December 11, 2007

SHAH MAHMOUD:

Former Iranian President Publicly Assails Ahmadinejad (NAZILA FATHI, 12/12/07, NY Times)

Mr. Khatami’s criticism of Mr. Ahmadinejad has long been known. But his public denunciation of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s policies was unusual because of its high visibility at a site of youthful dissent.

Mr. Khatami condemned the political and social crackdown against activists since Mr. Ahmadinejad’s election and criticized the president’s plans for strengthening Iran’s economy, the ISNA news agency reported.

In what appeared to be a comparison with the current suppression of students, Mr. Khatami talked about how the crackdown on student activists before the 1979 Islamic revolution radicalized the students and led to the overthrow of the shah. “There was a time that I remember Islamic and non-Islamic movements turned to behaviors that had high costs for society and the regime,” he said.


The regime's chief vulnerability, even more than its disastrous economic performance, is that it is un-Shi'a. thus the comparison to the Shah is devastating.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2007 10:58 PM
Comments

A deft touch, implying that Mahmoud is a peacock.

But the question remains - is the cure worse than the disease?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 12, 2007 8:15 AM
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