Saturday, December 17, 2005

You don't believe in the Holocaust? How about living it!

An attempted assassination of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken place. At least one of his bodyguards was killed in the attack which occurred "in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan."
[T]he lead car in the presidential motorcade confronted armed bandits and trouble-makers on the Zabol-Saravan highway.. . .

Ahmadinejad traveled to the restive province, where ethnic Baluchis have been fighting for years for autonomy, on Wednesday and returned to Tehran on Friday afternoon. Tehran often refers to anti-government activists and political opponents of the Islamist regime as “bandits” and “trouble-makers”.. . .

The Sunni Baluchis have faced years of religious and racial discrimination under Iran’s Shiite clergy-dominated government.
Of course the U.S. and Israel both have some interest is getting this dude out of power. I think that we'd want to take out the nuclear program first. The story sheds some doubt on whether Ahmadinejad was even involved, but Michael Ledeen writes:
I’ve just received a call from a usually reliable person saying that there was an assassination attempt in Iran against President Ahmadi Nezhad, who was in a car. His driver and guards were killed, and he is in the hospital, apparently likely to survive. I couldn’t get any details about the intensity of the blue energy waves flowing from his cranium...but if this story is true it suggests that there are powerful folks in Iran who have decided the president is more trouble than he’s worth...and they’d rather go back to the old deception of having someone who can lull the West into a false sense of security.
(Via Jeff Goldstein)


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