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  •  Iran is Not Ahamadinejad to Be Sure (0+ / 0-)

    But is it Khamenei?

    The Ayatollahs still wield ultimate power over the President from what I understand.

    Is that your friends' opinion?

    Tax Cuts Are Their Jesus -B. Whitford

    by Indieman on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 01:51:29 AM PST

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    •  Khatami's reforms in the past (1+ / 0-)
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      have been pretty tepid, but still a whole lot more kind than what's happening now.

      The clerics have ultimate control but they aren't a monolithic bloc. His father was a cleric so there are many religious leaders who see him as one of their own. Interestingly, there are many among the hard right who don't like him at all because of his inflationary policies, the sanctions caused by his bellicosity, and his belief that the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam is imminent. (Sounds like The Rapture, no?)

      "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." ML King

      by TheWesternSun on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 10:50:14 AM PST

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