Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ahmadinejad the Reformer...

Senior MP: Iran Needless of Resuming Ties with US 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Iranian parliament dismissed the necessity for any talks over the resumption of Tehran's ties with Washington, underlining that Iran's national interests are better met with frozen ties with the US.

Speaking to FNA, member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Javad Jahangirzadeh pointed to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent remarks in New York on resumption of ties with the US, and stated, "There is no need for negotiation with the US." 
Article continues at Fars News

PBS posted a story this summer recounting the experiences of a revolutionary guard conscript which I reviewed on this blog. During this anonymous conscripts training he retells an incident where a senior official condemned Rafsanjani saying that "Rafsanjani should be judged as three men: first, the fighter before the Revolution until the end of the war, whom I respect; second, the president after the war, whom I criticize; and third, the man he is now, who has lost his way."

Perhaps the world will also remember Ahmadinejad as multiple persons; the fiery populist who was swept into power in 2005, the hardline conservative of 2009, and the reformer who fought the intransigent clerical authorities in 2011.