Khamenei Alive, Well & Pursuing Nukes?

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The regime says he’s alive. Maybe he is.
Here is the photo of Khamenei released today, January 8, 2007, on the left…

And, here is a 2005 photo of Khamenei on the right.
Interesting.

(Original post starts here)
Well, he ain’t dead

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives a speech in Tehran, under a portrait of Iran’s late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. 1-8-2007(AFP)

It looks like the reports that the leader of Iran was dead are not to be.
Ayatollah Khamenei gave a speech today in Tehran on Iran’s right to nukes:

“The Iranian nation undoubtedly will not refrain from their right (to nuclear energy) and the country’s officials do not have the right to refrain from the nation’s right,” Khamenei said in a speech on state television Monday.

Oh well.
Pajamas Media has a roundup of Khamenei sightings.

Update:
This is interesting…
Here’s a photo of the Ayatollah posted in September 2005:

Khamenei’s website has not updated with any photos from today’s reported appearance.
If he is alive, he must be an easy man to shop for.

Winston is following the Iranian news on Khamenei’s appearance.
Michael Ledeen is not convinced yet of Khamenei’s appearance today from his sources in Iran and Europe.

Here’s a side-by-side of the two shots:

2007 on the left- 2005 on the right.

Here’s another one:
An AP Photo of Khomenei today, January 8, 2007, is on the right…

…On the left is a photo of Khamenei posted at Khamenei.ir on December 13, 2006.

More:
Kamangir has more pictures from today’s appearance including this one:

And, here is a picture of Khamenei on December 13, 2006:

From Khamenei.ir

Another:
Mehr News today as linked at Kamangir on right…

… And, back on December 13, 2006 from Khamenei.ir on left.

Well… the old codger lives, but it wouldn’t be the first time the regime doctored photos. That’s for sure.

The AP’s article today is not correct:

On Monday, Khamenei addressed hundreds of citizens of Qom, a holy city 80 miles south of Tehran, who gathered outside his residence in the city center.

Speaking from a first-story balcony, Khamenei reiterated that Iran would never back down on its enrichment of uranium, a process that produces the ingredients for nuclear reactors as well as weapons. Last month, the U.N. Security Council imposed limited trade sanctions on Iran because it refused to halt enrichment.

That is of course, unless his first floor balcony has drapes and the city center is indoors.
Michael Ledeen has very interesting updates.

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