March 11, 2008


Member of Iranian Parliament maintains his criticism of President Ahmadinejad (Nazila Fathi, March 11, 2008, IHT)

During the Iranian presidential election campaign in 2005, Mohammad Khoshchehreh was one of the biggest boosters in Parliament of the candidacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Khoshchehreh, an economist and urban planner, appeared frequently in public on behalf of Ahmadinejad, criticizing the economic performance of his main opponent, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president. [...]

Khoshchehreh began expressing his concerns about the president as early as October 2005, three months after Ahmadinejad took office.

"The three principles of dignity, wisdom and expediency are mere slogans on the country's foreign policy agenda," the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted him as saying, criticizing the way the president was approaching foreign policy.

Last year, he said in an interview with the press agency ISNA that he worried that the perception among many Iranians that Ahmadinejad had failed as president would make people disappointed with religion. He said this was because Ahmadinejad had said his government would be based on religious values.

"The failure of the government would make the system pay the price," he said, "and society will move toward secularism."

In the recent interview, he expressed concern about Ahmadinejad's confrontational approach to foreign policy. "This approach might have results in the short term, but it is not proper foreign policy," he said.

Analysts view Khoshchehreh as part of the new class of politicians who have grown more moderate because of the need to deal with the realities of governing as members of Parliament.

"These people are faced with people's increasing demands," said Hamidreza Jalaipour, a sociologist and a former reformist politician. "Mr. Khoshchehreh is educated and he realizes that he has to be practical. He does not chant populist slogans."

There it is in a nutshell: Twelverism won't grow the economy and, therefore, threatens the Republic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2008 2:03 PM

An apocalyptic vision leaves no ground for the future? Never would have guessed.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2008 7:34 AM

To the contrary, only an apocalyptic vision requires a future. The problem with Mahmoud and company is they think this is the apocalypse.

Posted by: oj at March 12, 2008 8:23 AM