Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:58 pm Post subject: Iranian Pres Ahmadinejad - Too radical even for the clerics.
In a well-sourced frontpage article in today's (Oct 13/06) Wall Street Journal, the author describes two power centres in Iran: one around the democratically elected hardline elements led by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the second around the (now aging) clerics who wield enormous (but unelected) control over just about every facet of Iranian life.
Ayatollah Khatami - who is the de facto boss of Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader of Iran - has manoeuvred to place his man Larijani as the point man for all nuclear negotiations mainly to counter the increasingly bizarre pronouncements from the President. However, it appears that the hardline elements who favour an all out nuclear program may be winning the power struggle.
Surprisingly, the article seems to conclude that the Iranian President may not be quite as crazy as he sounds. He may be using those outlandish statements to burnish his conservative credentials and corral support among the hardline clergy elements who favor a more muscular Iranian influence in the Middle East.
Imagine that! Even the clerics - the disciples of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution - find Ahmadinejad just a bit too radical.
The political faction Ahmadinejad represents in iran is already powerless but we have to make sure they will never become any stronger and by the way regime change in Iran must be a policy for the free world.
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Iranian Pres Ahmadinejad - Too radical even for the clerics.