Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Is There Trouble In The Iranian Paradise?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his vitriolic attacks on his opponents, presumable tuning up for heated rhetoric when he arrives in New York later this month for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. But he's getting some push back from his nation's supreme leader.

AFP is reporting that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has told Ahmadinejad to pay attention to what he terms "benevolent criticism" from within Iran.

This is likely a response to push back from fellow clerics on the overwhelming force used to put down post-election demonstrations. Khamenei is wise enough to know that if he allows Ahmadinejad to lash out unchecked at well known and respected Iranian men of the cloth it will further weaken a regime that is still reeling over challenges to its authority that have been unheard of over three decades of rule. If he doesn't moderate his tone internally, Ahmadinejad may become more of a liability than an asset to the regime.

As for his criticism of the West - expect that to continue unabated. If you're anticipating a show from Ahmadinejad at the UN later this month - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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