Did the “Hidden Imam” send a flash signal to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he was addressing the United Nations last September? Is the new president assisted by an army of djins and angels?
These and similar questions are now all the rage in Tehran. Designed as part of a campaign of character assassination against Ahmadinejad, they do not come from secularists or atheists who do not believe in the “Hidden Imam” or dijns and angels.
The architects of this campaign are mullahs in the Rafsanjani-Khatami faction that Ahmadinejad defeated in last summer’s election.
Aimed at portraying the new president as a mentally imbalanced individual suffering from visions and hallucinations, the campaign replaces an earlier one in which Ahmadinejad was presented as a “terrorist and hostage-taker”.
The main theme of the campaign is that Iran is now led by a man who believes in “fables like the Hidden Imam” and eschatological and millenarian “superstitions”.
“We need a rational approach to politics,” says Hashemi Rafsanjani, the businessman-mullah defeated by Ahmadinejad. The implication is that Ahmadinejad, who has asked his ministers to sign pledges to the “Hidden Imam”, is acting irrationally.
“We must be guided by logic,” adds former president Mohammad Khatami, another mullah and a protÃ©gÃ© of Rafsanjani. Again, the implication is that Ahmadinejad is off his rockers.
Taheri goes on to say that the anti-Ahmadinejad mullahs are being hypocritical, and he’s right. Read it all.