Saturday, July 18, 2009

Don’t Write Off Reformists – Iason Athanasiadis on Rafsanjani’s Sermon

Iason Athanasiadis, the internationally renowned journalist recently released from Tehran’s Evin prison, writes on Rafsanjani’s main message of the sermon delivered at Friday’s Prayer: Don’t write off reformists.

“Intermittent clashes between police and protesters persisted in Tehran tonight after an emotional Friday sermon by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most powerful political opponent, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, that has prolonged Iran's political crisis,” writes Athanasiadis in today’s edition of Christian Science Monitor [CSM, 18 July].

Iason Athanasiadis quotes this blogger on the emerging balance of power between the opposition and the government.

"The opposition reaffirmed its strength after enduring a month of relentless attack by government forces, but the government will hang on to power with support from the armed forces and a segment of the more traditional and rural population," writes Nader Uskowi, a Washington-based Iran analyst and president of Uskowi Associates in an e-mail. "Ahmadinejad in his second term will pretend to be the president of all Iranians, and the opposition will assert that they are the future of the country. The future of Iran hangs in the balance."


Anonymous said...

Seems to me its could be called the enemies from within our own borders that being the current wicked governemtal regime who has control of Iran and staying in controll by force not by election /vote ofthe majority of the people of Iran. The Iranian people need to be liberated form there current regime holding power over them.They cant be voted out and they have the military to keep them in power by force.So what can the Iranian people do.We on the outside are not the enimies of the Iranain people,we would like to see you all set free from there current government regime and have a good peaceful non violent government that doesnt promote and sponsor terrorist groups .Its the Iran government that is the Iranian peoples enemy,and causeing the problems for there own people.The world looks at Iran as a whole by looking at your government actions and words.Not at the good peaceful Iranian people as a whole.


Alborz said...

everything delusion
why Rafsanjani the reachest of poor country iran, a symbol of corruption and responsible of so called chain murder on human right activist at 1997 becomes suddenly Reformist and freedom lover ?
his opposition to Ahmadi nejad comes because of losing of power not because his love to freedom.