Sunday, November 19, 2006

A hardliner to terrify hardliners

As if Iran isn't giving the West enough to worry about, Ayatollah Mohammad Mesbah-Yazdi, the spiritual adviser of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is making a move to replace Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as supreme leader of Iran.

Described a year ago by The Telegraph as "a hardliner to terrify hardliners", this is the same Ayatollah who issued a fatwa endorsing Ahmadinejad for president of Iran. Unlike Khamenei, he doesn't even try to disguise his rabid fundamentalism.

According to Wikipedia's entry on Mesbah-Yazdi, he "believes that slavery and aggression are justifiable" and a student of his has stated that the use of nuclear weapons has "religious legitimacy".

1 comment:

Lefty said...

No, let's let this extremists' extremist gain the Grand Ayotollah spot. Then the Iranian Counter-Revolution will begin sooner, succeed quicker, than if Rasfajani et al get it.