Khamenei: Failing the Test

From The Guardian:

Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, warned today that continuing divisions would lead to the collapse of the country’s ruling elite, after a former president called for a referendum on the government’s legitimacy.

The referendum call from Mohammad Khatami appeared to be part of an opposition strategy to keep Khamenei and allied hardliners on the defensive over last month’s disputed elections.

It coincided with a demand from Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leading opposition candidate in those elections, for the release of opposition supporters detained for protesting against the official results, which gave a landslide victory to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another former president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, gave a speech at Friday prayers in which he said the Islamic Republic was in crisis and the government had lost the trust of millions of Iranians.

Khamenei, whose previously unquestioned authority is now under daily challenge, hit back furiously. “The elite should be watchful, since they have been faced with a big test. Failing the test will cause their collapse,” the supreme leader said, in a speech to mark a religious holiday, attended by government officials including Ahmadinejad, who sat on the stage behind him.

For some reason I don’t find the collapse of Iran’s ruling elite a disturbing prospect. Perhaps I’m not the target demographic.

FILED UNDER: Uncategorized, , , , ,
Dave Schuler
About Dave Schuler
Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.


  1. I know I’m not in the target demographic (I’m damned under Islam, I won’t submit).

    Mag bye…..

  2. Eric Florack says:

    There’s an old saying… “Don’t ever challange ‘worse'”. Dont ever say “it could never get worse”.

    I don’t care if you’e in a sinking rowboat miles from shore in shark infested waters. Don’t ever say it couldn’t get worse. The boat could be on fire. Thus, my reaction to:

    For some reason I don’t find the collapse of Iran’s ruling elite a disturbing prospect.

    On it’s face, I might not either, except for a nagging concern over what might replace them after such a collapse. The idea of what replaces the current regime being being a bigger problem for the world, I regard as an open question.