March 9, 2009

AN ORGANIZATION MAN OF THEIR OWN:

Who Will be the Obama of Iran? (Manal Lutfi, 3/09/09, Asharq Al-Awsat)

So who will lead Iran whilst President Barack Obama leads America? If you were to ask an Iranian over the age of fifty who tends to incline towards the reformists, the answer would most probably be Mohamed Khatami. However, if you were to ask an Iranian in his twenties or thirties, the answer would probably be somebody more radical towards reform. For instance there is Abdollah Nuri, who served as Minister of Interior under Mohamed Khatami, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the former Mayor of Tehran and one of the most prominent reformists, Ataollah Mohajerani, the Iranian minister of Culture under Khatami, Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha, the prominent reformist and founder of the reformist Salam newspaper, and Ali Mohtashami, Iran’s former ambassador to Syria who helped form Hezbollah. He was a foreign-policy “hawk” but a “reformist” locally.

For the youth in Iran today, Khatami would not be at the top of the list. The majority of reformists in Iran are to the left of Khatami and are seeking a president that is capable of taking action rather than passively having action being taken against him.

Gisoo Misha Ahmadi, a journalist at the Iranian Press TV channel, told Asharq Al-Awsat, “The Iranian youth should not think that Khatami’s candidature is the solution to everything.” What these candidates have in common is that all of them, with the exception of Mohtashami, are external to the Revolutionary Guards and the Guardian Council for the Constitution, the Council of Experts and the Expediency Discernment Council. Whilst they are all reformists, they differ from one another in their “degree of radicalism” in terms of their reformist ideas, their relationship with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, their ability to face pressure and their desire for confrontation.


The hard part is finding a Reformist as conformist as the UR.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2009 6:23 AM
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