Skip to comments.Iran: New President, New Direction? – OpEd
Posted on 05/20/2013 9:36:38 AM PDT by Ghost of Jesus Gil
Now the Iranian constitution requires a new president to be elected, and Rafsanjanis entry into the contest radically alters what was previously seen as a contest between rival conservative groups. Not that Rafsanjani currently is more than a relative moderate currently, because in his time he has veered sharply from side to side across Irans political spectrum; and relatively moderate because, although he now favours a domestic free market, privatization of state-owned industries, and a moderate position internationally, he is still sought by the Argentinian government for ordering the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in which 85 people were killed and hundreds injured; while in 1997, during the trial in Germany into an assassination of Iranian opposition activists in Berlins Mykono restaurant, it was declared that Rafsanjani (then president of Iran) along with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and others had authorised the operation. Rafsanjani, moreover, still supports Irans nuclear program although he has indicated that he would be much more flexible than Ahmadinejad in negotiating with the UN, the US and the West about its future.
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I trust Rafsanjani about as far as I could throw him.
People need to remember is just because he is called President he is not Head of State, only Chief of the Government.
The Ayatollah Khomeini is Head of State.
Actually, it's Khamenei.
So Iran elects a new president and its an excuse for their useful idiots in the US media to claim that Iran is going in a new, more moderate direction. Iran gets some diplomatic mileage out of it before everyone realizes that Iran has not changed and is still doing the same old stuff it did before. It happens over and over but the US MSM still writes stories about a “new direction” when someone new comes in who claims to be moderate.
Aren’t you special?
Yes, I kinda am. ;)
Thanks GoJG. Beheading the mullahcracy via smart bombs — or better yet, nudging an asteroid into an Iranian ground zero — would also lead to a change in Iranian leadership, just sayin’.