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Michael van der Galien

“Pragmatic” Larijani Sides With Ahmadinejad

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Posted on January 3 2010 12:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Most recently, in the wake of the tumultuous protests that rocked Iran last week on Ashura, Larijani came out even more forcefully against the opposition, seemingly leaving no room for future compromise. Telling members of Majlis that officials should “arrest offenders of [Islam] and mete out the harshest punishments to anti-revolutionary figures with no mercy,” Larijani went onto echo the regime’s fall-back rebuttal to the massive protests that have become a Tehran-fixture as of late: that they are composed of and funded by Western powers. “US and British officials’ disgraceful comments about the sacrilegious events of Ashura are so disgustingly vivid that they clarify where this movement stands when it comes to destroying religious and Revolutionary values,” he said.

All of this means that Larijani appears to now be unequivocally putting all of his chips on the table and siding with the regime. This may be out of loyalty to Khamenei in his most beleaguered hour, or it may stem out of a genuine desire to see the reformists in Iran marginalized. Whatever his reason, as the number of fatalities among protesters rise and as the Islamic Republic’s chances of survival fall, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Iran’s head of parliament has pledged his allegiance to a dying regime rather than preserving a possible way out of the current crisis gripping the country.

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