These details are priceless and deserve wide circulation on the net. I suspect they were leaked by more than one fed-up guard or pot scrubber over a long period of time. Thus the part about hiking may have been true earlier but is now probably outdated. Otherwise details of Khamenei's wealth seem quite realistic however. The Supreme Leader has enough wealth he can afford to leave Iranians in peace and take off elsewhere. Alas, an old man who has never traveled outside the country since birth must find that hard to do. Khamenei's "I got mine" attitude resembles that of France's Louis XIV ("Apres moi le deluge).
Details are in Farsi but with an English translation as well. Those who can't wait for the Supreme Tyrant to leave this world may enjoy photos of his smoking habits as a young man in a subpost at the following site:
Who cares if the economy is a disaster and many workers have gone weeks or months without paychecks so long as the in-crowd lives in high style? Hezbollah and rebels in Yemen and elsewhere aren't the only ones siphoning off wealth year after year under this "holy" regime. As you read details of how well it has paid off for Khamenei try to visualize the wealth of top clerics like Janatti, Ahmed Khatami & Mesbah Yadzi. You can understand why such people repeatedly call for the blood of anyone who insists on human rights, a transparent government, a real economy rather than a feudal one and a free press to encourange transparency. Why is the latter especially unwelcome? Not just because of the violent and inhumane crimes if might expose, but especially because it might expose the never-ending thievery.
IS THIS GUY A MORAL ROLE MODEL WHO REPRESENTS TRUE ISLAM?
Any good muslim might fear the consequences in the afterlife if he committed so many horrific crimes and bathed in luxury while the masses starved. Khamenei and thos around him seem to have no sucf fear. So long as they enjoy the high life here on this earth, they could care less about what happens to them in the afterlife. The truth is that these guys don't believe in Islam at all. Since Khoumeini died, Khamenei has simply Islamist ideology as a device to command undeserved respect. Stalin exploited communism in the same way after Lenin's death.
Within a decade after such ideological revolutions, opportunists always rise to the top and eliminate the original true believers through one means or another. In place of Rafsanjani, Mousavi, Karroubi, Montezeri, Stalin had his own Zinoviev, Bukharin, etc. to wipe out. He simply did faster and more brutally what Khamenei is doing a piece at a time. Both leaders retaliated against relatives and family of perceived opponents.
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