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Machiavelli Rafsanjani ally on ‘legitimacy’

June 22, 2009

Hossein Marashi is spokesman for the Kargozaran (Executives of Construction) Party, and cousin to Rafsanjani‘s wife. In a telephone interview with the Financial Times, he says that ‘with the lack of legitimacy of the Ahmadi-Nejad government, sooner or later the country’s management will face various crises.’ Marashi and his Rafsanjani-affiliated party urged Mousavi ‘to form a “political bloc” that would pursue a long-term campaign to undermine the “illegitimate” government.’ Marashi claims that Mousavi ‘was now the leader of an opposition that was not without options.’

I’ve called Mousavi unwise and irresponsible before, and I’ll call him unwise and irresponsible again. Even the Tweets of sudden ‘green’ movement champion Andrew Sullivan (who earlier warned of ‘brown skin‘ in the streets, possibly belonging to Arabs) quotes a protester: ‘it’s really sad, ppl getting killed, we don’t have proper leadership.’ Instead of providing that leadership, Mousavi has espoused martyrdom rhetoric and praised the Basij. In his career as a self-described ‘fundamentalist reformist’ he has never undermined the structure of the IRI, but has done nothing to quell that belief among supporters who call the current crisis a ‘revolution.’ Rather he has acted entirely within the IRI’s fortalice by taking the ‘prodigal son’ label literally: he has allowed Rafsanjani to practically fashion his career for him (he went into obscurity once Rafsanjani became president, and arose out of obscurity with significant financial backing from Rafsanjani).

Now a Rafsanjani ally dares to speak about ‘legitimacy’ with a p-p-p-p-poker face. If Mousavi were any wiser or tactful as a politician, he would openly recognize that his sponsor Rafsanjani has the least credible score card of legitimacy in all of Iran, a man whose family clan arouses the fury of Iranians with their ‘vast financial empires, including foreign trade, vast landholdings and the largest network of private universities.’

The illegitimacy of the Rafsanjani ilk extends to the pilfering of Iran’s artistic treasures. Marashi’s laughable Wikipedia page admits that his detractors ‘believe that the disappearance of some invaluable historical pieces and destruction of some historical building [when Marashi headed the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran] happened during his responsibility, and […] despite public pressure, he never took any action to stop the trend.’

None of Iran’s elites–including the terrible clownish buffoon of a ‘winner’ Ahmadinejad and the deliberately out-of-touch Khamenei–should dare lecture the public about legitimacy.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2009 16:06

    I appreciate your commentary and analysis. Just wanted you to know. Keep it coming.

  2. farzin esfandiari permalink
    June 22, 2009 19:36

    I am not sure if your piece is worth responding, because you don’t even have your facts right, let alone show any understanding of the context. The relationship between Raf and Mousavi, is as close as the relationship between fart and forehead, as we say in Farsi.

    He praises Basij because he wants to pacify part of them that are inclined towards the ppl, something that other reformists and activists are also doing.

    He never called himself a ‘fundamentalist reformist’. He called himself a “eslahtalabe osolgara’. A ‘principal-guided reformist’. Get your facts straight. He means he still believes in the principals of the revolutions, freedom of expression, social justice, distributive justice, and indepence.

    Mousavi has a clean financial record. He is responsible for mistakes in the past, but these are understandable given the historial context. If you want to have your hands clean, you shuold just not get involved in a messy revolution — which was not an atractive option for ppl of his generation.

  3. southissouth permalink
    June 22, 2009 20:10

    Interesting one should use the word ‘clean’ in a discussion about the legitimacy of Iran’s elites.

  4. Thomas permalink
    June 22, 2009 21:18

    Your blog reminds me of As’ad AbuKhalil’s. I agree with much of what he says, and disagree with much of it as well. The same applies here. Nonetheless, I find your blog to be very interesting.

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