Friday, December 11, 2009

Moslehi Attacks Rafsanjani

Although the most recent comments I've seen from Rafsanjani have not been supportive of the opposition, Iran's intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi has attacked him as part of it:
"Moslehi, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, said Rafsanjani recently had stated that his views about postelection events had not changed.

"'It is shocking to see that he repeats the same things as the leaders of the recent riots say in their statements,' he said, apparently referring to Musavi and fellow reformist Mehdi Karrubi, who have continued to voice defiance over the election.

"'Those who themselves are in crisis think the country is in crisis...but as an informed official I declare that there is no crisis in the country,' Moslehi said. 'Those who used to think they were on the safe side should know...they cannot victimize the intelligence forces for their own interests.'"

It's possible that Rafsanjani said something that I missed, but an important angle to this is that regardless of his stance on the election, Rafsanjani remains an enemy of Iran's principlists that they may be using this to push his influence downward.

(Crossposted to American Footprints)



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