Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President-Elect of
As a student, Ahmadinejad joined an ultra-conservative radical student group spawned by the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and staged (i.e. planned and participated in) the capture of the US Embassy. He was later a revolutionary guard. When he became mayor of
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, President of
Here is a partial list of crimes committed by the state of
- massacre of
- bombing of a Jewish community centre in
- bombing of the
Rafsanjani was billed as the “moderate” in last month’s presidential election. He supported the Ayatollah Khomeini in prolonging the war with
“He’s what our lazy press means when it describes some opportunist torturer and murderer as a 'moderate' or a 'survivor'” – Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair.
Hossein Khomeini, grandson of the Ayatollah Khomeini
Khomeini is a “strong supporter” of
Hitchens in July’s Vanity Fair: “In terms that would make the heart of a neocon soar like a hawk, [Khomeini] goes on to praise President Bush’s State of the Union speech, to warn that the mullahs cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons, and to use the term ‘Free World’ without irony: ‘Only the Free World, led by America, can bring democracy to Iran.’”
Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC News, GlobalSecurity.org, Vanity Fair, Wikipedia.