June 28, 2011

"The potential fall of Ahmadinejad is a story worthy of any Persian tale..."

"... a pageant of court favouritism, abrupt firings of otherwise loyal ministers, apparent challenges to the Islamic heritage of Iran, and an acute case of political hubris by the president himself, all overshadowed by the immense power of Ayatollah Khamenei who holds the near-divine role created by the Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini."

26 comments:

mesquito said...

Oh, they'll kill him.

Can't let someone with his knowledge leave the tent.

They'll blame Mossad, of course.

Skyler said...

Eh, they usednto routinely cut the noses off of ousted leaders. I don't think they'll be doing that this time.

Hagar said...

This could get interesting. Iran is not a very stable country at present.

Revenant said...

The article is written by Robert Fisk, a quasi-Truther who has written so much nonsense about the Middle East that his last name became a verb meaning "to pick apart an article line by line".

So while the article is interesting, I'm reluctant to take it too seriously.

dbp said...

I would Fisk the article, but it actually seems quite sound.

Doug Wright said...

So, is "W" at fault for our losing Iran? Couldn't have been the fault of our smartest president ever!

dbp said...

Drat you Rev--got in there before me.

edutcher said...

Dare we hope...

.. and, like Chavez, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy

The Drill SGT said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. With Dinner-jacket it's a personal thing, the Embassy and all...

The Drill SGT said...

LOL

Methadras said...

This is Urkel's fault.

traditionalguy said...

Now that's what I call a Theocracy, Nuclear missiles in silos and all. It's a good thing that Iran has no Gay men demanding permission to marry four other men. That could distract them from wiping Israel off the map.

Jimmy said...

Maybe Prince can go over and intervene

Carol_Herman said...

You mean ahma-dama-ding-dong is getting tossed? Persia's been a family owned business since Kakamamie left france and got in.

God just works in strange ways. Protecting Israel.

While Assad and Q-Daffy are holding on.

What an amazing place. Tourism's down, though. And, the greeks aren't gonna survive on the EURO once the german's pull out.

We're going from "interesting" to "very interesting." Almost like watching rope-a-dope.

Carol_Herman said...

Don't worry about iran having nukes. They don't have nukes. Not after STUXNET entered.

There are only 50 people working at the Mossad. It's not the Mossad.

But maybe it's because nobody respects obama? The whole place is falling apart. We need more binoculars for all our ships at sea. So they can report properly. What a bunch of be-ribboned schmucks are in charge.

Mark Daniels said...

The interview with Fisk on the BBC today was interesting. Ahmadinejad's hedge is pork barrel spending, always a winner when you're recipient no matter how you rail against it in the abstract.

E.M. Davis said...

The awesome fruits of Obama's support of the Green Revolution.

Oh, wait ...

edutcher said...

The Drill SGT said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. With Dinner-jacket it's a personal thing, the Embassy and all...

Precisely. He was eyeballed by several of the former embassy staff, correct?

Minicapt said...

http://davidm.blogspot.com/2005/02/first-use-of-verb-to-fisk.html

"I would Fisk the article, but it actually seems quite sound." That would be in accord with 'sound and fury, signifying nothing'.

Cheers

Fred4Pres said...

See ya Dinnerjacket!

Penny said...

I have an affinity for Persian tales.

Many years ago, I met a wonderful man on the internet who knew that I enjoyed and had learned so much as a child from the fairy tales that I grew up with in America....Aesop's Fables and the Brothers Grimm.

One day, in wanting to please me, I think, he began telling me stories he had grown up with. They were Persian tales of war and valor, and difficult decisions and terrible outcomes for fathers and sons and mothers and wives, but always with some underlying message that had to do with courage today, and loss today, but always for a greater good.

Fathers killed sons, and sons killed brothers. Always for a righteous cause.

At the time, I distinctly remember that the Persian tales reminded me more of our American Civil War than they did of any recollection from Aesop or Grimm's animal allegories.

I had never cried about a single story from our civil war history, yet I shed tears every time he shared another Persian "fable".

Penny said...

Sorry for that aside, and back to the potential fall of Ahmadinejad.

While the man is no friend to the US or any of our close allies, I am going to suggest that he is showing unusual courage within his own country by stepping forward to begin the separation of what we would call "church and state".

Can "bad" men lead positive change?

The Crack Emcee said...

Good news all around.

The Iranian Hostage Crisis was my baby, so any trouble that befalls Amabeenanutjob is fine by me. Anyone should've been able to take one look at the kook and know he wasn't born to lead. That he survived this long is madness.

Waiting for the end of the world,...his, at least.

Mian said...

Fisk conveniently omits any mention of Ahmadinejad's rabid anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, but ...that's Fisk.

A pox on all their houses...

Mitch H. said...

Oh, heck, Fisk. I thought there had been an actual event. We've been speculating for the better part of a month that Ahmadinejad (or "Short Round" as he's known in jackleg neocon circles) was in deep, deep trouble. There was speculation that he was about to produce a "Mahdi" in early June as a desperation-move against Khamenei, but it never seemed to come of anything.

And Penny, Ahmadinejad has zero interest in separation of mosque and state, he just happens to be a theocrat who isn't actually a religious figure in a political knife-fight with his religious head of state. The main conflict is partially a falling-out between cliques, and partially that Ahmadinejad's religious beliefs are less high-church than Khamenei's, and can be credibly described as sort of heretical. I don't understand why, but Shiism seems to be particularly prone towards spinning off weird post-Muslim sects like the Alawi, Ba'hai, and the Druze.

PatCA said...

If you are too crazy for the mullahs, you are just really crazy.