Skip to comments.Rafsanjani fans flames of dissent
Posted on 07/18/2009 4:50:02 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Mr Rafsanjani's first public comments since the election were eagerly awaited.
It was clear the government was extremely nervous: media coverage of Friday prayers was restricted.
Some journalists and opposition supporters reported problems over being allowed access to the ceremony at Tehran University.
No doubt there was a fierce battle behind the scenes for him to be allowed to speak.
Since the election more moderate voices appear to have been sidelined as the rota of Friday prayer speakers was drawn up.
Even some opposition members were uncertain about whether he would offer them support.
Mr Rafsanjani played his trump card: his friendship with Ayatollah Khomeini
In the end they may be satisfied that he kept their grievances alive.
By calling for an open debate about the election result, Mr Rafsanjani was almost openly challenging the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Four weeks ago, from the same pulpit, Mr Khamenei called for an end to discussion about an election result which he declared had been blessed by God.
Former President Rafsanjani played his trump card, by referring to his friendship with the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.
He quoted Ayatollah Khomeini in ways that appeared to support the opposition's right to demonstrate.
Mr Rafsanjani even called for protesters who have been arrested to be released from prison.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
Former Iranian President Rafsanjani has reopened the debate about the country's disputed presidential election. How much of a challenge is this to the supreme leader?
In his first sermon at Friday prayers since the election, Mr Rafsanjani said many Iranians doubted the official election results and said this had created a 'crisis'.
Mr Rafsanjani called for the release of people detained during the post-election unrest and said media restrictions should be eased.
Outside Tehran University where he was speaking, police used tear gas and batons to disperse supporters of the opposition leader.
How much of a challenge is Mr Rafsanjani's sermon to Iran's supreme leader? Do you think his call for the release of prisoners will be heeded? How will his sermon be received by president Ahmadinejad?
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Published: Friday, 17 July, 2009, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Those people want to be free and they have shed their blood in the effort...and they keep coming back. It's not over by a long shot.
That's because George Bush's legacy endures in the Mid East, despite, and in spite of Obama, and THAT is Obama's real dilema.
It was George Bush's policy of direct engagement and support of liberty that has led to the people of Iran seeing the measure of freedom now established on both sides of them in Iraq and Afghjanistan...and desiring it for themselves.
Obama cannot possibly go too far in recognizing that, or he absolutely repudiates himself and his entire foreign policy.
So the fight in Iran goes on, even weeks after the major events.
Others were not.
While brave Iranians are slaughtered in the street by their own government as they seek liberty, Obama disinvited Iranian officials to American 4th of July celebration.
Meanwhile, they are axing students to death.
Young Woman (Neda) shot to death in Terhran. 6/20/2009
Crowd Hunting Basij, Man shot. 6/20/2009
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"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.
"Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are -- the future leaders of your free country.
"The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."
George W. Bush Jan 2005
Rafsanjani is just cruising to become a martyr
Might be the most Honorable thing he has ever done!
He just gave Khamenei a thumbs up (Iranian version of the middle finger).
Cracks are forming in the regime. How long till it collapses is the question....