Recall, that first as candidate, then as President, the Democrat offered to meet with the Iranian oligarch without conditions and Ahmadinejad wouldn’t give him the time of day. Now, in the wake of his government’s violent suppression of popular demonstrations against his supposed reelection, it’s clear his regime lacks the legitimacy many assumed it had.
We now know that the Iranian people do not support the regime.
Let us hope that, given that violent suppression, our president knows better than to agree to such a meeting. I doubt the Iranian would have talked about such a meeting if he did not feel threatened by the protests by his people. Perhaps, he seeks the legitimacy from world leaders than he cannot find at home.
UPDATE: Here is another sign why Ahmadinejad might feel less secure than he once did, a leading clerical group is at odds with the oligarch’s religious patron over the election. A split seems to be emerging among the nation’s clerics:
The most important group of religious leaders in Irancalled the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.
A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final.