Rift between Iranian officials grows

ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Remember that little feud between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei? Well, the spat between the two men isn’t quite over. Ahmadinejad shot back today at comments made by Velayati in an Iranian daily newspaper criticizing Ahmadinejad’s hardline nuclear rhetoric, ...

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Remember that little feud between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei? Well, the spat between the two men isn’t quite over.

Ahmadinejad shot back today at comments made by Velayati in an Iranian daily newspaper criticizing Ahmadinejad’s hardline nuclear rhetoric, saying that the former foreign minister and Khamenei advisor had no role in the country’s nuclear program:

Velayati is a respected man. Like everyone else in Iran, he is free to have personal views… But he is not involved in nuclear decision making.”

Ahmadinejad may be more delirious than I thought if he actually thinks that “everyone in Iran is free to have personal views.” Did he get the memo about Ahmad Batebi, Iran’s estimated 250 executions last year, the systematic suppression of journalists and bloggers, or that the country was ranked 181st out of 195 countries in Freedom House’s annual Freedom of the Press survey last year? Apparently not.

And with tensions brewing between Iran and the West, it would help to know who is actually in charge of the Islamic Republic. I never thought I’d say this, but let’s hope it’s Khamenei.

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