July 17, 2009

Don't Forget Iran

Iran is in turmoil again. I'm busy with something else at the moment, but Nico Pitney is on it.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 17, 2009 2:43 PM

Tehran Bureau is also on it -- I find this a very good resource. do the whole http:// and then tehranbureau.com/friday-prayers-updates/

Maybe that will get past your infernal link-sniffers.

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at July 17, 2009 3:00 PM

Rafsanjani’s sermons demonstrated the glaring fissures in the leadership of the Islamic Republic. The fact that, (a) he called the present conditions a crisis; (b) acknowledged that many clerics and ayatollahs are unhappy with what has happened, contrary to the claims by the hard-liners that the clergy are unified behind them; © stated that whatever he speaks of are the results of his consultations with two powerful organ of the Islamic Republic, namely, the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts; (d) he did not mention even once the Supreme Leader; (e) he acknowledged that people doubt the election, that people’s trust in the system had been destroyed, and he blamed the Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic and the Guardian Council for it, and (f) always contrasted what the hard-liners do with what the Prophet and Imam Ali did, in order to demonstrate the falsehood of their claims that they are the true followers of the two revered Islamic figures, demonstrated that he has sided with the people in the crisis. That is bound to reinvigorate the democratic movement.

Also, by reminding the hard-liners that when people did not want Imam Ali to govern them after the Prophet, he stayed home for 19 years and did not intervene in politics, he implicitly told Ayatollah Khamenei (without naming him) that, “If people do not want you, leave them alone.” This is particularly important in the view of the fact that the hard-liners refer to Ayatollah Khamenei as “the era’s Ali,” meaning that he acts according to Imam Ali’s teachings and life.

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at July 17, 2009 3:22 PM

Oh, boy, every single religion gets its share of crazy prophets. And, here, in Iran, those who came to power following the fall of the Shah, have no interest in seeing their powers abated.

Is it possible that Islam will finally take a hit for this lunacy? It seems to me there are lots of people who may tell you they adhere to the religion ... but people have been known to "pay it lip service." Before their own children grow and walk away.

I always thought Islam offered compliant women. And, a feeling of community. No matter where you went and lived. This was once its strong suit.

And, then? Well for the Saud's, their unbelievable oil wealth has led to their insanity. I guess if you get rich enough no one can tell you that you're lacking leadership skills?

But to pull such a voter fraud? And, not to notice, with such little choice, the people of Iran went out to vote against Ahmadinijad? He "won" two elections by fraud. And, I'm not talking a mere 312 votes. I'm talking there never was a fair count! Millions were told their votes weren't important. Just the game. Khamenei is one crazy fella. He thought he could get away with his "divine" will. I think he lost the bet.

Posted by: Carol_Herman Author Profile Page at July 17, 2009 6:25 PM
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