Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Iran's Michelle Obama": "Our main and everlasting enemy is Israel"

According to a breathless CNN headline "Thousands gather to hear, cheer Iran's Michelle Obama":
Dancing in public in not allowed in Iran, but thousands could hardly contain themselves at a recent presidential campaign rally in the capital city, Tehran.

On this day, the deafening cheers were not for presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi, but rather for his wife -- a woman some are calling Iran's Michelle Obama.

The comparisons to the first lady of the United States stem from the role Zahra Rahnavard is playing in her husband's quest for the presidency. [...]
This is accompanied by a video that features cheering and smiling faces. CNN evidently doesn't wonder what she has to say about Israel, but readers of Iran's news sites do. According to a Fars headline, "Wife of Reformist Candidate Terms Israel 'Iran's Main Enemy'":
Wife of the reformist presidential hopeful, Mir Hossein Mousavi, here in Tehran on Tuesday dismissed rumors around her husbands' campaign agenda, and underlined that Israel is and will remain the main enemy of Iran.

"Our main and everlasting enemy is Israel. But we will interact with other lands and nations if they regard our national interests," Zahra Rahnavard said, while addressing an election campaign gathering in Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University, promoting her husbands political viewpoints. [...]
Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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