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  •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you.  Bizarre, misleading diary.  

    Khamanei is not some omnipotent ruler who controls everything that happens in Iranian politics. Khatami's candidacy, in and of itself, signals nothing about the Leader's position.  

    •  I never described Khamanei as (3+ / 0-)
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      "omnipotent." That's your term. Moreover, in the opening paragraph I stated that the Supreme Council also had input.

      Later you might care to notice this sentence:

      The fact that he is now running shows the Supreme Council wants to shift focus and is ready to change course. If the election in June validates that sentiment; they will not stop it.

      The operative word being "if." The implication here is that Khamanei and the Supreme Council actually do give countenance to public opinion as expressed by voters.

      Of course you can completely disagree with my analysis, but I think you're off the mark by labeling it, "Bizarre," and "misleading." Pray do explain why it might be either.

      You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

      by FrankCornish on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 04:00:02 AM PST

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      •  ? (0+ / 0-)

        You said Khatami's candidacy shows that the Leader wants to change course.  It does no such thing.  In that way the diary is misleading.  

        You conclude that that the Leader has changed his attitude because a moderate politician has declared his candidacy for the presidency, something that happens every four years.  In that way the diary is bizarre.  

        There's a huge difference between Khamanei accepting Khatami's candidacy and, if it happens, his victory, and endorsing it, which is what your diary says the Leader is doing.

        •  Again "endorse" is your word. (2+ / 0-)
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          I am pretty sure that if Khamanei did not want him to run, he would not be. It is not a bizarre suggetion, because in elections at the time of the Iraq invasion, the hardliners and the supreme council did just that. They disallowed "reform" candidates from running and undercut Khatami's last two years.

          If you want to argue that is is all the same, that's fine, but it is not at all "bizarre" to suggest that the possibility of a third term for Khatami suggests a softening of the hard-line position that became a great deal stronger in Iran when Bush pronounced them part of the Axis of Evil, and the subsequent invasion of Iraq in 2003.

          Go ahead a keep ignoring what is inconvenient for you.

          You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

          by FrankCornish on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 04:56:03 AM PST

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