“I am for freedom of speech but not the freedom to insult,” said Hajji Ilgar, an imam at Baku’s Jama Old City mosque.
Ilgar’s feathers were ruffled by a newspaper article that blamed Islam for Azerbaijan’s lagging economic development. An Iranian cleric has demanded the death of the two authors. Demonstrations have erupted both in Azerbaijan and Iran.
Many Azeris openly suspect that the Tehran regime is actively undermining their country’s “secularity and stability by fomenting Islamic extremism.”
If this is way the Militant Islamist regime throws its weight around now, imagine what the mullahs will do should they defeat the US in Iraq and acquire nuclear weapons. An Azeri diplomat recently confided to me that there is increasingly concern on this score.
Azerbaijan has substantial energy reserves.