Monday, August 16, 2010

Tehran: Veterans Stop Mashaie’s Speech; Ahmadinejad Defending His Chief of Staff

Today, in a rare public display of hardliners’ dismay at Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Eskandar Rahim Mashaie, the participants at a large gathering of the veterans of the Islamic revolution and the Iraq war forced Mashaie to stop his speech and leave the podium. The disturbance occurred while Mashaie was introducing Ahmadinejad to the audience. Ahmadinejad then went to the podium and strongly supported Mashaie and compared him to the heroes of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Beheshti and the slain former president Rajaie. The audience listened in silence and later expressed their disbelief at Ahmadinejad’s spirited defense of Mashaie. Mr. Mashaie is accused by the hardliners of spreading the idea that the country’s “Iranian identity” is paramount and more important than its “Islamic identity.”

Mashaie’s comments have brought about a torrent of harsh criticism from the right. Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, has accused Mashaie of working against Iran’s national security and the principles and doctrines of the Islamic Republic.

Jomhouri Eslami, a newspaper closely linked to the clerical establishment, as well as Tabnak, a popular online news site controlled by former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaie, have carried the news of the disturbance in today’s gathering in Tehran.


Anonymous said...

Links to original Persian language sources of this post (and other posts) will be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

There is no honour amongst thieves. It looks like they are now fighting amongst themselves, as all thieves inevitably do.

Anonymous said...

"There is no honour amongst thieves. It looks like they are now fighting amongst themselves, as all thieves inevitably do.", so according to this analogy the Zionist entity should have long collapsed! or better still the USA should be a failed state

Anonymous said...

somebody said, thats democracy... and its not much different than that in Italy and some of the bullshit one hears on the housfloor in the US is much harsher than that.

but you dudes aint used to such stuff from Iran since u dudes been away for at least 3 decades from Iran

Good for Iran,

and by all respect screw Royalists and the MKO. Iran has its oppositions and they are inside Iran and not on the payroll of some welfare system in a western Govt.

Anonymous said...

to anon 3:12PM

well said whoever you are.