Who Runs Iran? It Sure Isn’t Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadinejad ran for office on a campaign in which he promised to end corruption in government. His inept handling of various issues has undoubtedly played a role in his increasing lack of power in government. The Iranian judiciary detained six people and is pursuing several others who are connected to Abbas Palizdr, who claims to be a supporter of Ahmadinejad and recently claimed Iran’s judiciary was riddled with corruption. He claimed, “the government(Ahmadinejad) is on its own in the fight against corruption and nobody is supporting the government.” He charged important clerics as being corrupt. Mr. Palizdr was arrested on grounds he is “insulting officials, spreading biased rumors as well as misuse of responsibility.”

Mr. Palizdr was hired by a parliamentary committee that was investigating government corruption. He undoubtedly stumbled onto evidence that some clerics had misused their power which led to his comments. In modern Iran, the clerics run the government and individuals such as Ahmadinejad do as they are told or face being transformed into ineffectual leaders.