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Moderation, Tehran Style (WSJ via Daily Alert)

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Feb. 29, 2016

  • Moderation, Tehran Style – Editorial
    The Iran nuclear deal’s cheerleaders are proclaiming Friday’s election results as a triumph for the Islamic Republic’s “moderate” and “reformist” factions. Some moderates. Consider Mostafa Kavakebian. The General Secretary of Iran’s Democratic Party, Mr. Kavakebian is projected to enter the Majlis as a member for Tehran. In a 2008 speech he said: “The people who currently reside in Israel aren’t humans.”
    Another moderate is Kazem Jalali, who previously served as spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Majlis and is projected to have won a seat. In 2011 Mr. Jalali said his committee “demands the harshest punishment” – meaning the death penalty – for Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two leaders of the pro-democracy Green Movement who are still under house arrest. The political reality in Iran is that the Ayatollahs, backed by the Revolutionary Guards, remain firmly in control. (Wall Street Journal)
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