Comment is free yesterday ran a series of short articles by bloggers on what change they’d like to see by next year. There’s lots of good ones, but this one by the Iranian blogger Hoder is worth posting in full.
I hope that by this time next year Iran’s incompetent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will have been impeached by the parliament and replaced, at least, with a moderate conservative.
There is growing dissatisfaction with his inexperienced administration, both among ordinary Iranians and the establishment. After all, people elected him in the hope of seeing a higher quality of life and instead they’ve found themselves, after a year, living in a dysfunctional state threatened with global economic isolation.
The irony is that the Islamic Republic of Iran, perhaps the only true post-colonial state in the world, has never behaved so responsibly on the global scene, mainly as a result of the moderate foreign policy adopted by Mohammad Khatami, the previous (reformist) president.
Yet the same country is now one of the most demonised states in the world, mainly because of Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, especially his naive, simplistic and empty anti-Israeli line. (Empty because the Iranian constitution gives the president no control over the military in Iran and the commander in chief, Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly shown implicit support for a two-state solution.)
Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, as an Israeli rightwing newspaper sarcastically puts it, makes him look like a perfect Israeli agent in his unquestionable service to Israel. At the same time, he has damaged Iran’s national interest more than any other living Iranian on the planet.
The case for his democratic removal from the office is so strong that it is not wishful thinking any more. The conservative-dominated parliament is already gathering signatures to formally summon and question him – which is a first step in the path towards impeachment.
But if gone, Ahmadinejad would also take with him and burn the huge investment that rightwing Americans and Israelis have made in him to paint Iran as threatening to the world peace.
Iran could not possibly look as dangerous without Ahmadinejad, and the west has made a mistake in putting all its eggs in one basket.
Let’s hope it happens.
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