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Killers on the Loose in Iran

November 11th, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Al-Reuters reports that Iran’s deputy minister of industry, Mr. Safdar Rahmat Abadi, was killed on Sunday evening as he got into his car in Tehran.  He was shot in the head and the chest, and two shell casings were found in his vehicle.

If those are true facts, Minister Abadi was likely killed by someone he knew and did not fear.  There don’t seem to be any suspects at the moment (no surprise there;  all the usual suspects have by now been rounded up by the Rouhani government, and aren’t let out of jail to kill high-ranking government officials).  Reuters ponders the significance of the event, noting that the assassination of a top official in the central government is rare, although plenty of local officials, Revolutionary Guards, and other security officers have been killed.

Like the attack on security personnel in Baluchistan, for example.  Late in October, 14 border guards were killed.  By somebody.  The killers were not identified, but the Rouhani regime took the opportunity to kill 16 Baluchis who were, a local judge said, “linked to terrorism.”  Such events are now so common as to verge on the routine.  Ergo, there are plenty of Iranians eager for revenge.

Still, it’s not obvious that the deputy minister of industry has been involved in the murder of his fellow citizens.  If I had to guess at a motive, it would be rage over some seizure of property or failure to pay wages or refusal to cater to the wishes of some powerful faction.  It’s almost impossible for Americans to imagine the extent of corruption within the regime.  Reuters is trying to educate us, to their credit, publishing an investigation of the wealth of the supreme leader.  So far, only the first of three articles has appeared, but it’s pretty eye-opening.  Reuters credits Khamenei for a personal — not institutional, but personal — fortune of about $95 billion.  A lot of that came from taking away the property of his fellow Iranians.  Indeed, the article begins with just such a case, an 82-year-old woman who lost her home, and those of her kids, because the leader wanted them.

In addition to underestimating Iranian corruption, we also underestimate the extent of internal conflict.  There’s a lot of fighting among several factions, ranging from the Khamenei family to two or three elements of the Revolutionary Guards, the high clergy in Qom, the bazaaris, the Ahmadinejad loyalists, and the Larijani mafia.  The regime is riven by a war of all against all, especially as Khamenei’s health periodically worsens, and his foreign doctors perform their miracles to enable him to function.

The factions are fighting for power and wealth, and I would not be surprised to see other top officials killed or wounded in the weeks and months to come.

Yet another reason for the West to maintain or increase pressure on the Iranian tyrants, and support the oppressed people of that most unhappy land.

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Valerie Jarrett runs Foreign Policy for Iran and against our interest and against Israel's and much of the rest of the world. Look who shaped Obama's worldview.

Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Don Warden, Alice Palmer, Barack Obama, Sr., Bill Ayers, Carl Davidson, Robert Malley, Edward Said.

Don't take my word for it, read his TWO autobiographies. (A man who had done nothing of note, apparently was not sated by one alone...had to have a second ghostwritten)

Also read Stanley Kurtz's RADICAL-IN-CHIEF

If our bizarre lurching and inane statements in Benghazi, Damascus, Cairo, Tehran, Turkey, Guatemala, and with Russia confound you...take a moment to study the history and lives and position statements of Obama and those who mentored him, shaped him and surround him.

Then try to sleep tonight. The axis of evil has rolled inside the gates
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I like this tweet from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Bloomberg defence: ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,’. Indeed. This is big headache for all journos in China if dig deep

Plenty of stuff that people in Iran, and China, don't want others to see. Good on Reuters to stand up to Khameini, and his entourage of deformed souls, reprobates, scoundrels, scalawags, and similar ilk.
40 weeks ago
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Michael, I pay attention to what is on twitter, as well as on facebook, and there is an option that needs to be considered.

Stalin viewed the Polish government in exile as an irritant during the Second World War, and dealt with it.

Why shouldn't there be an Iranian government in Exile that can be in the good graces of more than the West? For instance, why would the Kremlin continue to back Assad, given the mounting amount of skepticism surrounding Assad?

Thank you.
40 weeks ago
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Clearly a case of suicide - move along.
41 weeks ago
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"In addition to underestimating Iranian corruption..."

Just as the West has endlessly underestimated socialist corruption.

There is a strange symmetry in how the liberal elites in academia, journalism and the arts treat the West on the one hand and socialism and islam on the other: The West is assumed to be endlessly corrupt while its enemies are assumed to be deeply moral.
41 weeks ago
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Supreme Leader Khamenei 'owns and controls' $95 billion fortune (Reuters article- 3-part)The murders of Dep.Min. for Industry etc. Abadi being shot oncew in head and once in the heart by a person known to him- but last month's killing of Muftaba Ahmedi who was shot twice to the heart and left in a wooded area supports (your) assessment of internal strife- Ahmedi was the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Cyber warfare unit. Ayatollah Khamenei did not have any public appearances/speeches etc. for about 3 weeks- later reasons given he was studying/writing the US/Iran Agreement (lifting sanctions) that also targeted Setad. Reminds one of the USSR when Lenin had a stroke and the internal battles Stalin/TrotskyFelix et al.
41 weeks ago
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Mr. Ledeen,

'If those are true facts,'

HONESTLY? from a professional writer? true facts? facts are either facts or they are untrue. Otherwise, you're telling us what most of us already knew.

Coeurmaeghan in Twentynine Palms CA
41 weeks ago
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If those are true facts...

As opposed to Obama facts.

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So hard to find killers in a sea of Moslems, crazed hate distillers,
Men with a cause, no respect for life, they'll kill without pause.
Sunni, Shia, Salafi, Mahdavia, Ahmaddiya, even Mo-Bro-Hood,
Shoot, stab, cut, poison, bash, burn, behead: all for the good.
41 weeks ago
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If only ...
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Valerie Jarrett runs Foreign Policy for Iran and against our interest and against Israel's and much of the rest of the world. Look who shaped Obama's worldview.

Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Don Warden, Alice Palmer, Barack Obama, Sr., Bill Ayers, Carl Davidson, Robert Malley, Edward Said.

Don't take my word for it, read his TWO autobiographies. (A man who had done nothing of note, apparently was not sated by one alone...had to have a second ghostwritten)

Also read Stanley Kurtz's RADICAL-IN-CHIEF

If our bizarre lurching and inane statements in Benghazi, Damascus, Cairo, Tehran, Turkey, Guatemala, and with Russia confound you...take a moment to study the history and lives and position statements of Obama and those who mentored him, shaped him and surround him.

Then try to sleep tonight. The axis of evil has rolled inside the gates
41 weeks ago
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cfbleachers: I was under the impression that everyone who reads this blog new that since at least February 2008?
40 weeks ago
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Five years later, and one year later, I am still attempting to digest how the American people gave this guy the most powerful position in the world, vote fraud notwithstanding. Actually, I will no longer try to assimilate this reality - it's beyond me.
41 weeks ago
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The dems did everything in their playbook (and then some) to get Misfire reelected. Voter fraud on a semi-massive scale is always a DNC team favorite and is practiced just below a threshold allowing the MSM to safely ignore it without losing total credulity. It helped that the dems’ mega get-out-the-vote voter drive probably stepped on the law (and decency) more than a few times. One of its semi-legal incarnations featured inner city cattle-call round ups and buses converging in caravan formation on polling places all at once--a country in Florida recorded a proud one hundred and fifty percent turnout of registered voters. The dem’s negative ad campaign in five key swing states included a man tearfully accusing Romney of murdering his wife and in others the nominee was merely an unindicted co-conspirator in numerous crimes against humanity. The IRS targeted conservative PACs, and even those with unObama sounding names, with hyper slow approval on their requests for tax exempt status. The dems also ran the Greatest-Show-On-Earth version of a political convention that could only have been designed by psychologists specializing in the dungeon science of propaganda and mass manipulation. And never forget that for many in an increasingly secular America the Democratic Party is an adequate substitute (as in default) for traditional organized religion. Stirring up class envy is as close a call to the tried and true appeals to murder in the name of religion as you can get in contemporary America. But the only ‘religion’ these people see on the landscape of their always unfinished utopia is the old, nagging, outdated US Constitution.
41 weeks ago
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Believe me, I understand the temptation to blame it on "professional political machinery" so to speak. But I have to say that in this case, an old maxim proved true. That being that the American people got the president they deserved.

I hate to say it -- I'm an American, and a patriot. But that still doesn't blind me to the fact that a little bad press on Romney and the people "fled."

I will give you one point however -- I have never in my life (born 1965) seen the MSM *this* much in the camp of the Left, the Leftists, the Democrats, and ultimately in Obama's lap.
41 weeks ago
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I agree, we have the president the people wanted. Watching the insane way people drive in rush hour prompted a reflection that perhaps our citizens are a bit " juiced " from either alchohol, drugs, or stimulents and lack the desire to give a rip outside their own little world.
41 weeks ago
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I think that the Deputy Minister of Industry stabbed in the back probably because he went against the current, especially since the country experiencing high levels of terrible corruption by the ruling powerful gang and highly influential. This reminds me in the masters of corruption in Syria, for instance "Rami Makhlouf" is Syria's wealthiest man, he is the most corrupt man in Syria. He controls on more than 60% of the Syrian economy, that is to say, no foreign company can do business in Syria without his consent and partnership. He is a part of President Bashar's inner circle because he is the maternal cousin of President Bashar Assad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rami_Makhlouf

I think the sum of $ 95 billion is related only with companies and assets, let alone the huge financial deposits in tens of billions of dollars, or perhaps in hundreds of billions in foreign banks. No doubt some deposits was blocked by banks. In fact the entire the country's oil wealth in their hands, where the Iran’s massive revenues from oil are controlled by the Godfather of Iranian oil mafia, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his close relatives and also the rest of the Mafia gang, the powerful clerics who are very close to the supreme Leader. No doubt there are too many of private properties that seized by Mullahs regime are belonging to some ethnic minorities in Iran, including the Jews who emigrated to Israel and Ahwazi Arabs and others of minorities, especially that minorities are suffering from ugly persecution and discrimination in Iran.
In general, most of oil-rich Muslim countries are an failed states did not grant its people a comprehensive cultural life. They tyrannized their own people, massacred them, oppressed them, and impoverished them. They employing the enormous oil revenues in service of jihad against the infidels "the Zionists and the Crusaders" through unlimited support for terrorism and building an banned weapons. That massive revenues also can helps them in employing some officials in some governments for their side. For example, during the embargo on Saddam's regime. Saddam recruited some political officials, pundits, journalists and activists in the West for his favor in program of the exchange of the oil in nourishment, where they made the good livings by their lying to their people and to the world. Among them "the late Chirac, Mr. Schroder, Mr. George Galloway, the nazi Jorg Haider, officials in Vatican and in the institution of fail and utter impotence (UN), China, in Russia, and others of such spiteful ilk." It was a program of the exchange of oil with shameful political decisions against the United States, which is why at that time in 2003, the USA didn't receive a great deal of support from most of European governments during the run-up to Iraq's liberation war.
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"sorry, I know that President Chirac is technically still alive..."
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