Paris-Tehran, 30 March (IPS) Realising that a train that has “no brake and no rear gear” would finish crashed either in a ravine, or against a mountain rock, or into the final station where it would set everything on blaze and killing score of people, Iranian highest-ranking decision makers are seriously thinking about removing the fanatical train driver before the wild machine kills everyone on board, according to highly informed sources in Tehran.
“Ahmadi Nezhad’s latest declarations and provocations is starting to frightening the highest ranking officials, including the regime’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i”, one well informed source told Iran Press Service, adding: “It seems his last sortie, that he has thrown out of the Iranian nuclear train the rear gear and the brakes was the drop that over pours the cup of water”.
Ahmadi Nezhad has almost lost all the important people that backed him during presidential elections last year.
Although in his Iranian New Year address to the nation, Ayatollah Khameneh’i expressed satisfaction with the Government’s actions, but it was for its domestic undertakings, not on foreign level, political analysts pointed out.
The “inner” opposition to Ahmadi Nezhad is conducted by Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the regime’s virtual number two man, conducting a troika made by himself, former Majles Speaker Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, the leader of the pro-reform E’temad Melli (National Confidence) Party and former president Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, insiders said.
In less tan six months, the country and the regime that had regained its place among the international orchestra, recovered pride, was enjoying international respect and normal to friendly relations with all its neighbours under the presidency of Khatami, sank into isolation, regarded as an antagonizing regime and an international trouble-maker, they stressed.
Ahmadi Nezhad has almost lost all the important people that backed him during presidential elections last year. His closest ally at that time, Mr. Ali Larijani, the Secretary of the Supreme Council on National Security who is in charge of the Iranian controversial and delicate nuclear issue is angry with him, accusing the President of being responsible for the transfer of the problem from the International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA) to the United Nations Security Council, which approved two resolutions against the Islamic Republic, the second at unanimity of the members, that included China and Russia, Tehran’s traditional allies, as well as some third world nations which, traditionally, would support Iran at the IAEA.
“Probably, Ahmadi Nezhad’s fate would be sealed in the coming months”, one highly informed source told Iran Press Service, adding the man the “pragmatic troika” is considering to put in his place is Mr. Khatami.
“Everyone remembers the spring time Iran and Iranian people enjoyed under the eight years of Khatami’s presidency. Everyone remember the respect and friendliness he would be received by foreign leaders. Everyone remember that under his presidency, the press flourished, Iranians outside and inside the country reconciled. Iranians who used to keep their faces down raised their faces again, filled with a sense of pride being Iranian. Everyone remember his internationally lauded proposal for Dialogue and Friendship among civilizations and cultures. Everyone remember the eloquence of his speeches, his friendly and smiling face, hence his nickname of “the smiling seyyed” (descending from the prophet’s line). And everyone regrets his absence, one scholar said, adding “it was because of all these that he was accused by some ultras of having saved the regime”.
The reason that that Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani is backing the replacement of Ahmadi Nezhad by Khatami is that he knows that he is not much popular with the ordinary Iranian and also that Khameneh'i would veto him, analysts explained.
According to insiders, the man who coordinates the coming back of Mr. Khatami is Mr. Sadeq Kharrazi, Iran’s former ambassador to Paris and one of the influential member of the former Iranian nuclear negotiators team.
This is important because in fact, not only Mr. Sadeq Kharrazi is closely associated with the powerful Chairman of the Expediency Council, he is also closely linked to the Iranian leader buy alliance, which explains his success during his tenure as ambassador in France.
A former Deputy Foreign Affairs minister under Mr. Khatami, Mr. Kharrazi was sacked by his uncle, Kamal Kharrazi, the foreign Affairs minister, after it was revealed that he had traveled secretly to Cyprus for a meeting with some American lawmakers, arranged by Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, and sent to Paris.
In a very recent visit to Egypt, Mr. Khatami met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and stressed on the possibilities of resuming relations between Tehran and Cairo, which were cut immediately after the victory of the Islamic Republic on order of Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini aimed at punishing Egypt that had recognised Israel.
“For the first time, Iranian state-owned, leader-controlled Voice and Visage (Radio and Television) reported Mr. Khatami’s visits abroad, including his meetings with the leaders and personalities of the countries he visits”, one journalist noted, adding that “this is an important signal, because generally, Khatami’s activities were ignored by Radio and Television reported only by what remains of Iranian independent and pro-reform newspapers and internet sites and some semi-independent news agencies like the ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency)”. ENDS AHMADI REVOKED 30307