Iran at the Crossroads
New York Times / Abolhassan Bani-Sadr
31-Jul-2009 (3 comments)

PARIS — In the weeks since the Iranian election, the government of the Islamic Republic has been publicly divided, delegitimatized and grown increasingly more weak. The current situation offers parallels with the political unrest leading up to the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ended the rule of the shah.

Historically, the Iranian government has enjoyed four sources of legitimacy: its competence in managing state affairs, its official religious authority, its commitment to Iran’s independence, and its ability to provide a stable base of social support. All of these have now been irretrievably undone.

The massive vote rigging on June 12 brought President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ability to run the state’s affairs under intense public scrutiny, and the spontaneous uprising in its wake removed the government’s political legitimacy.

Shortly afterwards, in a speech at Friday prayers, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, threatened a violent crackdown unless the official election results were accepted. This removed the last vestiges of the regime’s religious legitimacy as well.

That legitimacy had been waning for some time, even within the regime and among Islamic traditionalists. Ayatollah Ali Sistani (the most prominent Shiite clergyman in Iraq) was opposed to the principle of velayat-e faqih (the rule of the clergy), and Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri (Khomeini’s would-be successor who later became his critic) had argued ... >>>

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No wonder people used to call him...

by Ostaad on

"Bani Harf". I still think he is still a "legitimately" elected president of Iran, who was deposed by a coup arranged by Khamenie, Rafsanjani, Mousavi and a few others.

His main problem was he was duped by Khomeini.



this guy....

by shushtari on

is a loser.....but he did a nice analysis.....i hope the revolution will continue and the akhoonds' days are numbered


Shahriar Zahedi

Classic Bani Sadr!

by Shahriar Zahedi on

His quasi-rationalistic style comes through, no matter the language of expression.

I think he's full of shit, though.