February 1, 2009

THE AYATOLLAH'S CHOICE

Iran`s Khatami Expected To Run For President (Javno, 2/01/09)

Diplomats have said it is a rare opportunity to end a rift that began with the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Khatami swept to power in a landslide vote in 1997, beating a rival seen at the time as the establishment's candidate. He secured votes with promises of political and social change.

But conservatives, who still controlled many levers of power while Khatami was in office, blocked many of his reforms, disappointing supporters such as student activists who said he should have done more stand up to the establishment.

Asked if past disappointments might hurt Khatami's chances, Abtahi said: "The international isolation of Iran under Ahmadinejad and Iran's economic situation ... may help Khatami to attract the votes of those who backed Ahmadinejad in the previous election."


Had President Bush accepted Mr. Khatami's 2003 surrender offer the whole sorry Ahmedinejad episode would have been avoided to the benefit of all concerned.

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