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Hassani: Seniors should not be allowed out

27 Jul 2009 14:454 Comments


As translated by Tehran Bureau staff

[Asr Iran] Urumiyeh's Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Gholam-Reza Hassani thanked Security forces for restoring and maintaining calm throughout the country.

Hassani said that seniors should refrain from participating in activities they are incapable of doing properly. He went on to use driving as an example and opined that to prevent inflecting harm on themselves and others, seniors who cannot control their cars must stay off the road.

The senior West Azarbaijan cleric then noted the "desires of certain presidential candidates in their advanced age" and queried, "Those who do lack physical and mental capacity, why do they try to wreck havoc in the country? When you cannot even keep your ammameh (clerical hat) on your head and your dentures in your mouth how do you want to govern the country?"

He was referring to an incident in Tehran's Friday prayers where Mehdi Karroubi was reportedly manhandled and escorted out of the venue.

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Mr Hassani:

Ayatollah Khomeini was 87 years old when he passed away. From the age of 79 he was the leader of Iran. In addition Ayatollah Khomeini never drove a car. He did not know how.

Does that make him a bad leader? Should he have stayed home? Mr Khamanei has one hand, can not wash his own a**, and has to be dressed. Shall he stay home too?

hommer / July 27, 2009 12:05 PM

Amazing speech, it the sort of logic my 6 yo son would use. No sorry, I take that back, I think he he'll do better.

Give these guys enough rope, they'll do the rest.


Mohammad Reza / July 27, 2009 12:12 PM

What an idiot! He spouts his nonsense as he stands in front of pictures of Khomeini and Khamenei. What are they if not old? In fact, Karroubi is only two years older than Khamenei.

And I noticed the idiot didn't mention the fact that Karroubi was attacked by Basij. Besides, by looking at him, I have a feeling if he were attacked the way Karroubi was, I doubt he'd be able to keep his ammameh on.

I wish someone would've issued a statement declaring stupid people shouldn't be allowed to speak in public before it was his turn to speak.

Dave In America / July 27, 2009 12:14 PM

Good grief! This is the level of intellect of the idiots running Iran? God help that country. Every government official/mullah we ever see is old, male, unshaven, and angry - Iran definitely needs a change in leadership!

ditap / July 27, 2009 7:32 PM