You are the ones who have secretly nurtured these monsters and serpents. Those who sow the wind shall reap the storm. These terrorists feed from your own hands. These terrorists feed off the political support given by you and your allies. The solution is for you to cease these Satanic deeds. Now that the soap of terror has touched your bodies, you should know that the path that you have been taking for a decade, in which you assist the terrorists, is a mistaken path, and you should desist from this path, if you are truthful when you talk about defending human rights and humanity.
What makes this sermon particularly ironic is that as a member of the Assembly of Experts, Khatami is one of the Mujtahids who rule Iran and create the policy which makes his country into one of the largest state sponsors of terrorism.