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Thought this would be an interesting opinion article .
Interesting coments at the BBC Website:
Have Your Say--How big a challenge is sermon to Iran's leader?
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
Rafsanjani is just cruising to become a martyr
posted on 07/18/2009 5:03:30 PM PDT
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Other then those that have actually been part of the inner works within the upper echelon of theocratic power in Iran, most probably no one understands the intricate person to person relationships among the top group of Mullah.
For all we know they may think little of one another in the reality of things but stay bound to keep one another rich, fat, and content. And we really do not know just how much credence they hold one supreme authority in hand. That is... do they play games... where they pretend the Supreme Leader welds ultimate power, surely a activity not shared by all sects of the Islamic cult, in order to allow for some resemblance of order within their theocratic society, or do they actually believe the Supreme Leader somehow is special in the eye's of the black rock idol, and therefore cannot be challenged.
It probably comes down to the long held view that they are nothing but a bunch of self serving thugs, that use their so called religion as an excuse to rule over their subjects, and therefore are subject to the whims of any criminal type.
If the later suggestion is within the reality of things then perhaps Raffy is actually setting himself up to take charge.
He has made it clear now, that the Grand Ayatollah Khameni's declaration that allah has given his blessings upon the recent election, is camel shit.
Therefore the GAK must not have a direct line to allah, therefore he can get trashed if required.
And Raffy also made it clear that he knew the likes of the GA Khomenei way back when. Sort of a slap in the face if you ask me.
One things now seems for sure. The core groups of protesters have not really dwindled. Most likely they are increasing in numbers nation wide.
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