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Tehran paper attacks Ahmadinejad

Tehran paper attacks Ahmadinejad
By Sadeq Saba
BBC Iranian affairs analyst

In a rare attack on Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardline newspaper has accused him of behaving immorally towards his political rivals.
The Islamic Republic daily, close to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has said Mr Ahmadinejad's behaviour is dangerous for Iran.

The publication is seen as a newspaper with impeccable Islamic credentials.

The attack would be difficult to imagine without at least tacit support from Ayatollah Khamenei.

In a hard-hitting editorial on Wednesday, the Tehran paper said the president's treatment of his critics was immoral, illogical and illegal.

Losing support

It was referring to a recent speech by Mr Ahmadinejad when he described people opposed to his nuclear programme as traitors and accused some senior former nuclear negotiators of spying for foreigners.

The paper said Mr Ahmadinejad was using this tactic to discredit his political rivals prior to the parliamentary elections due early next year.

It called on Iran's judiciary to perform its duty and punish people who make baseless allegations and cause public anxiety.

Such a direct personal attack against President Ahmadinejad is indeed rare in official media in Iran.

It shows that the Iranian president is not only losing support among ordinary people because of economic hardship, he is also angering part of the establishment for using the nuclear issue to bolster his personal power.
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Will it bethe end of Mahmoud?

I would guess that Mr. Ahamdinejad does not really have any deep rooted, or real popular support, in his country, as it is in a mess, now, and he never really fulfilled his campaign promises to the people that elected him in the first place.

Much more importantly, his fate really lies not with the electorate, as in truth he serves pretty much at the pleasure of the Mullahs and those "Revolutionary Guards". I really doubt that people like him who play fast and loose with their masters have an enviable or secure retirement plan to look forward to. If he runs too far afoul of his masters, he might just end up in some Iranian prison, or strung up with a rope.

I couldn't care less what becomes of him, as it was never disproven he wasn't one of the mob leaders who took the US Embassy personnel hostage in 1979, when he was young. Those Mullahs may be a bunch of Wookies, but he is no debutante.

And I doubt he is in the top ten on Israel's hit parade, either, after his remarks about that country.

It reminds me a lot of Pervez Musharrif in Pakistan, whose popularity , as well as his support, does not run deep. I think George W. Bush is taking a HUGE gamble by hitching his wagon to that single individual, Musharrif, in Pakistan.
If he goes, there goes the US bond with Pakistan - it COULD happen.

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