November 2, 2005

HE'S GOT TO BE A ROVEBOT:

Iran sacks diplomats in purge of reformers (Ramita Navai in Tehran and Richard Beeston, 11/02/05, Times of London)

THE President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has ordered an unprecedented purge of senior ambassadors who are regarded as too liberal for the policies of his administration, The Times can disclose.

At least 20 heads of mission and other top diplomats have been sacked or reassigned in the biggest shake-up since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The majority were appointed during the decade of rapprochement with the West that Mr Ahmadinejad has abruptly reversed.

Four of the envoys, the ambassadors to London, Paris, Berlin and the representative to the United Nations in Geneva, were involved in months of delicate mediation between Iran and Europe over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Iranian and Western officials told The Times that they feared the purge was a sign of a further hardening of the provocative foreign policy that has isolated Mr Ahmadinejad’s regime.


Well, the Left was right about Bush and Blair not getting to cook up a pretext for the wars with Syria and Iran, Assad and Ahmadinejad beat them to it, though the Supremo may regime-change Iran before we have to.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2005 12:05 AM
Comments

Ahmadinejad is kind of turning into Howard Dean on caffine and red juice, isn't he?

Posted by: John at November 2, 2005 12:59 AM

The Supremo is Ahmadinejad's biggest supporter.

Posted by: pj at November 2, 2005 8:13 AM

PJ: It is nice to see that the myth of the secret westernizer has survived the fall of the USSR. There must be some social science law of the conservation of self-delusions.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 2, 2005 8:19 AM
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