September 3, 2009

THE BURKEAN CHALLENGE:

Iran’s Flip-Flopper Supreme (ROGER COHEN, 9/03/09, NY Times)

Will the real Ayatollah Ali Khamenei please stand up?

On June 19, a week after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the supreme leader shed the garb of the lofty arbiter to deliver a raging sermon in which he warned of “bloodshed and chaos” in Tehran if protests continued. They did, the next day, and I will never forget the blood that flowed at Khamenei’s behest. [...]

Now, 10 weeks later, with the Iranian revolutionary establishment still shaken by the brazenness of the June 12 electoral fraud and the rashness of the supreme leader’s gambit, Khamenei declares: “I don’t accuse the leaders of the recent incidents of being affiliated with foreign countries, including the United States and Britain, since the issue has not been proven to me.”

Well, sir, which is it?


Thus is it ever for conservatives, who have to allow enough reform to strengthen the regime but not so much as to lose exactly what they're trying to conserve. Khamenei hasn't been especially good at it, but so far he's doing better than the Shah....

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2009 10:13 AM
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