Iran: The Definition Of What We're Up Against
A former Iranian leader who is considered an opponent of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was far ahead in the race for a seat on a powerful clerical body, according to partial election results reported by state-run television Sunday.
Hashemi Rafsanjani had more than 1.5 million votes for a seat in the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors Iran's supreme leader and chooses his successor, state TV said. His main rival, Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, had about 860,000 votes. ...
A victory for Rafsanjani would be seen as a political setback for Ahmadinejad, who defeated the more moderate former leader in last year's presidential elections. Yazdi, Rafsanjani's challenger, is widely considered Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor.
Rafsanjani, who served as president of Iran from 1989 and 1997, is among nine people wanted in Argentina in connection with a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires that killed about 85 people and injured more than 200. On Dec. 1, an Argentine court declared Rafsanjani and the others fugitives from justice for failing to respond to arrest warrants issued in November. (AP)
Ahmadinejad's boys are also losing in local elections, a sign that Jew-baiting and holocaust-denying only goes so far when your country is in economic ruin.
Of course, the worst is that whether it's Ahmadinejad's bloodthirsty radicals or Rafsanjani's it's still one messed nation, led by men who want nothing more than expand Shiite power at the expense of anyone who gets in their way.
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