From the Tehran Ticker:
Iran’s conservative forces don’t limit themselves to rejecting any rapprochement with the U.S. — they are pretty hard on the Europeans as well.
The head of the paramilitary Basij organization, a less refined version of the Revolutionary Guards, has predicted the end of “the European race.”
“The European race, just like the dinosaurs, is in the process of extinction,” said Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, according to Fars News agency. Speaking at a cultural event about Iran’s clothing, Naghdi blamed the Europeans’ decline on “the prevalence of homosexuality and living with animals.”
“If 100 years from now, you want to find the European race, you will have to send a research team because they have a declining birth rate,” Naghdi said. “Their economy, culture and morals is in complete decline.”
In May, in a speech to a group of women, Iran’s Supreme Leader said the Europeans are cold-hearted killers and savages.
“The Euroana race is a wild race,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “They kill easily and commit murder in cold blood.”
Ironically, Iranian conservatives are calling for a boycott of the nation’s nuclear talks with world powers unless Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the top U.S. negotiator, is removed for making what they say was an insulting comment about Iran.
On Oct.3, during a briefing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sherman, the third-ranking U.S. diplomat, said while discussing the history of nuclear talks with Iran: “We know that deception is part of the DNA.”
Sherman later told senators: “I don’t trust the people who sit across the table from me in these negotiations.”
In a front-page editorial, the Kayhan newspaper, which is close to Khamenei, called for Iran to boycott the negotiations if Sherman was present.