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Conflict Among Iran Rulers

The world was shocked at news from Iran of a planned stoning to death execution of a woman charged with having illicit relations with a man, and latest reports indicate the stoning process might not proceed. However, her son is wary and wonders if to calm the fury, the Iranian government will simply wait a few weeks and then hang his mother when no one is concerned. Even as President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad was dealing with sex issues, the speaker of the Iranian legislature, Ali Lrijani was blasting him for failing to develop the nation’s economy. Larijani is particularly upset at misuse of his country’s wealth which is not used to develop a modern economy. Instead Ahamadinejad uses the money to fund welfare programs in order to keep the unemployed quiet and supporting his rule. According to Larijani, “social justice means producing employment, not giving monthly handouts to stop people starving.” He want money put in use to develop the “national’s productive capacity.”

Ahmadinejad is creating a separate government and economy. He relies on using oil money to pay handouts to the poor and keep them quiet. At the same time, he allows the Revolutionary Guards to gain power over the economy by running business enterprises. In a sense, he is destroying the ability of small business groups to become productive. If he continues on this path, Iran increasingly will become like the Soviet Union, the state running welfare operations, rather than developing productive capacities.

Ahmadinejad and his buddies worry about who sleeps with whom more than they worry about creating a modern economy.

Quiet Turmoil In Iran Confuses Picture

Right wing American pundits insist the United States should take an active interest in fostering change in Iran. However, latest reports from that nation indicate there is quiet turmoil within the Iranian hierarchy as groups vie for power and it is best allowing them to sort out the future of their country. Newly appointed judiciary chief, Ayatollah Sadeq Larligani fired the hardline prosecutor who is responsible for current trials against those who protested recent election results. He also formed a “supervisory board” to investigate post-election events including violation of the rights of those who were imprisoned.

This suggests Ayatollah Khamenei is attempting to reach out to both conservative and moderate members of the clergy to make clear he wants to serve as a bridge between conservatives and moderates. The conflict is in no way linked to any effort to end the current clerical Iranian nation, but to make clear to all Iranians that Khamenei stands above petty self interest.

No one knows the end result of the current conflict within Iran. It is best to move away and allow Iranians to deal with their own issues.

Iranian Cleric Leader Hints At US Talks

There have been numerous reports that in 2001 and 2002, Iranian leaders reached out to the United States in order to cooperate in the destruction of the Taliban since Iran shared a common antagonism to the Sunni fanatics who controlled Afghanistan. The reform president of Iran, Khatami, supposedly offered to end nuclear development, cease aiding terrorism and enter into negotiations with Israel. Naturally, the idiot who was president of the United States turned down the offer. Yesterday, the Iranian parliament speaker, the noted cleric leader, Ali Larijanij, said he is considering entering into discussions with American members of Congress in order to develop improved relations between Iran and the United States/

Larijani has received letters from Congressmen. He said it was time to hold bilateral negotiations and he emphasized, “we have not given a negative response to this issue. It is under examination and he added, “we feel that it is now time to hold bilateral negotiations.”

Larijani is close to the top cleric leaders of Iran and he would never have made such statements had he not talked with his superiors.

Iran’s Economic Problems Central Issue Of Nation

Iran and Western powers are clashing over issues regarding that nation’s nuclear program, but lost in these disputes is the apparent reality Iran is facing serious economic problems which hinder its development. Many Western leaders assume Iran is ready to confront the world with military action, but real economic issues most probably preclude any such action. Majis ‘speaker Ali Llarijani called on his nation to resolve Iran’s mounting economic problems. “The country should tackle economic twists and turns” he told Iran’s Chamber of Commerce. The Speaker of Iran’s Parliament believes it imperative for his nation to move in the direction of privatizing the economy and breaking the power of the government to direct this aspect of society. In an interesting comment, Larijani emphasized “the private sector should also have a part in Iran’s effort o stand up to Western pressure… no one in Iran is willing to surrender to pressure.”

Larijani’s call for competition in the economy is an admission the blundering efforts of his government to direct economic development have failed. Iran is not competitive in the world marketplace and there is need for dramatic changes to overcome inept government actions. It is interesting that Larijani emphasized Parliament, not President Ahmadinejad, should be directing reform of the nation. The omission of the president’s name is further evidence of a power conflict in Iran between parliament and Ahmadinejad. The good news is Iran’s need for Western economic assistance as long as that does not come across as “pressure.”

Iranian Leader-Focus On Nuclear Technology, Not Weapons

Former Iranian Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Larijani urged his nation to remain focused on developing its nuclear capabilities. “Iran has reached a good level in nuclear technology due to its steadfastness and today their(Western) theorists should accept that Iran has gained access to nuclear technology.” He pointed out the International Atomic Energy Agency and its director, Mohamed ElBaradel has stated there is no evidence Iran is making atomic weapons. Larijani says even if Iran was thinking about making nuclear weapons that would not even happen for years to come. He urged his nation’s leaders to engage in negotiations with other nations about nuclear energy.

Larijani’s statement is an indication many clerics wish their nation to pursue a nuclear energy program, but are not particularly interested in developing atomic weapons. Despite what Bush and other hysterical commentators believe, Iran’s clerics are conservative and they are not stupid. Unleashing atomic weapons on another country would lead to the end of Iran and their power. This is the time to negotiate with Iran, not threaten it.

US Train And Iranian Train Headed For Collision!

Two trains are headed toward one another on the same track, each driven by an out-of-conrol engineer who is convinced the other train will somehow get out of his way. One is driven by a religious fanatic, Ahmadinejad, who has been confused by praise from the Muslim world, into believing he can actually triumph over the United States in a war. The other is driven by Dick Cheney and his sidekick, George Bush, who do not intend to go down in history as allowing Iran to become a nuclear military power. Renaud Giraud, writing in Le Figaro, raises these metaphors to illustrate the madness now enveloping the United States and Iran. He cites three factors as propelling Bush/Cheney: their fear of Iran’s military capabilities in the future, strong bipartisan support in Congress for tough action against Iran, and Saudi Arabian and Israel lobbies which emphasize the dangers of Iran to Middle East stability.

The ironic aspect of the current conflict is that in 2001, Iran publicly condemned the 9/11 attack and in 2001 gave quiet assistance to American military forces in their Afghanistan campaign. The Iranian government in December, 2001, supported American efforts at the Bonn conference to implement political and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan. After offering these supports, President Bush in January, 2002 listed Iran as one of the “axis of evil” threatening the world. The recent resignation of Larijani both as negotiator on nuclear issues and as secretary general of the Iranian Security Council reflects growing strength of hard liners.

A sad aspect of the current presidential primary campaigns is failure on the part of any Democratic candidate to articulate an intelligent Iran policy. They fear being accused of “weakness” just as they feared in 2003 of refusing to back the Bush invasion of Iraq. America need voices of reason about Iran, but they appear muted in the face of media taking them to task for being weak. On the other side, Ahmadinejad is bewitched by his seeming popularity for standing up to America and may have come to the wrong conclusion about Bush and Cheney. They will resort to military action regardless of the cost to their nation. After all, isn’t Ahmadinejad doing the same to his country?

Iran Larijani Resignation Setback For Resolving Nuclear Issues

The sudden resignation of Ali Larijani as Iran’s front man in dealing with nuclear development has threatened to become a setback in efforts to achieve agreement between the UN and Iran. Larijani was a political opponent of President Ahmadinejad of Iran and more flexible in seeking resolution of the nuclear issues, but his replacement, Ali Jaill is a reputed hard liner. However, in a move to reassure Europeans there will be no changes in Iran’s policies, Ahmadinejad agreed to allow Larijani to meet with European Union representatives today. The European Union is offering Iran economic and technological incentives to suspend its uranium enrichment program. The situation was not helped by Vice President Dick Cheney’s weekend comment claiming Iran was a “growing obstacle to peace in the Middle East” and warned of consequences if it didn’t end its nuclear program.

The situation is tense between the European Union and Iran and in the middle of negotiations our vice president must intrude with further threats toward Iran. Dick Cheney never ceased making threats about Saddam and the need to do something in Iraq. His jingoism and warlike attitude are well known in the Middle East so when Cheney threatens “consequences” it can only result in Iranian hard liners digging even deeper into their resolve not to compromise. If President Bush really cared for Middle East peace, he would take the first step in that direction by muzzling his good friend.