Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rafsanjani: the Alexander Hamilton of the Iranian Revolution

Left: founding father of the American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton.
A victim of political intrigue and political foes. 
Made vulnerable by the loss of his political patron, George Washington
Killed in a pistol duel.

Right: founding father of the Iranian Revolution, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Brought down by corruption charges and political intrigue. 
Made vulnerable by a loss of faith of Khamanei.
Currently disqualified from running in the 2013 presidential election but free to enjoy his wealth as the richest man in Iran.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

fanboy Pyruz- the Walter Duranty of the Iranian dictatorship

Anonymous said...

Historical comparisons Mark? Not second world war and WC this time?
I am sure you will find better examples if you try:
Nazi Germany / Waffen SS / Brown shirts / Fuhrer .... Give it a try and use your "knowledge" of history.

Nader Uskowi said...

The Rafsanjani saga can also be compared to that of Deng Xiaoping of China and the Cultural Revolution. Rafsanjani has become a spokesman for economic reforms and modernization of the country, in the same way Deng was pushing that agenda in the midst of the cultural revolution in China. Of course the red-book crowd arrested him and marched him on the streets to be ridiculed and insulted by the crowd. He eventually succeeded and helped develop the modern China. Iran is not China, and Rafsanjani is no Deng Xiaoping, but he is closest to what Iran has. The decision to disqualify him from running for president will come back and haunt the Islamic Republic.

Anonymous said...

Well this is the level of Thinking/Understanding required to be regime supporter ...

Anonymous said...

Seriously, not all dictatorships are or can be compared with NAZIs, Besides it is a matter of historical facts that Civilized Modern Democracies are responsible for more wars and death and destruction in past 50 years than any dictatorship alone.

Anonymous said...

I would tend to disagree with most of the comments regarding the has been Rafsanjani. The fact is that this opportunist is now a relic of the past as a new generation has come to the fore in Iran, people who like Qalibaf and Jalili have shed their blood for Iran. They are far better educated and in tune with Iranian society and body politic than a fading old shark like Rafsanjani who would have lost anyway. Rafsanjani, even during Khomeinei's era was never considered a real leader but an intriguing party hack. In his brief stint in the shah's jails he was know as a messenger and informant for both the SAVAK and the mullahs. Realistically speaking, Rafsanjani is HISTORY.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Uskowi,
How do you think this decision will affect future of IRI? Rafsanjani is not a strong power brooker anymore and china has grown to a superpower now!

Anonymous said...

The man is almost 80 and has defunct lungs.(should anyone not know)

I doubt he was physically fit anyway.

Azari by Fortune and Iranian by Grace of God
Dariush London

Anonymous said...

Nader, with his pictures of cranes/bricks and now this Mark is costing your site credibility.

Anonymous said...

Posting anti-Iran dribble is costing you more than credibility and borders of total self-consuming hate. At least Mark is posting obvious credible positive Iranian infrastructure developments, while you post imbecilic Iran hate and are a JOKE!

Anonymous said...

you've got a point........ Mark's posting of pictures of building is far and away the most credible of all his posting.

most certainly, his postings about most everything else connected to the Iranian government are total drivel and dishonest drivel at that.

Anonymous said...

No,but religious dictatorship is the worst of the lot.