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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

4/10/2004

Iran off the Fence

If ever there was a regime in need of change it is Iran's. there was some hope that Iran would change, as the Buddhists say, would come from within. Which would be grand. But here is the basis for a more direct approach.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's influential former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on Friday hailed the Shi'ite Muslim militia of firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as "heroic" for rising up against the U.S. occupation in Iraq .

Rafsanjani told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran that a distinction should be drawn between Shi'ite fighters, who have battled U.S.-led troops across southern Iraq this week, and insurrectionist supporters of Saddam Hussein 's Ba'ath party he described as "terrorists."

"Contrary to these terrorist groups in Iraq, there are powerful bodies which contribute to the security of that nation...among them is the Mehdi Army, made up of enthusiastic, heroic young people," he told the crowd.
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