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Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Tavassoli, a former head of Khomeini's office, died while delivering the speech to Iran's main arbitration body, the Expediency Council, of which he was a member, the Kargozaran daily reported.

He had been responding to unprecedented ultra-conservative attacks against Hassan Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's respected grandson, who had criticised mass disqualifications in the March election and military interference.


Contrary to most of the posts on this thread, this is not good news. The man who died was protesting against the disqualification of more moderate candidates for the next election. So his death will be taken as a sign that God wants the 7th century hardliners to remain in power.
50 posted on 02/17/2008 3:30:29 PM PST by goldfinch
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To: goldfinch; nuconvert; SunkenCiv; Straight Vermonter; jeffers; Cap Huff; Saberwielder; ...
Contrary to most of the posts on this thread, this is not good news. The man who died was protesting against the disqualification of more moderate candidates for the next election. So his death will be taken as a sign that God wants the 7th century hardliners to remain in power.

Yes, you are right. Tavassoli belonged to the same party as the former President Khatami the Association of Combatant Clerics (sure, a very silly name) i.e. part of the “reformist groups” in Iran. He was strongly against Ahmadinejad.

There are two grandsons of Khomeini: Hassan Khomeini that is the person mentioned in this article, and in this article:

“Cuban President Fidel Castro is accompanied by Hajj Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, as he leads more than 1.2 million Cubans in the largest anti-U.S. protest in four decades of hostilities, July 26, 2001. The march was billed by the ruling Communist Party as a protest against all U.S. “aggressions and crimes’ since Castro’s 1959 revolution. Khomeini is in Cuba as part of an Iranian delegation visiting on Castro’s invite.”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/524670/posts
However, I think that Hassan today has a somewhat different opinion than he had some year ago.

The other grandson is Hossein Komeini http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossein_Khomeini In 2006, on the Al-Arabiya television station, Hossein called for American destruction of the Islamic Republic by invasion.

The election is March 14, and it will be a tough fight between the followers of Ahmadinejad, the conservatives like Hassan Khomeiny and the reformers that nowadays have the super corrupt billionaire Rafsanjani on their side. My bet is on Rafsanjani.

The politics in Iran is a very complicated issue and normal western classifications can not be used. Many crazy mullahs are subscribers of free economy and many reformists are really left wing nuts. We should ask Radio Farda etc to broadcast Milton Freedman's "Free to choose" etc. in Farsi.

58 posted on 02/18/2008 4:13:52 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: goldfinch
So his death will be taken as a sign that God wants the 7th century hardliners to remain in power.

Yeah. *shrug* They were going to cling to power anyway. We are in for bad times any way you cut it.

May as well "Laugh-a while you-a can, Monkeyboy!" < /Dr. Emilio Lizardo>

87 posted on 02/19/2008 8:59:31 AM PST by null and void (Donít panic, they have the news under control.)
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To: goldfinch

From wiki

“He was a member of The Combatant Clerics League which was part of the left-wing view favoring a focus ‘on exporting the revolution and calling for the state’s monopoly over the economy.’”

Some moderate...


98 posted on 02/19/2008 1:44:35 PM PST by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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