A former high-ranking intelligence official in Iran has called for his country to form better relations with the United States and Israel and says the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the verge of collapse.
In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post Sunday, Mohammad Reza Madhi, a former officer in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence service, described Mr Ahmadinejad as ”crazy” and unfit to lead his country.
”He has already destroyed international relationships with many countries and made them enemies of Iran,” said Mr Madhi, who was forced to flee Iran in 2008 after being jailed for 73 years on what he described as ”trivial” charges. ”This has cost the Iranian people so much. His ideas are dangerous.”
Iran’s opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said on Friday he was ready to sacrifice his life in defence of the people’s right to protest peacefully against the government after the worst unrest since the disputed June presidential election.
Mr Madhi, who says he was once the right-hand man of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and passed on information to respected cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died last month, has been in regular contact with the opposition Green Path of Hope group since he left Iran.
He said while his country should remain the Islamic Republic of Iran, religion and politics must be separated. ”The good clerics should help the people and the govern… >>>