How did he get the true peaceful teachings of Islam so wrong? How could a man spreading such heresy get promoted to such a position? His words bring to mind those of Osama bin Laden who wrote that "Moderate Islam is a prostration to the West". How could both the barbaric Sunni terrorist and this highly educated Shi'a cleric both get Islam so wrong?
Again, note the claim of victimhood in this - Muslims are under attack and are merely defending themselves from American and other influences. When I read such assertions I find it useful to recall that in the beginning Islam defended itself all the way from Saudi Arabia across the whole Middle East, Persia and Afghanistan and all of North Africa, through all of Spain and Portugal and well into France all within 100 years. All defensive warfare apparently.
Article from AhlolBayt News Agency (ABNA), which is an Iranian Shi'a news agancy.
The Supreme Leader’s [Ayatollah Khamenei] representative in Esfahan province [Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad] emphasized the fact that the revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam, saying: “Some say our Islam is not revolutionary Islam, but we must say to them that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as American Islam. Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything.”
His Eminence said that the [Iranian] Revolution was brought into existence through Islam and was led by the clergy and Imam Khomeini. “The message of Imam Khomeini advanced the Revolution
Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad stated that revolutionary Islam is this same Islam. It is the Islam that is within us that can create changes. The warriors realized that Islam is not just prayers and fasting, but rather they stood against the enemies in support of Islam. “Thus, revolutionary Islam is our constitution and our Leader acts according to religious attributes and never accepts foreign domination,” he stressed.
The statement: "Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything" arises from Sura 48 ayah 29 of the Qur'an:~
"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks [Graeme: popularly, this is the zebibah, the prayer bump on the forehead], (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward." (Yusuf Ali Translation)
Note again how the Muslims' devotion to Allah seems to lead to unbelievers being "filled with rage at them". It seems unbelievers are threatened by someone's devotion to Allah and Muhammad. Why would that be though? Why wouldn't unbelievers be glad for devotion to the true God - if the true God teaches peace and love - no harm will to come them from such a belief? Right?
More importantly though, take a second to imagine how such people are set up to see every question, every disagreement with unbelievers as arising from ill will or jealousy. This explains much of what we see whenever Islam or its prophet are put under even mild scrutiny.