It all starts in the pages of the Guardian UK. It is a sad fact but if you want to become truly informed on foreign affairs you have to read a foreign news source. The Guardian is a great go-to source along with the BBC.
Here is the lead:
The source, a politician with strong connections to the security apparatus, said that the leading role being played by Mojtaba Khamenei had dismayed many of the country's senior clerics, conservative politicians and Revolutionary Guard generals.”
Now this is were it gets interesting. Another scribbler wrote about how the Supreme Leader in
The Supreme Leader gets his power via the structures of the Iranian Government. Khamenei at least on the surface controls all the important levers of power and oversight. Name an organ of governance and he either helps name the individuals or has veto power over its decision.
The real base of Khamenei’s power though has been the ultra-hardliners. Through their control of the Republican Guard, and the security apparatus the Supreme leader has been able to concentrate political power.
It was with Ahmadinejad that Khamenei was able to seize the executive power of
But the mask was ripped off in the election. The Supreme Leader became a political partisan for Ahmadinejad. Why? Maybe Khamenei rigged the election to turn his Islamic Sultanate in to a true dynastic Sultanate. Maybe he wanted to hand over to the rule of
This also may explain why huge chunks of the ruling elite are starting to break loose from the façade of government. It is not about Democracy or even reform per se. It is about saving the Islamic Republic as a republic. If Khamenei gets his way
The ideals of Islamic Republic may be facing an existential threat from the very man who was supposed to uphold them. Politics and History can be ironic that way. The Islamic faithful will see an eerie echo of Muawiyah I, the first of the Umayyad Caliph. Muawiyah was the first Caliph to pass the succession to his son ending the previous selection process via a council of elders. The Shia branch of Islam despises him and the Sunni branch is at best ambivalent to his rise to power. Both agree that Muawiyah was probably responsible for the assassination of the last “rightly guided” Caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib.
Thus the fight against Khamenei and son’s coup d'etat may be especially bitter. It will be fought in the halls of government and the institutions of
One last point, this is not and never was about us. As much as the idiot Elephants would love to make this about domestic politics or speaking out for freedom, it is something completely different. It is about