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wardropper
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09:11 AM on 06/16/2013
People seem glad to be rid of Ahmad over here, but he clearly isn't a religious fanatic, since he doesn't wear that clerical garb all the current candidates have, and his comments - when taken in context, are not really so far out.
The media has done its usual job of taking everything a foreigner says right OUT of its context, so that we can appear not to be quite as bad as the people we so badly wish to make our enemies - because we want to steal their oil.
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slickmonkyz
09:15 AM on 06/16/2013
His term limit was up, he wasn't even in the election.
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wardropper
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09:22 AM on 06/16/2013
Everybody knows that.
I'm talking about the fact that people seem glad to be rid of him, and I don't think that's all good news. Ahmad wasn't the horrible thing our media made him out to be, and the new "moderate" could well turn out to be nothing of the kind.
Ahmad basically stood up for his country and thumbed his nose at the U.S.
There are plenty of countries in the world with every justification for doing the same.
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DD1Prime
09:21 AM on 06/16/2013
Clothes don't make the man - and robes don't make the fanatic.

Actions - and to a lesser extent words - do.

The most durable legacy of A. will be the huge waste of a nuclear weapons program Iran continues - following in the path of North Korea -resulting in justified fear from Iran's neighbors (NONE support it - not even Russia - which offered free nuclear reactors for actual power plants).

"Peacful nuclear energy" does not result in UN sanctions. "Israel will disappear" are words that lead to war, not trade or development.
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grizzly bear55
King of the forest
09:32 AM on 06/16/2013
Ahmadinejad did not ask you for money, he spent on a program that Iran has been pursuing since the Shah, as a mater of fact, the US gave Iran it's first nuclear material.
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09:10 AM on 06/16/2013
Why "Adios" and not "Auf Wiedersehen?"
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wardropper
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09:13 AM on 06/16/2013
Okay, Einzelgänger.
Auf Wiedersehen.
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09:05 AM on 06/16/2013
Politicians in every country will be politicians, but it is up to us the people to get ourselves educated and bridge the gap of mis-understandings and the cultural gap that divides us from people of other countries and cultures. Opening up relations with other countries including Iran will automatically bring about change, change is natural and it will only happen through people to people communication and interaction.
09:05 AM on 06/16/2013
The Iranian people needs to get rid of their ruling ayatholla clergy. Freedom and equality can never exist within a theocracy.
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grizzly bear55
King of the forest
09:36 AM on 06/16/2013
The iranian people envy you for being searched each time you enter a large building, almost strip searched when you take a flight, spied on by your own government and fed what you are told to and watch the news they impose on you, other than that they really do not care much about you.

So your kind of freedom they prefer you keep and they will keep theirs which is the reason their voted for another clergy.
09:54 AM on 06/16/2013
They voted nothing, they selected nothing, the people have no say.....this charade appeals to anti U.S. liberals like yourself. We do these things to protect us from the the terrorists they support who TARGET women and children. It's never about the victims is it lefty and yes they would love our kind of freedom.
10:12 AM on 06/16/2013
Amazing you seem to think an American posted this. Small world for you? Just because they've got a Huffington account doesn't make all of them Americans.
09:37 AM on 06/16/2013
"Freedom and equality can never exist within a theocracy." Absolutely. Hear that T-baggers?
09:03 AM on 06/16/2013
how long will he last?
09:00 AM on 06/16/2013
I have a friend who used to live in Tehran, and he has repeatedly told me what warm and welcoming people he found there. I am glad to see the results of this election, though the president elect won't have much power, because it reflects the gulf between most of the Iranian people and the extremists who managed to steal the real power. I hope the populace can find a way to get rid of them.
11:33 AM on 06/16/2013
Agreed!
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genericrecall
because the truth hurts
08:58 AM on 06/16/2013
since Iranians don't speak English as their primary language
why has the West translated this guy's position in the political structure as "President"
when he clearly isn't?
09:12 AM on 06/16/2013
Because he IS the president in the Iranian political structure. It's the next-highest state authority defined by Iran's constitution just after the Supreme Leader.
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genericrecall
because the truth hurts
12:24 PM on 06/16/2013
funny, most countries the president is THE highest
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wardropper
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09:19 AM on 06/16/2013
Because we are not educated enough to pronounce the Iranian word properly.
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12:02 AM on 06/17/2013
You sound like an educated person... Teach us country bumpkins how to pronounce it correctly, will ya?
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Matthew J Bailey
08:57 AM on 06/16/2013
Wow. Seriously. Just wow. Congratulations Iran.
08:54 AM on 06/16/2013
So on the scale of crazy extremist leaders, Iran went from an '11' to a '10.5'
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wardropper
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09:15 AM on 06/16/2013
Or not...
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08:52 AM on 06/16/2013
The President of Iran is not the same as the President here. This isn't that big of a deal, on a worldwide level.

Top is the Supreme Leader.
Then the Guardian Council (12 clerics)
THEN the President, who can be overrulled by those above him on anything and everything he does. He's more or less a manager and spokesman for the people above him.

The outgoing President really wasn't all that bad when you take that into account. Go youtube some of his meetings with traditional jews, see what he's like for yourself. Intelligent and reasonable.
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smalljaws
It can't happen here.
08:52 AM on 06/16/2013
We're still dealing with the negative impact of Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA's fiasco of 1953.
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folsomdon
Illegitimi non carborundum
08:43 AM on 06/16/2013
Iran elects moderate.
We will now see how long the Revolutionary Guard tolerates this and what they will do.
(Of course, under the auspices of the Supreme Leader.)
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ThinkTwiceWriteOnce
08:43 AM on 06/16/2013
Always scary when the spokesmen for god get veto power......
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Brain User
08:32 AM on 06/16/2013
We also voted for a moderate in America in 2008 and 2012 but he turned out to be a republican on foreign policy.
08:56 AM on 06/16/2013
... and illegal search and seizure on citizens.
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Brain User
09:01 AM on 06/16/2013
They called it legal because their own judges said so.
09:28 AM on 06/16/2013
Hate to burst your bubble...that started under Bush.
09:19 AM on 06/16/2013
Yes, I'll wait and see if a "moderate" Iranian is like the imaginary "moderate" Republican. Also, who is Israel to complain about nuclear weapons since it has two hundred or so? All it would take to put the radicals back in power is for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, which it is likely to do.
08:30 AM on 06/16/2013
That is nice a new president but the religion leaders run the country.