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Mullahs Mulling New Governing Body

The political fallout within Iran of the protests against the regime and the election seems to be pretty dramatic. For the first time in 30 years, the mullahs who actually run the place are split and are looking closely at their method of ruling the country and considering what they would see as some rather drastic modifications.

One thing that some of the mullahs are unhappy with (finally) is the power concentrated in the position of “supreme leader”.

Iran’s religious clerics in Qom and members of the Assembly of Experts, headed by Ayatollah Rafsanjani, are mulling the formation of an alternative collective leadership to replace that of the supreme leader, sources in Qom told Al Arabiya on condition of anonymity.

As mentioned before, the Assembly of Experts has the power to remove both the president of the country and the “supreme leader”. Rafsanjani has been at loggerheads with the current supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. 5 members of Rafsanjani’s family were arrested (and later released) during last week’s protests.

Members of the assembly are reportedly considering forming a collective ruling body and scrapping the model of Ayatollah Khomeini as a way out of the civil crisis that has engulfed Tehran in a series of protests,

The discussions have taken place in a series of secret meetings convened in the holy city of Qom and included Jawad al-Shahristani, the supreme representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is the foremost Shiite leader in Iraq.

Serious stuff. And again, going back to what I mentioned in another post, a very large crack in the foundation of “divine authority” the regime is supposed to have.

The reformist clerics are calling for the protesters who’ve been arrested to be released as well. They claim that will help ease tensions. My guess is it will refuel the protests. No word on the clamp down on the media or the internet.

A couple of interesting quotes from protesters:

“The robocops beat us up badly,” one protestor told AFP. “Men and women were beaten up…. My whole body is bruised…. They confiscated my camera.”

Another witness said: “Lots of guards on motorbikes closed in on us and beat us brutally. “As we were running away the Basiji were waiting in side alleys with batons, but people opened their doors to us trapped in alleys.”

According to statements posted by witnesses on the social networking site Facebook, foreign embassies even opened the doors to injured protesters, among them the Danish embassy. The report was not confirmed by the Danish foreign ministry.

Meanwhile, in the US, the phrase of the day is “pass the hotdogs”.

~McQ

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12 Responses to Mullahs Mulling New Governing Body

  • Serious stuff. And again, going back to what I mentioned in another post, a very large crack in the foundation of “divine authority” the regime is supposed to have.

    True. And I think you’re correct on releases of protesters fueling the protests again, even assuming a new shuffling of deckchairs, which these proposals appear to me to be. The reason? It’s my guess that the people there, particularly the protesters, know better than we that once things settle down, and the new power sturcture…(notice, please, I didn’t say ‘new regime’….starts feeling less pressure from the exposure of it’s thuggery, that this cycle will start all over again.

    For it’s part, the regime sees that absent some feint at change, they’re not going to survive this. The question now is, assuming such deckchair shuffling occurs, will the regime get off the hook it finds itself on? Certainly, there’s no condemnation coming from the US government, so they’ve got THAT on their side.

  • Dumb comment here, but I like the alliteration of “Mullah’s Mulling”.
    How many mullets can a Mullah Mull if a Mullah can’t wear mullets?
    Hey, I’m an engineer, not a poet… :)

  • Meanwhile, the former crown prince of Iran contended that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard are showing “discontent” and some are “contemplating the contingency” of defying the regime in the wake of the Islamic Republic’s disputed presidential election.

  • Meanwhile – the media adoration continues – Bush Golf during crisis…..bad!  Obama Golf during crisis? Sign of self confidence!
     
    Oy vey.
    Hot dogs, yum….made with pork I hope.

  • If you had advanced degrees like me, McQ, you would understand that such uncertainty is always a part of international relations. You should also know by now that no matter how things turn out, I will claim to have predicted it.

    That’s because I have godlike powers of political science, while you ex-military basket cases are probably so wigged out from the stress you were under that your judgment simply can’t be trusted. I’m the only one who can explain these complex happenings in the Middle East.

    I’m the only one who can explain to you that Iraq was the biggest foreign policy disaster in US history, and that the violence there is going to increase. Soon. Very soon. You just wait, any day now, it’s going to increase.

    Oh, and I’m clearly the only one who can explain that Sadr won over Maliki. He did, I tell you, he did! I decree it! And the fact that Sadr hasn’t been heard from in months is just evidence of how he’s secretly marshalling his forces. He’s going to come swarming out of his hidden bases with his holy warriors and smite those wicked US servicemen, and, and, uh, where was I? Did I say that out loud?

    Sorry, I meant that he’s going to cause continue destabilization in Iraq, and that’s why the Iranian mullahs will turn out to be the big winner in Iraq, because Sadr is their front man, and, and, and IT’S ALL ABOUT TO FALL APART IN IRAQ! IT JUST HAS TO! IT’s THE BIGGEST FOREIGN POLICY DISASTER IN US HISTORY, I TELL YOU, AND THAT BUSH STUFF ABOUT A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ PULLING OTHER MIDDLE EASTERN REGIMES LIKE IRAN TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY JUST CAN’T WORK!!! IT JUST CAN’T BECAUSE WE SPECIALISTS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DECREE IT!!!!!

    Sorry. I got a little excited there for a moment. But it’s just so darn frustrating coming here day after day, attempting to educate you dense righties, and being continously mocked and insulted. You know, you guys only do that because I’m right. Every attack you make proves how smart I am, and how you are impotent to engage in reasoned argument and dialog with me. It does, I say! Stop laughing! And I don’t either come here out of some weird obsession to bolster my own self-image by lecturing to you guys! Stop saying that!

    Yes, we wise moderates always know the best thing to do, and Obama is a wise moderate who thinks like me, so of course he is being restrained and cautious and not doing anything to offend the mullahs. And I don’t either advocate such a course because I’m a gutless coward, so stop saying that! Just because I think war is icky, that doesn’t make me a pacifist coward!

    Obama’s strategy is just the pragmatic thing to do, especially since anything else would be seen as the imperialist venture it is. You must realize that Obama has to constantly keep the lid on imperialists throughout the military and even some in Congress, so he can’t possibly stand up for Iranian dissidents. And Obama is going to cut spending, as I’ve been saying ever since he took office, and he’s doing exactly the right thing to make up for all the horrible, horrible living beyond our means that started with Reagan. Yes, we should have gone on exactly the way we did under Carter, with high inflation, high interest rates, and high unemployment. That would have stopped us living beyond our means, yessir, because that saint Jimmy Carter knew exactly how our society should be run.

    • Um, it looks like Obama has come out against the theocracy and is now standing with the protesters. So obviously that is the correct thing to do, and that’s not a contradiction to anything I’ve said previously, so stop saying that! It’s still a pragmatic, moderate approach by a man with a Christlike visage who thank goodness thinks the way I do.

      I’m so happy we have him. And happy that the Bush regime is over, finally! And all you thick righties just need to accept that you’re out of power and Obama is going to enact all our wise leftist programs such as healthcare. So deal with it.

  • Pass the hot dogs? Get with the program! It’s all about the soft serve, as President Custard could tell you.

  • To all the Obama defenders wanting to know “what would you do, what’s you’re idea!” – well, first I’d cancel the hot dog party.
    See how easy that was?
    Your turn.
     

  • I would declare them persona non grata (spelling?)

  • oops.  misread who was invited where.  Can’t very well declare them persona non grata on foreign soil.

    • Unless you are Spain. Then you can even indict and try anyone you want, wherever they are.