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Posted on 07/20/2006 2:57:56 PM PDT by gallaxyglue
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Who is Ahmadinejad?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Irans new President has a past mired in controversy Sat. 25 Jun 2005 Iran Focus
Tehran, Jun. 25 Ahmadinejad? Whos he?
This was the typical reaction of most Iranians a day after the first round of presidential elections in Iran, when they heard that the two candidates facing each other in the run-off were veteran politician Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the little-known, ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Last weeks surprise was all forgotten by the much bigger shock on Friday, when Ahmadinejad defeated the former President and iconic figure in the ruling theocracy in a landslide victory that consolidated power in the hands of the ruling Islamic clerics.
With spotlights now trained on the small, bearded figure in a trademark dilapidated grey suit, Ahmadinejads murky past is causing deep anxiety in Iran and growing concern abroad over the new Presidents policies and orientation.
Born in the desert town of Garmsar, east of Tehran, in 1956, Ahmadinejad was the fourth child of a working class family with seven children. His father, who was a blacksmith, moved the family to Tehran when Ahmadinejad was barely a year old. He was brought up in the rough neighbourhoods of south Tehran, where a cocktail of poverty, frustration and xenophobia in the heydays of the Shahs elitist regime provided fertile grounds for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.
After finishing high school, Ahmadinejad went to Elm-o Sanaat University in 1975 to study engineering. Soon the whirlwind of Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini swept him from the classroom to the mosque and he joined a generation of firebrand Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to the cause of an Islamic world revolution.
Student activists in Elm-o Sanaat University at the time of the Iranian revolution were dominated by ultra-conservative Islamic fundamentalists. Ahmadinejad soon became one of their leaders and founded the Islamic Students Association in that university after the fall of the Shahs regime.
In 1979, he became the representative of Elm-o Sanaat students in the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, which later became known as the OSU. The OSU was set up by Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who was at the time Khomeinis top confidant and a key figure in the clerical leadership. Beheshti wanted the OSU to organise Islamist students to counter the rapidly rising influence of the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) among university students.
The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen (Mahmoud) Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Mohsen Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.
According to other OSU officials, when the idea of storming the U.S. embassy in Tehran was raised in the OSU central committee by Mirdamadi and Abdi, Ahmadinejad suggested storming the Soviet embassy at the same time. A decade later, most OSU leaders re-grouped around Khatami but Ahmadinejad remained loyal to the ultra-conservatives.
During the crackdown on universities in 1980, which Khomeini called the Islamic Cultural Revolution, Ahmadinejad and the OSU played a critical role in purging dissident lecturers and students many of whom were arrested and later executed. Universities remained closed for three years and Ahmadinejad joined the Revolutionary Guards.
In the early 1980s, Ahmadinejad worked in the Internal Security department of the IRGC and earned notoriety as a ruthless interrogator and torturer. According to the state-run website Baztab, allies of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami have revealed that Ahmadinejad worked for some time as an executioner in the notorious Evin Prison, where thousands of political prisoners were executed in the bloody purges of the 1980s.
In 1986, Ahmadinejad became a senior officer in the Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards and was stationed in Ramazan Garrison near Kermanshah in western Iran. Ramazan Garrison was the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards extra-territorial operations, a euphemism for terrorist attacks beyond Irans borders.
In Kermanshah, Ahmadinejad became involved in the clerical regimes terrorist operations abroad and led many extra-territorial operations of the IRGC. With the formation of the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the IRGC, Ahmadinejad became one of its senior commanders. He was the mastermind of a series of assassinations in the Middle East and Europe, including the assassination of Iranian Kurdish leader Abdorrahman Qassemlou, who was shot dead by senior officers of the Revolutionary Guards in a Vienna flat in July 1989. Ahmadinejad was a key planner of the attack, according to sources in the Revolutionary Guards.
Ahmadinejad served for four years as the governor of the towns of Maku and Khoy in northwestern Iran. In 1993, he was appointed by Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance Ali Larijani, a fellow officer of the Revolutionary Guards, as his cultural adviser. Months later, he was appointed as the governor of the newly-created Ardebil Province.
In 1997, the newly-installed Khatami administration removed Ahmadinejad from his post and he returned to Elm-o Sanaat University to teach, but his principal activity was to organize Ansar-e Hezbollah, a radical gang of violent Islamic vigilantes.
Since becoming mayor of Tehran in April 2003, Ahmadinejad has been using his position to build up a strong network of radical Islamic fundamentalists organised as Abadgaran-e Iran-e Islami (literally, Developers of an Islamic Iran). Working in close conjunction with the Revolutionary Guards, Abadgaran was able to win the municipal elections in 2003 and the parliamentary election in 2004. They owed their victories as much to low turnouts and general disillusionment with the moderate faction of the regime as to their well-oiled political and military machinery.
Abadgaran bills itself as a group of young neo-Islamic fundamentalists who want to revive the ideals and policies of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. It was one of several ultra-conservative groups that were setup on the orders of Ayatollah Khamenei in order to defeat outgoing President Mohammad Khatamis faction after the parliamentary elections in February 2000.
Ahmadinejads record is typical of the men chosen by Khameneis entourage to put a new face on the clerical elites ultra-conservative identity. But beyond the shallow façade, few doubt that the Islamic Republic under its new President will move with greater speed and determination along the path of radical policies that include more human rights abuses, continuing sponsorship of terrorism, and the drive to obtain nuclear weapons.
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He said Ahmadinejad was "the worst of the bunch" and a cruel and evil man who took sadistic pleasure in mentally and physically harming the hostages.
Ahmedinejihad's background sounds remarkably like that of the early Saddam Hussein. It's far more violent than that of the early Hitler, for example. He's nothing but a sociopathic killer, and one of the most dangerous men ever to get control of a populous and wealthy nation. He should not be dismissed as some kind of joke.
Imagine the terror he would unleash on the West--if he had the technology! Believe me, he's going to try his best!
A man with no whites in his eyes...just pure coal-black.
Who is the Arrow pointing to in that picture.
Was Ahmedinejad a member of the mob which took away the Americans from our American sovereign territory at the embassy? or was he not? If he was, he declared war on us 27 years ago...
Ahmanutjob is an Islamic revolutionary - he's not a conservative of any kind, and "ultra-conservative" is the opposite of "fascist", not a synonym.
I'm guessing (an educated guess) that he was.
another thread cites stories that he was one of the guys that trained/controled the 10 and 12 year old kids they sent to the slaughter in the Iran-Iraq war.
They had tried herding animals onto the battlefield to take the brunt of Saddam's army's blows, but the animals got terrified and ran. So, instead of donkeys, they brainwashed children and had them issued chinese made plastic keys, that were billed as keys to heaven and then sent them marching to bear the brunt of the ?Republican Guard bullets.
Actually he is an ultra-conservative. In that he wants to bring back the glory days of the 6th century. :)
He might get his wish if he tries to send WMD's against Israel. He better get some Allah Viagra so he can meet his 72 Virgin brides.
I don't know. There is a question mark in red below it, so I don't whoever put the picture together knew either.
"Who is Ahmadinejad?"
The guy looks Asian. Chinese perhaps?
I remember driving in the mountains outside of Mecca during the Iran/Iraq war. Painted on a lot of big boulders were those "keys to the kingdom." While the rotten house of saud was mouthing their displeasure against the Shiite regime in Teheran in 1981, the serfs of the Magic Kingdom were clearly sympathetic with Iran.