Iran’s Relationship with the U.S. Could be Changing

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Several recent articles about Iran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appear to contain a situation of internal unrest.  There appears to be a growing conflict between the President and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  There is some home in international circles that the edgy relationship between Iran and the United States could be changing.

Two stories have spiked interest into the workings of Iran’s ruling circle.

WND reported that a member of the revolutionary guard has a taped conversation proving that the 2009 election was falsified.  Several million votes were added to the ballot boxes assuring Ahmadinejad was the victor.  The president threatened to release the tape himself, if his hand-picked successor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, was not allowed on the ballot.

The other report, again by WND, said that a week ago Monday, Ahmadinejad was arrested and detained for seven hours.  He has claimed to possess embarrassing and revealing documents about the regime.  He was warned to literally ‘keep his mouth shut’.

Iranian news services attacked Turkey for reporting the story of Ahmadinejad’s arrest.  They said it was false, and that all Islamic nations should take their news from official sources only, and cease to be “under the influence of foreign news sources”.

Turk news agencies have reported that there have been tensions between Supreme Leader Khamenei and Ahmadinejad in the last few years, and that his arrest was a warning that if he didn’t keep silent, there would be severe consequences.

So who is in charge in Iran?  It’s a simpler answer than one might think.  Ahmadinejad is their political leader, elected, (or not), by the people of Iran.  Khamenei is their Spiritual Leader, and therefore supersedes the authority of the country’s President.  Iran is 100% an Islamic state.

Relations between Turkey and Iran have additionally been strained because of Syria and Israel.

Turkey has called for Bashar Assad, Syria’s ruler, to step down.  Syria and Iran are close allies, and have reportedly aided the Assad government in its battle against the rebels.

In addition, Turkey and Israel have reconciled many of their political problems and reunited their relationship.

WND’s exclusive report on May 2nd, said that the tape the guard was prepared to hand over contained a heated conversation between Ahmadinejad and Vahid Haghanian, the man who head’s up the Supreme Leader’s office.  The tape was made by Ahmadinejad.  During the conversation Haghanian conveyed what the Supreme Leader expected from Ahmadinejad.  He further told him that “they had to add millions of fake votes to declare him the winner despite having all Guards and Basij personnel to vote for him”.

The man who actually won the election in 2009, Mir Hossein Mousavi, was arrested in February 2011, and remains under house arrest.

After the election, which declared that Ahmadinejad had received 62% of the vote, the streets filled with rioters.  By all reports, he had a maximum of one-third of the vote.  Thousands were arrested, and many were tortured, and some were killed.

This appears to be a battle Ahmadinejad cannot win.  Escalating tensions between Khamenei and the President can only create more national uncertainty.  They country is holding elections on June 14th, and the deadline for having names added to the ballot is very near.

The world will be watching to see if changes are coming, and how the people of Iran will react to the results.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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