There is, it seems, a power struggle going on behind the scenes, between wannabe Islamic dictators. Is there no voice for Persian nationalism? That would be discouraging; it remains to be seen. This is a tipping point; we don't know what is happening.
Firstoff, on Mousavi, I wrote of who and Mousavi really is 10 days ago.
But the movement is much bigger than Mousavi. It is not about Mousavi.
As Robert points out: Both sides in Iran claim to represent Islam:
Which is why any genuine substantial change appears unlikely.
Nonetheless, events in Iran bear close watching — after all, the Shah
ran a relatively secular state, and there is still a considerable
number of proponents of such a state in Iran. As the chaotic events
unfold, things could turn in their direction.
The NY Times reports on the “the fight within” Iran’s ruling clerical establishment:
On Sunday, I saw Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of
the establishment’s embittered éminence grise, Ali Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani. He told me his father, who despises President Mahmoud
Adhmadinejad, is fighting a furious rearguard action to have the
election annulled by the Guardian Council, the 12-member oversight body
that will pronounce this week on the election’s legality.
Rafsanjani was either the first or one of the first to call directly for the use of nukes against Israel back in December of 2001. (Iran Press) hat tip Audrey
"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world", Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told the crowd at the traditional Friday prayers in Tehran
This, he said, is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.
Every year, in a tradition introduced by the late Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomenei, Iran marks World Al-Quds (Jerusalem)
Day on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan to show its solidarity with the Palestinian people. Former Iranian
president and "Expediency Council" Chairman Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani gave the Al-Quds Day sermon on
December 14, 2001 at Tehran University, which was attended by thousands of worshippers. In the sermon, he
addressed solving the problem of Israel with nuclear weapons.
Following are core elements of the speech, as reported in Iran's English, Farsi and Arabic newspapers. As
none of these sources provided a direct transcript of Rafsanjani's speech, all style problems can be attributed to the
original Iranian English version which we adhered to:
On Colonialism and Zionism
Rafsanjani said that "global arrogance, led by the U.S. and U.K.," is
responsible for the crimes that the "artificial" state of Israel has
been committing worldwide over the past half-century. The UN and other
segments of the arrogant world have been supporting Israeli crimes, he
said, and, cautioning against what he called "global arrogance arms
buildup [by the U.S.]" in an attempt to revive the colonialist era, he
asked nations and governments to prevent colonialism from attaining its
Rafsanjani added: "International Zionism has
been the driving force of this ugly phenomenon; Zionism is divisive; a
century has passed since the onset of Zionism, but not every Jew is a
Zionist, and not all members of the Zionist party are Jews."
He noted that the Zionist party is still
highly active worldwide, and it is the driving force of important
events taking place in the world in connection with Israel. He called
the disasters that have occurred in the half-century-old state of
Israel an encyclopedia of colonial crimes. Palestinians are not the
only ones to have suffered from the plan to establish this "forged"
Israeli state; the Jews too are paying the price, he added.
Rafsanjani claimed that the Jews had a place
in various parts of the world, living rather well in each country. But
this phenomenon [Zionism] caused them to take a stance regarding their
religious state and leave their homes, under pressure and in the name
of migration [to Israel]. Jews should wait for a day when this
"extraneous matter" would be removed from the region and the world of
Islam, and those who have gathered together in Israel would one day be
Rafsanjani stated that the establishment of
Israel has inflicted hundreds of billions of dollars in damage on
states in the region. However, since the essence of the phenomenon of
Israel is colonialist – colonialism benefits from this fabricated
government. Rafsanjani added that following the end of the official
colonialist [era], the perpetrators of colonialism set out to replace
it, examined various means, and [found that] the most important means
was to create states that were connected by the umbilicus to
colonialism in sensitive areas.
The formation of the Zionist state in the land
of Palestine was a multi-faceted base for colonialism. By this means,
the West rid itself of Zionism, while establishing it in Palestine.
Meanwhile, the colonialists affiliated themselves with Zionism and the
state of Israel so as to keep them like a tool in their service, even
though, for its own survival, colonialism is itself dependent on
Rafsanjani added that with the formation of
Israel, colonialists created insecurity in the region, exposing states
to threats so as to bring them under the dominion of colonialism. The
survival of Israel depends on the interests of global arrogance and
colonialism, and as long as this base is beneficial to them, they will
Nuclear Weapons Can Solve the Israel Problem
Rafsanjani said that Muslims must surround colonialism and force them
[the colonialists] to see whether Israel is beneficial to them or not.
If one day, he said, the world of Islam comes to possess the weapons
currently in Israel's possession [meaning nuclear weapons] – on that
day this method of global arrogance would come to a dead end. This, he
said, is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing
on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.
ain't the movement. He is not Gandhi or King, and the Islamic leaders in Iran know this — and want to salvage an Islamic regime.
Are people dying to trade one Islamic leader for a
different Islamic leader?
I don't think so.
I do not believe people are
taking bullets for more sharia.
Yes, there are chants of allahu akbar, but there are far more
"down with the dictator" chants.
The people who supported the Westernized lax-Sharia Pahlavi
regime haven't gone away or all been killed. Iran as a secularized Western ally again is possible. Anything is possible, but without the support of the free world, it's improbable.
The problem now is no guns and no leadership.
It ain't over till the fat imam sings.
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