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Iran Continuing Purge of Reformers
ABC News ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI

Posted on 11/02/2005 2:05:24 PM PST by Ben Mugged

Iran's government announced Wednesday that 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including supporters of warmer ties with the West, will be fired, continuing a purge of reformers as the regime takes an increasingly tough stance at home and abroad.

The diplomatic changes are part of a government shake-up by ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that includes putting Islamic hard-liners in key posts at security agencies. Some Iranians the president will bring back strict social policies.

~snip~ "He wants to remove any official or diplomat with liberal thinking or anybody who backs better relations with the West," said political analyst Davoud Hermidas Bavand.

Officials at the Foreign Ministry also said the ambassadors to France, Germany and Malaysia all with links to moderates would be fired. The officials agreed to discuss the firings only on condition of anonymity, because they are not authorized to speak to journalists.

"We have to continue our confrontation with the United States and Israel," the hard-line newspaper Jomhuri Eslami said in an editorial.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: hardliners; iran; middleeast
On Wednesday, more than 10,000 demonstrators shouted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in front of the former U.S. Embassy the largest such demonstration in years.

Hard-liners organize protests at the site annually to mark the anniversary of the embassy's seizure on Nov. 4, 1979, by militants who held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. The United States broke relations with Tehran after the takeover, and they have not been restored.A Jimmy Carter legacy.....


1 posted on 11/02/2005 2:05:25 PM PST by Ben Mugged
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To: Ben Mugged

I love how the word "purge" when it comes to government can bet treated with an absent inflection, but the mention of retaliation of any sort, military, sanction, or diplomatic isolation is considered extreme.

OH! how noble the world when "purge" with all of it's soviet communist inflection is less offensive than "sanction"


2 posted on 11/02/2005 2:07:44 PM PST by wickedpinto (The road map to peace is a straight line down an Israeli rifle.)
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To: Ben Mugged

This new President of Iran, is sure making it easy for the folks that want to make war against him and his government.

Semper Fi


3 posted on 11/02/2005 2:08:36 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Ben Mugged

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4 posted on 11/02/2005 2:08:50 PM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: Ben Mugged

He also is unnerving the oil markets with his pick for Oil minister.


http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2005/11/02/afx2313994.html


Iran's president criticised over oil ministry candidate
11.02.2005, 09:09 AM

TEHRAN (AFX) - Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came in for fresh criticism after nominating a hardliner with no oil experience for the key government post of oil minister.

Ahmadinejad was seeking parliamentary approval for four new ministers, two months after his first nominees were rejected. Although dominated by hardliners and conservatives, the legislature had refused to bless Ahmadinejad's initial choices on the grounds that they lacked the necessary experience.

According to the semi-official Fars news agency, oil portfolio nominee Seyed Sadegh Mahsouli is, like Ahmadinejad, a veteran of the Revolutionary Guards -- an elite ideological army which has steadily been encroaching on national politics.

Mahsouli has served in provincial government posts and as a deputy defence minister in charge of planning, the report said, but added he appeared to have zero experience of the crucial oil sector.

Iran is OPEC's second producer and oil accounts for 80 percent of export revenues.


5 posted on 11/02/2005 2:09:42 PM PST by penelopesire
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On Wednesday, more than 10,000 demonstrators shouted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in front of the former U.S. Embassy the largest such demonstration in years.

In a country of 67 million, he could only round up 10,000 anti-American demonstrators? Cindy Sheehan managed to garner 100,000 (or so she said).
6 posted on 11/02/2005 2:11:20 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
In a country of 67 million, he could only round up 10,000 anti-American demonstrators? Cindy Sheehan managed to garner 100,000 (or so she said).

Maybe we should offer to trade them our slimy communists for their slimy hard liners....

7 posted on 11/02/2005 2:13:52 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Sins can be forgiven but stupid is forever.)
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To: Ben Mugged

I was reading a month old magazine at lunchtime; there was an article about how great the new Iranian president would be, that now the west finally had someone they could work with.


8 posted on 11/02/2005 2:18:07 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: Ben Mugged

"~snip~ "He wants to remove any official or diplomat with liberal thinking or anybody who backs better relations with the West," "

Actually that should read this way:

"He wants to remove any official or anybody who backs better relations with the West and install diplomats with liberal thinking to the degree of the American Left."


9 posted on 11/02/2005 2:18:20 PM PST by BlueStateDepression
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To: Ben Mugged

It is clear that the fanatically Islamist Iranian government is hell-bent on a path to war with us. They are working with China and Russia to gain credible military power and at least the public perception of an ability to inflict destruction on directly on US territory.

Russia and China will be happy to see Iran instigate a war against the West, and the US in particular. It will overburden our military, and will make China's takeover of Taiwan a fait accompli any time China wants to declare it so.

Iran is very close to becoming a nuclear power, albeit a small one. But with Russian and Chinese support, they will be a dangerous enemy.

I do not know if war against Iraq makes tactical sense, but one way or the other, we have to stop them.

The obviously impending melt-down economic meltdown arising from their ineptitude (talking about hanging stock market speculators, etc.) might solve the problem for us, or else make it worse. It could turn Iran into a far more bellicose, aggressive and much better resourced version of North Korea.

I assume that the Bush administration has studied and planned for all kinds of war scenarios with respect to Iran, but wish there were a way I could feel more confident about America's ability to handle this threat.


10 posted on 11/02/2005 2:24:52 PM PST by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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To: BlueStateDepression
...anybody who backs better relations with the West

Actually, that is liberal thinking in the wacky world of Islam.

While in the U.S., Conservatives long for the days of small government and the traditions of family and integrity and honor and rugged individualism...conservatives in Islam want a return to 7th century tribal customs.

11 posted on 11/02/2005 2:34:38 PM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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