June 15, 2013

"Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani took a commanding lead over conservative rivals in Iran's presidential election..."

"... partial vote counts showed on Saturday, in what could be the makings of a surprise victory over favored hardliners."

10 comments:

Tim said...

Moderate cleric allowed to run for office in Iran?

Reuters really does believe we're stupid, don't they?

But, in their defense, we did vote for Obama, twice.

So they're probably right about that.

Tim said...

"The outcome is unlikely to transform relations between Iran and the outside world, the Islamic Republic's disputed policy on developing nuclear power or its support of Syria's president in the civil war there - matters of national security that remain the domain of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."

So why can't Reuters simply say he'll be a figure-head, should he win?

John Lynch said...

If someone really was a moderate, they couldn't run in the first place.

edutcher said...

Moderate cleric?

As in moderate Nazi?

elkh1 said...

Moderate chops off part of your head, conservative chops off the whole head. Moderate chops off your left hand, conservative chops off your right hand. Moderate stones you to half death, conservative stones you to death.

traditionalguy said...

If he turns out to be a real moderate, then the Religion of Peace will assassinate him in a Mecca second.

Paul said...

Hahahaha.. 'Moderate' over there means they just use a sharper blade to cut off heads.

gk1 said...

Yeesh, reminds me of my "yute" when AP and UPI was proclaiming Yuri Andropov, former KGB Chief a "moderate" because he enjoyed drinking scotch and listening to jazz records. I don't know if the press is just lazy or too god damned stupid to do their jobs and report objective facts.

Cedarford said...

Tim said...
"The outcome is unlikely to transform relations between Iran and the outside world, the Islamic Republic's disputed policy on developing nuclear power or its support of Syria's president in the civil war there - matters of national security that remain the domain of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."

Tim : So why can't Reuters simply say he'll be a figure-head, should he win?

Simply, because there are spheres of authority. Some powers are the Presidents, others go to the Revolutionary Council.
Ignorant Americans thought if Amahdinejad had the name President, he must have identical powers to our American President.

Not so, never the case.

But Iran's President does have authority over much of the domestic secular aspects of Iran that are outside national security and religious purview.


Bruce Warren said...

"Moderate" is the Western Left's code word for Muslim leader who has not openly called for mutilation of women, stoning of gays, etc. Not yet, anyway.