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Iran’s President faces growing opposition at home

This report today suggests that many people and legislators in Iran – not just the reformers – are starting to grow increasingly critical of President Ahmadinejad and his policies:

Internal dissent appears to be brewing in Iran around the country’s controversial president as conservative and reform politicians are openly questioning his leadership. Reports from Iran suggest at least two recent documents written by legislators criticize President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his handling of the nuclear crisis and the country’s faltering economy.

Not the least of which is the Supreme Religious Leader:

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blames Ahmadinejad for UN sanctions imposed on Iran last month for its failure to suspend uranium enrichment.

When the head Ayatollah is blaming you for things, your tenure might not be for much longer. Iranian newspaper editorials are also speaking out against the President:

“Your language is so offensive … that it shows that the nuclear issue is being dealt with a sort of stubbornness,” Jomhuri-e-Eslami said in a recent editorial.

It would be very good for Iran if they could ditch Ahmadinejad, not only because it would be better for the region, but because it would take away a primary excuse… er.. reason… away from Bush’s neo-conservatives to try launching an attack there, as rumblings suggest they might.


7 comments to Iran’s President faces growing opposition at home

  • FurGaia

    Scott, I should have added that Rafsanjani is a political rival of Ahmadinejad. It is therefore no small matter that he is the one calling for national unity and for support of the revolution, both important to Ahmadinejad.

  • FurGaia

    Scott, when it comes to Iran, I prefer to make up my mind based on multiple sources and not only those emanating from “USRAEL” that has been demonizing all that stand in its way towards global hegemony. Like this recent article below (that I have quoted in full since links sometimes “killed”):

    Rafsanjani calls for vigilance vis-a-vis United States
    Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA


    Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that given the US failure to achieve its goals in the region, it is seeking to embark on a new adventure to cover up its defeat and urged the need for vigilance.

    According to a report released by EC Public Relations Department on Monday, he made the remark in a meeting with members of the headquarters in charge of Fajr ceremonies.

    Turning to the enemies hue and cry over Iran’s nuclear issue, he said that today the political situation is quite sensitive at the international level.

    Meanwhile, he said that the enemies of the Islamic Republic aim to sow seed of discord among Iranians, adding that under the present conditions, the need for national unity is fundamental.

    “We should not let some parties to damage the significant principle of national unity by fanning the flame of racial, religious and political discords.

    “The enemies of the Islamic Revolution especially count on disruption of generation in the country and are seeking to promote the idea that Iran’s young generation does not support the revolution,” he added.

    Rafsanjani referred to introduction of the Islamic Revolution to the youth as a divine principle, which will strengthen it.

    Elsewhere in his remarks, he pointed to the recent twin elections and noted that the analysis of cast votes and people’s wide turnout show that the Iranians have special confidence in the experienced revolutionary forces, which is a good reason to reject any disruption of generation.


  • Furgaia:

    What exactly is in that report that you object to? I certainly see nothing wrong with it. Are you disputing that Iran and the rest of the region wouldn’t be better off with Ahmadinejad gone?

  • FurGaia

    CBC reports again using “files from the Associated Press”! Enough said. That is not to say that Ahmadinejad does not have problems. What head of state does not have them? Iran after all is a democracy albeit within the limits set by its own particular state apparatus. It does have an Opposition whose role is not to play nice with Ahmadinejad.

    CBC somehow has been integrated within the US/Israel propaganda machine. It now aims to prepare the public for the upcoming mess instead of helping us to better grasp the situation. I find that outrageous and scary.

  • I agree with both Robert and John.

    There has always been a strong legitimate reform movement in Iran; it is needed, and Ahmadinejad may be provoking it.

    None of that changes the fact that U.S. designs on Iran have always been as dangerous as they are now. Some of the coming destabilization we are likely to see will not be coming from the homegrown reformers but from the usual suspects. U.S. special forces and, no doubt, CIA agents and money are already going in over the northern border with Pakistan (which partly explains why Bush doesn’t give a damn whether Musharraf tries to corral the Taliban).

    Clearly, the best people to be leading reform in Iran would be the Iranians — what an idea, eh? — but just as clearly, the Bush administration are not going to give them that chance. The U.S. couldn’t possibly afford to have Iran run by Iranians.

  • “…it would take away a primary excuse… er.. reason… away from Bush’s neo-conservatives to try launching an attack there, as rumblings suggest they might.”

    No, it wouldn’t. Whoever replaces Ahmedinejad is likely to be just as anti-Israel and anti-American. Because whoever replaces Ahmedinejad is still going to be (odds are) from Iran.

    The point about Ahmedinejad is not that he’s crazy, and therefore dangerous. Ahmedinejad is well within the norm of Iranian leaders — Khatami and his predecessors said things at least as bad as Ahmedinejad.

    The point is that the Americans needed a reason to start rattling sabres, and glommed on to A as a reason. They’ll glom on to his replacement, whoever he is.

    The desire to attack Iran predated A’s presidency, and will outlast it. These people want a war, and one little man with a bad fashion sense doesn’t change that fact.

  • Sorry, but I’m not buying what Iran is trying to sell. This is state propaganda designed to sell the idea to the west that Ahmadinejad is a lone wolf acting on his own without any support from the real powers or people in Iran.

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