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Iran, Islam, and the Rule of Law

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 1:53 am

“When Columbia University President Lee Bollinger introduced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his school in September 2007, he denounced him as a “petty tyrant.”

Ahmadinejad is many bad things, including a Holocaust denier and a strong proponent of a nuclear Iran. But as recent events have underlined, Iran is not quite a tyranny, petty or grand, and the office Ahmadinejad occupies does not give him final say in Iranian affairs. That role is more truly occupied by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, head of the Council of Guardians and Iran’s supreme leader.

A real tyranny would never permit elections in the first place—North Korea never does—nor would it allow demonstrations contesting the election results to spiral out of control. Yet Iran is no liberal democracy. So what kind of beast is it? And in what ways should we want its regime to evolve?”

-Francis Fukuyama

Full text here.


The West’s Lack of Understanding and Iran’s Unity

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hooman Majd, author of the books The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollah’s Democracy, wrote an article for Foreign Policy on September 1st, 2010. His main points, as I see it, are that the West just does not understand the politics of Iran and that attacks on Iran bring it closer together rather than force it apart. “Iran-watchers in the West may be please to find Tehran’s political leadership so seemingly willing to oblige the primary intention of the latest international sanctions — namely, to sow discord among Iranian elites,” he begins. He goes on to talk about the public feuds between President Ahmadinejad and others, which led to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ending the fights in August by insisting that politicians work together to better Iran instead of tear it apart.

“To some, Khamenei’s plea may have seemed a sign of desperation,” says Majd. “But that’s little more than wishful thinking dressed up as political analysis.”

While Western politicians may think that the sanctions are working, Iran is pulling itself together and unifying itself. “…[H]istory has shown that outside threats tend to create unity rather than divisions among Tehran’s leadership….”

Why is this so? I don’t know, and I don’t know that I ever will.

If you’d like to read the Majd’s article you can find it here: