By Kasra Naji
As Iran's nuclear application hurries up, all eyes are at the blacksmith's son who may have his finger at the set off. who's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if an individual, does he resolution? across the world acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's acquaintances, kin, and co-workers to inform for the 1st time the real tale of the way he got here to energy. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means prior to released colour images, is an image of a guy who's even more of a strength to be reckoned with than the caricatures provided up thus far recommend. whereas Naji records Ahmadinejad's usually unusual habit, he additionally indicates him to be filled with complicated contradictions: a guy gripped by means of apocalyptic ideals, but able to switching religious allegiance within the quest for energy. a guy difficult sufficient to struggle highway battles within the identify of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude sufficient to ask the German chancellor to affix him in an anti-Jewish alliance, but refined sufficient to win the aid of the omnipotent progressive shield. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and indicates us the plots, passions, and personalities that would impact Ahmadinejad's subsequent movement, whereas the realm waits with bated breath.
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Ahmadinejad: No, it’s not like that. 21 Several sources, including the former security official Hajjarian, said Ahmadinejad believed then that the Soviet embassy, not the US embassy, should be taken. ‘Ahmadinejad believed that the great Satan is the Soviet Union and that America was the smaller Satan,’ Hajjarian said. 22 Years later in a newspaper interview Seyyedinejad said that he and Ahmadinejad had opposed the plan on the grounds that Ayatollah Khomeini had banned lawless actions against targets that were deemed to be connected to the previous regime.
The mosques became centres for mobilizing religious forces, which took over neighbourhood policing Komitehs by professing to be only loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini, who was still vastly popular and respected. Soon after the Revolution and the transfer of power to the new regime Ahmadinejad, according to himself, set up the Islamic Society of Students at his university. Former students dispute this and say that the Islamic Society existed in an underground form well before the Revolution. 13 Ahmadinejad’s involvement with the Hojatieh created an intellectual dilemma for him.
It was situated in the mountainous northwest of Iran. At the time the whole province had a population of little more than a million. The war with Iraq had ended nearly eight years earlier and President Rafsanjani was presiding over a period of economic liberalization and reconstruction. In Tehran, political infighting had broken out among the Islamists. Besharati was an ultra-conservative whom the right-wing Islamists in parliament had forced on President Rafsanjani, whose popularity was ebbing a year before the end of his two terms in office.
Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader by Kasra Naji