Here is a revealing analysis of the crux of the conflict in Iran from the Jerusalem Post, Friday May 19, 2009.
The report underscores why there is no evidence that Iranian societal irredentism is about to change dramatically
Have we seen women demonstrators burning their chadoors? No but you see “Chadooris” demonstrating.
Have we seen any minorities joining the throngs? No, but you see their brutal oppressors the “Hizballahi” well represented.
What is transpiring remains predominantly a fight between two ugly options—the Rafsanjani/Mousavi faction and their Mullahs, versus the Ahmadinejad/Khameini faction and their Mullahs.
Iran is not about to be weaned from its Mullah’s Milk—a noxious brew that has been fermenting and fomenting since the early 16th century.
Just read the enlightened ideas one of the most lionized “reformist ” Ayatollah’s of all, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who is “anti-Ahmadinejad.”
Thoughts of the Prototypical Enlightened Reformist Ayatollah
The “Enlightened” Ayatollah Montazeri believes that a non-Muslim (kafir’s) impurity was, “a political order from Islam and must be adhered to by the followers of Islam, and the goal [was] to promote general hatred toward those who are outside Muslim circles.” This “hatred” was to assure that Muslims would not succumb to corrupt, i.e., non-Islamic thoughts. Historian Eliz Sanasarian provided a striking example of the practical impact of this renewed najas consciousness, championed by Montazeri:
In the case of the Coca-Cola plant, for example, the owner (an Armenian) fled the country, the factory was confiscated, and Armenian workers were fired. Several years later, the family members were allowed to oversee the daily operations of the plant, and Armenians were allowed to work at the clerical level; however, the production workers remained Muslim. Armenian workers were never rehired on the grounds that non-Muslims should not touch the bottles or their contents, which may be consumed by Muslims.
Key excerpts the Post article are provided below. And do read it all.
Refusing to be cornered by Khameini and his reelected watchdog, Mousavi and Rafsanjani are giving “old school” a new meaning by taking the Iranian people back 30 years, to when they wanted to be freed from the “dictator.” Luckily for Mousavi and Rafsanjani, a significant portion of the population hate Ahmadinejad even more. The “reformists” have been waiting for this moment since Ali Khameini transformed the parliament into a 70-percent conservative majority in 2004. Rafsanjani and Khatami remained silent while Mousavi was getting in touch with his artistic side. Khameini and Ahmadinejad might win this battle, as the “reformists” are fully aware, but some members of the parliament who bear witness to their colleagues’ arrests and disappearances might not wait around to be the regime’s victims. Khatami, Mousavi and Rafsanjani have remained dormant over the years and finally decided to “protect the people’s votes” – after Rafsanjani was forced to resign, Khatami’s brother was arrested, and Mousavi at one point was nowhere to be found.
This trio is riding the wave as long as they can, and will do or say anything to keep up the hype among supporters.