Iraqi top Shiite clerics are silent on Iran
Washington Post/AP / Hamza Hendawi
02-Jul-2009 (one comment)

"Simply put, the whole affair does not concern Najaf," said Sheik Ali al-Najafi, son of and spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Bashir al-Najafi, one of the city's four top Shiite clerics. "We will not interfere in the internal affairs of a dear, next door neighbor." The four - who include Iranian-born Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani - have remained quiet on the upheavals in Iran since the disputed presidential election June 12. The reasons have to do with both religion and politics. But any sign of interference in Iran's affairs by the Najaf clerics, particularly al-Sistani, could prove costly at a time when many Iraqis fear that Iran will try to broaden its influence in their country as the Americans reduce their military presence.

Ali Lakani

Shiite leaders fail their followers

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Though Ayatollahs Sanei and Taheri have spoken against the violence used on Iranian people, siding against Khamanei, and only Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani has taken sides with him, others keep silent about the order to massacre in Iran.  Even Makarem Shirazi, who ordinarily supports Khamenei has kept silent about the situation.  With other Shiite leaders in Iraq keeping silent, they have all left millions of Shiite followers alone in the hands of power crazy Khamenei.  I doubt Shiite following will ever be the same worldwide.  Leaders who dictate ways and answer questions about simple matters in life such as bathing and sex, seem like mere caricatures of power and leadership in these times of trouble in Iran.  Shiites won't forget this.