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Conservatives against ultra conservatives: who wins?

Filed under: Iran

In Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami and Mehdi Karoubi met up and the rumor is that they are joining forces to combat the ultra conservatives in Majlis, Iran’s Parliament. Next step would be to bring Ahamadinejad down, that is if they convince Ayatollah Khamenei to do so.

The West often calls Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami moderates. I have yet to understand why. In Iran’s parliament and government there are only two camps that matter (for now): ultra conservatives and conservatives. Lets see how 'moderate' they truly are.

In 2005, then President Khatami said: “We love Hizbullah.”

About USA he said, “The roots of terrorism are the discrimination and double standard, and the division of mankind into Americans and non-Americans. These roots also stem from the belief held by those in power in America that in order to ensure their interests they have the right to cause wars and cause coup d'état, to interfere in other countries' (affairs), and to apply economic, military, and political and propagandistic pressure on anyone aspiring to independence and desiring freedom.”

And only two days ago, in the Friday prayer, Rafsanjani said, "Occupiers came to the region, but they could not achieve their goals, and were disgraced in the world, and are in danger."
He further added, “Although the enemy is defeated, it is still arrogant, so we should act carefully and properly to get rid of occupiers.” (IRNA, Iran, April 20, 2007)

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