Skip to comments.Top Iranian reformer to challenge Ahmadinejad, reports say (Khatami)
Posted on 02/08/2009 11:32:29 AM PST by nickcarraway
Ending weeks of speculation, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced Sunday that he will run against the hardline incumbent, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Iranian media reports.
"I declare that I will stand for the next elections," Khatami told reporters on Sunday, according to Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA.
Khatami, a leading reformist, had indicated for weeks that he intended to run in the June elections.
Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency also reported that Khatami formally declared his candidacy on Sunday.
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We heard this crap before. Khatami was a “reformer” who sent bands of thugs onto Iranian university campuses to attack unarmed students who took him at his word.
If he does beat out nutjob, what would this mean for the nuclear program?
Oh, he’d stop it in its tracks, of course!
NOTHING AT ALL. Business as usual. The mullahs make the rules.
Nahhh, he’s stop it, and the world will be full of lemon drops, rainbows and butterflies.
Just like The One promised...
Politics in Iran can only create a muslim who will either send his brother or his next door neighbor to die for allah.
When if finally produces a leader who will die for allah, then Iran will be gone.
I am hoping for the last, soon.
A “reformer” will win. The mullah regime wants to set in place a “good cop” partner for Obama. By this Obama can save face when making huge concessions to the islamic regime. The writing is on the wall. The difference between a “conservative” and a “reformer” in the islamic regime is the same as between Stalin and Brezhnev.
Damn! That’s why!
Khatami is a fraud as BO’s been a fraud. This is all the mullahs’ version of good cop/bad cop charade they play on the people inside and outside Iran and which no one in Iran falls for any longer. Khatami is a joke to Iranians.
As biden declared over the weekend the era of Bush is over. No more regime change. The Iran hot potato has been officially handed over on a silver platter to the EU business partners of the mullahs which they fought so hard for, and now life goes back to status quo of the last thirty years.
So here we go again w/ Christian Amanpour and promotion of Khatami once again!
Good points. Please read my post.
They have an interesting system where they count your vote, but they disqualify/murder anyone who doesn’t carry the values and virtues of the glorious Islamic Revolution. So, if you have a mayor or something who isn’t doing a good job, you can remove them from office. If you have a president and military-theocracy complex that wants to blow up the world, then you’re not as fortunate.
Khatami could be worse than Ahmadinejad. I fear a wolf in sheep’s clothing more than a wolf.
“They have an interesting system where they count your vote, but they disqualify/murder anyone who doesnt carry the values and virtues of the glorious Islamic Revolution.”
Substitute “Islamic Revolution” for “leftist” and it sound like the system they have in California on Prop 8.
Exactly. Despite how much Christiane Amanpour froths at the mouth in adulation at his mention, when Khatami was in power, Iran had the exact same stance on supporting Hezbollah.
Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s former president,
to stand in elections against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Telegraph | 2/8/2009
Posted on 02/08/2009 5:19:53 PM PST by bruinbirdman
New boss, same as the old boss, same as the older boss...
I still find it striking, though, how out of sync the government of Iran seems to be with the people. I see it as: there’s a whole new generation of younger Iranians that seem to want nothing to do with the hardline Islamic rule of the dying generation. And there’s not much of a surviving generation between them. If I recall correctly, they lost almost a whole generation of young men in the wars with Iraq and such, a generation of men that would now be middle-aged, such that the demographics of Iran have a bulge in the younger ages, and a bulge in the oldest, with a valley in the middle.
Can anybody calibrate me on that?