The most important group of religious leaders in Iran has called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.
The statement by the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult — if not impossible.
“This crack in the clerical establishment and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi in my view is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. “Remember they are going against an election verified and sanctified by Khamenei.”
IT AIN'T OVER YET!
THERE'S ONE MAJOR MULLAH WHO HASN'T YET COME OUT FORCEFULLY AGAINST THE IRANIAN REGIME, WHOSE SUPPORT FOR THE REBELLION WOULD BE CRITICAL FOR THE REBELLION: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
OKAY: HE'S NOT A MULLAH... YET.
BUT HIS UNMITIGATED SUPPORT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO THE REBELLION.
WHY IS HE HOLDING BACK?
IT'S EITHER STUPID OR IMMORAL.
OBAMA AIN'T DUMB, SO I GUESS HE'S IMMORAL.
UPDATE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS THAT OBAMA IS TO THE RIGHT OF HALF THE MULLAHS IN IRAN!
(UPDATE: ONE HOUR LATER AND INSTAPUNDIT POSTS A LINK.)