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    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Rafsanjani. at 75


    During his decades in Iranian politics, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been praised as a pragmatist, criticized as spineless, accused of corruption and dismissed as a has-been.

    ( That didn't stop him, G )

    Now, in assailing the government’s handling of last month’s disputed presidential election, Mr. Rafsanjani, a 75-year-old cleric and former president, has cast himself in a new light: as a player with the authority to interpret the ideals of Iran’s 30-year-old Islamic republic.

    Excerpted from here:

    His views on Nukes.

    "Using his perch as a designated prayer leader on Friday to deliver the speech of a lifetime, Mr. Rafsanjani abandoned his customary caution to demand that the government release those arrested in recent weeks, ease restrictions on the media and eradicate the “doubt” the Iranian people have about the election result.

    Behind the words was the clear assertion that for the Islamic republic to survive, it must restore its legitimacy and find a formula for governing. And to establish his own legitimacy, Mr. Rafsanjani evoked his long personal and political history, and his current position as leader of two important consultative bodies."



    I don't know if I believe him, cranking it thru our Paradigm Intel
    The lure of a nuke is VERY GREAT.



    JULY 20, 2009

    Rafsanjani: all-in

    by Thomas P.M. BarnettARTICLE:
    Iranian Critic Quotes Khomeini
    Principles, By ELAINE SCIOLINO,
    New York Times, July 18, 2009
    This has been my hope for
    Rafsanjani all along. The guy is
    feeling his legacy and going for
    broke. This is a huge moment in
    the evolution-from-revolution:
    enshrining the original source
    (Lenin, Mao, Khomeini), but doing
    so in such a way as to recognize
    there is no single Stalinist
    successor but rather the potential
    for a plurality of schools.Once that
    happens, the revolution is truly
    dead and there is competition to
    see who best serves the people.
    Thus, we encounter a serious
    tipping point.
    Posted by Thomas P.M. Barnett
    on July 20, 2009 5:28 AM



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