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    Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    I speak for Mousavi. And Iran | Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Comment is free | The Guardian

    Since the 1979 revolution Iran has had 80% dictatorship and 20% democracy. We have dictatorship because one person is in charge, the supreme leader first Khomeini, now Khamenei. He controls the army and the clergy, the justice system and the media, as well as our oil money.
    I think this is the first instance of direct confrontation between Mousavi and Khamenei. Up until now, Mousavi has been hesitant to directly attack the Supreme Leader. Whatever happens in the coming days, Khamenei's credibility among the ruling class has been severely damaged.
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    confronting the power of the Ayatollah....that is historic.

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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I think this is the first instance of direct confrontation between Mousavi and Khamenei. Up until now, Mousavi has been hesitant to directly attack the Supreme Leader. Whatever happens in the coming days, Khamenei's credibility among the ruling class has been severely damaged.
    Where is Rasfanjani in all of this? I haven't seen anything from him in several days.

    Rasfanjani is the head of the Assembly of Experts. He potentially could muster enough mullahs to remove Khameni as Supreme Leader. Mousavi is "his" proxy in the presidential contest just like Ahamenijad is Khameni's proxy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Where is Rasfanjani in all of this? I haven't seen anything from him in several days.

    Rasfanjani is the head of the Assembly of Experts. He potentially could muster enough mullahs to remove Khameni as Supreme Leader. Mousavi is "his" proxy in the presidential contest just like Ahamenijad is Khameni's proxy.
    Rafsanjani primarily works behind the scenes, and is no doubt milking the protests for all they're worth to see how he can shift the balance of power in his favor. The last I heard (which was several days ago), people close to Rafsanjani indicated that he was meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts to see if he had enough votes to depose Khamenei.
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Rafsanjani primarily works behind the scenes, and is no doubt milking the protests for all they're worth to see how he can shift the balance of power in his favor. The last I heard (which was several days ago), people close to Rafsanjani indicated that he was meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts to see if he had enough votes to depose Khamenei.
    Any thoughts on how to view the reports of escalating crackdowns on protests? Is Khameni showing his strength or his weakness?

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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Any thoughts on how to view the reports of escalating crackdowns on protests? Is Khameni showing his strength or his weakness?
    The million dollar question, I think we'll find out when the dust settles, does Khameni truly have enough power to supress this movement, or is this a last desperate effort to hold on to power.
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    In the Ayatololah's face.

    Perhaps the North Koreans have a thing or two to learn from the Iranians.
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Any thoughts on how to view the reports of escalating crackdowns on protests? Is Khameni showing his strength or his weakness?
    Sadly, probably his strength. I think that the more he cracks down, the stronger his position gets. He may have to make some token concessions to the reformists, but he'll probably still be running the show.

    But I'd love to be proven wrong about that.
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Its high time the Iranians we're gifted the beauty of Democracy, the civil unrest shows me they want freedom, fair voting, and they are not willing to sit back and get opressed. Im hopeful the rioting can spark a new revolution, out with Ahmedenijad and Khamenini, and in with Mousavi!
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    Re: Mousavi spokesman calls Khamenei a dictator

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Its high time the Iranians we're gifted the beauty of Democracy, the civil unrest shows me they want freedom, fair voting, and they are not willing to sit back and get opressed. Im hopeful the rioting can spark a new revolution, out with Ahmedenijad and Khamenini, and in with Mousavi!
    And Mousavi will just repress them himself, after they die for him. Unfortunately, I think that the most innocent and noble of players in this are going to suffer for a bunch of corrupt old men, and no significant change in the country will result.

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