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Amhadinezhad v. Khamenei: But I thought they were both the same, pure evil?

MEMRI has a funny analysis of the current row between Ahmadinezhad and Khamenei. Even though the split has multiple implications and helps to support the position that there are indeed meaningful splits within the regime as well as outside of it…. and that there should therefore be a different approach to the actors rather than grouping them all as pure evil and UNCONTAINABLE… MEMRI is hard pressed to get to such conclusions, of course, even though it says this:

“…another explanation should be considered – namely, a profound ideological clash between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, which would remain even if this dispute is resolved. Such an ideological clash might be, for example, over how Iran should respond to the actions of Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states in the Bahrain crisis – in which Ahmadinejad might have supported a militant approach towards Saudi Arabia while Khamenei had been passive.

In any case, it seems that this crisis in the Iranian leadership – whether due to personal reasons or ideological disagreement – is of critical importance in Iran’s way forward, and in its stance in the region, in the coming months. At present, it looks as though the rift has strengthened Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and consolidated his power and authority in the eyes of the Iranian public, against Ahmadinejad and his attempts to challenge him…”

— BUT MEMRI, aren’t you then saying that the more “passive,” doveish, scaredy-cat Khamenei is now “in charge”…. if that is the case, then what happens to your narrative about the regime’s unrelenting evil/dissimulation that is bent on world domination?


Written by nickbiddlenoe

May 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Posted in ANALYSIS

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