Talking With Iran
(All emphases by Always On Watch)
Some time back, I posted this at Infidel Bloggers Alliance. That particular June 3, 2006 article from the Washington Post details how Ahmadinejad is "A Man of the People's Needs and Wants." The slant of the piece is utopian, with lots of good feelings pertaining to promises never kept.
In a comment to my posting at IBA, Epaminondas dropped this Google-search link about Hojatieh, referred to here as the Iranian Taliban. The Google-search link also listed a March 30, 2004 essay written by Amir Taheri before the election which brought Ahmadinejad to power in Iran:
"Westerners often meet with assorted officials who, they are led to believe, run Islamist Iran. They don't....It is worth your time to read all of Amir Taheri's essay.
"At the center of the oligarchy stands the 'Office of the Leader,' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the 'Supreme Guide.' Under the Khomeinist Constitution, the 'Supreme Guide' represents Allah's sovereignty on earth and has unlimited powers. The opening articles of the Khomeinist Constitution, approved in 1979, make it clear that the 'Supreme Guide' is also the leader of all Muslims throughout the world, whether they like it or not. Thus, theoretically at least, the Khomeinist 'Supreme Guide' can decide what Islam is and is not at any given time.....
"Teheran 'revolutionary' oligarchy uses the Iranian state structures, including the parliament, as instruments for implementing policies that are decided by a small group of mullahs and their advisers behind closed doors and without the slightest accountability. This is one reason foreign, especially Western diplomats and politicians, are often led up the garden path by Iranian interlocutors playing the role of ministers or other senior officials...."