By Kasra Naji
As Iran's nuclear software 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? the world over acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's buddies, kinfolk, and associates to inform for the 1st time the real tale of the way he got here to strength. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means earlier than 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 to date recommend. whereas Naji files Ahmadinejad's frequently unusual habit, he additionally indicates him to be jam-packed with advanced contradictions: a guy gripped by way of apocalyptic ideals, but in a position to switching non secular allegiance within the quest for strength. a guy tricky adequate 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 subtle sufficient to win the help of the omnipotent innovative safeguard. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and indicates us the plots, passions, and personalities that might impact Ahmadinejad's subsequent circulate, whereas the area waits with bated breath.
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The lights had been switched off inside the campus and in the streets surrounding it. In the dark, a deadly silence hung as hundreds of people on street corners around the campus watched in darkness the armed Revolutionary Guard and members of neighbourhood Komitehs holding their fire to see whether there were incoming shots. 26 AHMADINEJAD The storming of Tehran University, the most prestigious in Iran, had started in the early afternoon of the previous day. Pro-Khomeini forces arrived in mid-afternoon to throw out the leftist students.
They were branded either as counter-revolutionaries or lackeys of the Shah’s regime. Many students were also purged, while new university applicants had to pass through a strict screening process. This entailed revolutionary inspectors examining their loyalty to the Islamic Revolution by visiting their homes and neighbours to check on them and their parents. Selection committees were formed to carry out the task of screening professors and students. This task was later extended to all schools, high schools and even government departments.
Whatever the truth of the situation, the last word so far seems to be from an unlikely source: the CIA. The agency, after analysing the photograph claiming to depict the new Iranian president at the US embassy, declared definitively that the bearded figure was not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As a final point, it is also clear that any links with hostage taking would pose a liability for him as president. Indeed many Iranians, including a number of the hostage takers, today view the episode as a monumental mistake that turned Iran into a pariah state in the eyes of the West and stunted its development for decades to come.
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