The Time For Talking Will Soon Be Over

Posted on Mon 08/03/2009 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

What now? Talk at them some more, until we dare talk sternly to them no more?

IRAN has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.

The problem now seems to be that many of Iran’s clerics turn out to the moderate ones, compared to the crazy who’s seized much of their power and is now staging show trials:

Three decades after Khomeini’s rise to power, pious technocrats like Ahmadinejad have edged aside the ruling caste of revolutionary clerics who mismanaged the country for years. The fallout from the presidential election, therefore, is not merely a political confrontation; it is the latest instalment in a long-running culture war that began with the overthrow of the westernising Shah, continued with the Cultural Revolution that sought to reimpose Islamic values in the 1980s, and extended through former president Mohammad Khatami’s efforts to reduce the imprint of Shiite mourning in public spaces and Ahmadinejad’s attempts to reimpose it.

Leading to this:

Iran’s moderate former president, Mohammad Khatami, has denounced the trial of more than 100 opposition activists and protesters as a violation of the constitution that will further damage public trust in the Islamic republic.

“The trial on Saturday was a show and the confessions are invalid … ,” he said in a posting on his website …

Some conservatives have also condemned the government following the death of the son of a prominent member of their camp, Abdolhossein Rouhalamini. Rouhalamini is a close ally of Mohsen Rezai, the only conservative who ran against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the election. His son, Mohsen, who was arrested during a 9 July protest, was taken to a hospital after two weeks and died…

Ahmadinejad has sacked his hardline intelligence minister, who had criticised his actions, while his culture minister has resigned…

The defendants in the trial that started yesterday include some of the most prominent reformist politicians, including Khatami’s former vice-president, Mohammad Ali Abtahi.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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