Ahmadinejad gets a ‘kick in the nuts’ from Iranian cleric

Posted: April 28, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Iran
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iphoto_1235894515564-1-0jpg Mehdi Karoubi, a presidential hopeful in upcoming elections in Iran, stated that Mahmoud Ahmadinjead has damaged Iran’s stance with the international community, also static Ahmadinejad’s refusal to acknowledge the Holocaust negatively affects view of many abroad on Iran.

“Reducing tension with the West surely is my priority,” said Karoubi, one of the main moderate contenders, told a news conference, adding: “The president’s speeches have harmed Iran’s interests.”

Reformists seeking political and social change have criticized Ahmadinejad, who came to power on a pledge to revive the values of the 1979 Islamic revolution, for isolating Iran with fiery speeches against the West.

US-Iranian tensions have worsened since the 2005 election of Ahmadinejad, who questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

“Holocaust is of no concern to Iran whether it existed or not … Such remarks provoke other countries to take measures against Iran,” said Karoubi.

While Karoubi’s words were definitely aimed at local population, it is reasonable to hope he will be the one to win June elections. Karoubi states “Holocaust is of no concern to Iran”, which probably means he does not necessarily believes Holocaust happened; yet, reformists in Iran can bring that nation closer to modern society, which – not perfect as it might be – is one of best things that happened to this world until now.

  1. owlminerva says:

    it is good to see that there are a few more reasonable voices in iran. Does Karoubi have a chance?


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