As far fetched as it might sound, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s position as the Iranian president might be in jeopardy due to a growing and severe rift within the Iranian leadership.
A major power struggle is taking place between Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Supporters of Khamenei refer to the President as “the deviant current.” They talk openly about those who abuse power and wealth, implying the President seeks to diverge from the path of the Islamic Revolution.
Sounds like fighting words – and in the past, similar condemnations have led to the death penalty or even elimination.
The chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Ali Jafari, has also clearly stated his position by announcing that the Justice Department has now commissioned the Guards to deal with the so-called “deviant current.”
The situation is a far cry from 2009, when both the Supreme Leader and the Guards’ leadership supported Ahmadinejad in the fraudulent presidential elections. In the ensuing uprising, tens of thousands of Iranians were arrested and tortured, many executed. Thousands
remain in prisons across Iran. With the leadership’s support of Ahmadinejad in suppressing countless courageous Iranians, the Islamic Republic lost any shred of legitimacy around the world as its cruelty unfolded.
Ahmadinejad, who truly believes his rise to power was mandated by Allah, would perhaps be wise to realign his position or he may soon experience the bitter taste of standing on the wrong side of the regime. Something he probably would not want to wish on his worst enemy.