There are still bad people in the pistachio business
IIRC Rafsanjani was the one we dealt with in Iran/Contra.
Rough Son of Johnnie, who’s yo’ Daddy?
Rafsanjani’s old-school greedy, pragmatic, and corrupt. That’s soooooo much better than full blown nut cases like I’madinnerjacket... Thanks for the ping.
Overall, an uninteresting & predictable development. Yet, meaningful so far as Rafsanjani & his cronies are concerned, in their desire to keep the overall Islamic regime & establishment in tact.
Where would these regime cronies (hardliner, conservative, principalist, traditionalist, pragmatist or reformist) seek sanctuary should the regime fall ? Russia, Syria, S. America, Indonesia, Africa, Malaysia, S. Arabia, etc..?? Many of them are already in the U.S.A, the UK & Canada - With all their billions stashed away in various locations they could even buy an Island or three of their own, if they havent already. They are like a chameleon.
Btw, 1983 only refers to the first *formal* election & convening of the Assembly of Experts (for Leadership) post-approved-Islamic-Constitution. The original Assembly of Experts * for Constitution* (73 members vs. 86 members since 1983) was formed in summer of 1979 to consider the initial draft Constitution & to re-write it in accordance with much stricter Islamic guidelines, laws & principles. This Constitution later was approved in a public referendum in December 1979.
Today, the Assembly of Experts draws its representatives (aka vultures) from most Iranian provinces. It has its key *meeting place* (headquarters) in Tehran. Similar to Qom, it should be another significant place long overdue for serious reconstruction.
The position probably gave him a mouthpiece to blast the regime and some protection. Anyone want to start a betting pool on how long it will take until his corpse is found in some dark alley in Tehran?
I wonder how similar this is to Stalin’s purges.