Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
[Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invites his opponents to fight him openly, instead of targeting people close to him like Esfandiar Rahim Mashaee, his chief of staff.]
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: And then, you rascals, you have a fight with me, why have you arrested Mashaee? They openly say, ‘we want to hit Ahmadinejad’. Well, I am not that important. But be a man and have an iota of manhood. Well, we know that you are not men. You have ridiculed everything. You have wasted the religion, you have wasted God and his prophet, you have wasted all the sanctities, you have wasted historical values, you have wasted historical beliefs of a nation. For what? For having the power for a couple of days. These are nothing. Have an iota of manhood. If you want to fight me, I’m ready. But I feel pitiful.