I hope to see a struggle, with the Persians winning out over the Islamic supremacists. The people who supported the Westernized lax-Sharia Pahlavi regime haven't gone away or all been killed. A secularized Western Iran — what a wonderful turn that would be.
There is a leadership vacuum and a scramble by Iran's Islamic leaders.
Here is a possible scenario being floated about.
'Supreme Leader' Position Threats Watch (hat tip Ron)
Folks, this is huge. Huge. A report from Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya,
seek supreme leader alternative, indicates that Rafsanjani is seeking to
eliminate the Supreme Leader. Not just the man, but the position and role
presiding over Iranian politics and the Iranian society.
Religious leaders are considering an alternative to the supreme leader
structure after at least 13 people were killed in the latest unrest to shake
Tehran and family members of Ayatollah Rafsanjani were arrested amid calls by
former President Mohammad Khatami for the release of all
Iran's religious clerks in Qom and members of the Assembly of Experts, headed
by former President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, are mulling the formation of an
alternative collective leadership to replace that of the supreme leader, sources
in Qom told Al Arabiya on condition of anonymity.
Skipping down a bit, here's what they seem to have in mind, obviously a bit
sketchy at this point.
Members of the assembly are reportedly considering forming a collective
ruling body and scrapping the model of Ayatollah Khomeini as a way out of the
civil crisis that has engulfed Tehran in a series of protests,
The discussions have taken place in a series of secret meetings convened in
the holy city of Qom and included Jawad al-Shahristani, the supreme
representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is the foremost Shiite leader in
An option being considered is the resignation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as
Iran's president following condemnation by the United States and other European
nations for violence and human rights violations against unarmed
This is a huge development. One of the biggest questions I and others have
had since the Iranian protests/revolt/revolution began was whether Mousavi would
be any different in tangible effect (Hizballah & Hamas support, etc.) than
Ahmadinejad and whether Rafsanjani was seeking to sack 'Supreme' Leader Khamenei
simply to acquire the powerful position for himself. That question perhaps may
have been answered today.
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