“Therefore, we warn the Guards who have betrayed the martyrs…”

From a statement signed by officers in the Iranian army (via Pajamas Media), warning the Revolutionary Guards and by extension Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that they will not tolerate attacks upon the Iranian people:

Therefore, we warn the Guards who have betrayed the martyrs (from the war between Iran and Iraq) and who decided to attack the lives, the property and the honor of the citizens. We seriously warn them that if they do not leave their chosen path, they will be confronted with our tough response. The military is a haven for the nation. And we will defend the peace-loving Iranian nation against any aggression.

Ayatollah Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad — call your offices.

The author of the article reproduced at PJM, Afshin Ellian, argues that “American and European diplomats need to warn Khamenei in a louder and clearer way about the consequences of his way of governing the nation.” I agree. The time is ripe for international pressure on Iran to adopt liberal democracy rather than the ayatollah’s autocracy.

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