November 3, 2010

SOMETIMES THE MOUNTAIN HAS TO GO TO MOHAMMED:

Iran's supreme leader demands support of clerics (Borzou Daragahi, 10/30/10, Los Angeles Times)

Iran's supreme leader wrapped up an unprecedented 10-day visit to the Iranian seminary city of Qom on Friday that was widely seen as an attempt to bolster support among those in a clerical establishment either indifferent or hostile to his conservative agenda.

In a series of meetings, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned turbaned leaders of the Shiite Muslim clergy to avoid becoming excessively enamored of unorthodox, reformist and Western ideas and too unsupportive of the hard-line government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has long aroused suspicion among Iran's clerical old guard.
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"The enemy had decided to make the antithesis of the revolution here and to turn Qom into a base for counter-revolutionaries," Khamenei told supporters in the city Wednesday, amid saturation media coverage.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2010 7:52 PM
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