The Ahmadinejad Islamic Revolution
This is a dispatch from L'Orient-Le Jour:
The newly-elected President of Iran, ultra-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, states that the sensation caused his election can be interpreted as a "new Islamic revolution" --a wave which will soon sweep over the entire world.
A new Islamic revolution is born thanks to the blood of the martyrs of 1384 (the current year in the Iranian calandar) and, God willing, will uproot injustice throughout the world, said Ajmadinejad during a meeting with the families of the victims of the 1981 bombing. The era of oppression, hegemony, tyranny and injustice is coming to an end, he continued, pointedly referring to the United States, and a wave of islamic revolution will soon sweep over the entire world. In a single night, the marytrs walked the same path that would have taken 100 years. This talk recalls the first years of the Iranian revolution of which Mr. Ahmadinejad has extoled the "purity", raising fears in the West. For the last several years, however, Teheran has ceased to export revolution, which once caused Western countries and most Arab states to back Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).
The circumstances in which Mr. Ahmadinejad made these remarks evokes tones of revolution. Mr. Ahmadinejad was meeting with the families of the 70 victims of the bombing of the offices of the Party of the Islamic Republic on June 28, 1981, which killed the Iranian Chief Justice, Ayatollah Mohammed Hosseini Beheshti, dozens of MPs and several ministers. The bombing, attributed to the Mujahedeen-e Khalq [People's Mujahedeen--the terrorist darlings of Paul Wolfowitz--Nur] was one of the first dramas of the Islamic Republic. The following August 30th, President Mohammed Ali Rejaïe and his Prime Minister, Mohammed Javad Bahonar, were assassinated in second bombing. During his campaign, Mr. Ahmadinejad, who will be sworn in on August 3rd, began consultations in view of forming his government. I am exploring things" he said. As speculation swirls, Ahmadinejad added: No one, besides myself, knows what the new government will look like.