Iran: There Will Be Blood
The Washington Note / Steve Clemons
15-Jun-2009 (one comment)

My contact predicted serious violence at the highest levels. He said that Ahmadinejad is now genuinely scared of Iranian society and of Mousavi and Rafsanjani. The level of tension between them has gone beyond civil limits -- and my contact said that Ahmadinejad will try to have them imprisoned and killed. Likewise, he said, Rafsanjani, Khatami, and Mousavi know this -- and thus are using all of the instruments at their control within Iran's government apparatus to fight back -- but given Khamenei's embrace of Ahmadinejad's actions in the election and victory, there is no recourse but to try and remove Khamenei. Some suggest that Rafsanjani will count votes to see if there is a way to formally dislodge Khamenei -- but this source I met said that all of these political giants have resources at their disposal to "do away with&quot those that get in the way.

Ali Lakani

Unless Khamenei is dislodged

by Ali Lakani on

Hashemi made Khamenei the Leader.  Can he undo him now?  Maybe not, but of all the people in the spotlight right now, I believe the only one who still has enough ammunition and insight to be Hashemi.  He will have to twist some arms and blackmail some others, but he might be the only one who can do anything right now.  Shoghal e beesheh ye Mazandaran raa, nadarrad joz sag e Mazandarani.