Of Masters and Their Slaves

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." ―Ayn Rand

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Is Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Really a Moderate?

Iran Expert Sohrab Ahmari Revisits the History of Sheikh Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Sohrab Ahmari is an assistant books editor with the Wall Street Journal. During an interview with Ayesha Tanzeem on the Voice of America's On the Line, Ahmari shared some insights about the nuclear intents of the Iranian regime and the history of Iranian President Rouhani:

Sohrab Ahmari: "I think the [Iranian] ruling establishment on the whole realizes that the nuclear program, and the closer they get to the bomb, is the way to insure their survival in a society that otherwise they'll have a lot of trouble controlling."

Ahmari continued: "So and you can look at Rouhani's history―I heard the word "moderate" thrown around―and I think it's really, really bad term and it's really not giving the Iranian people a lot of credit if you say that this guy is a 'moderate' when―and I'm gonna just go to the domestic front for two seconds―this is a guy who, when the 1999 student uprising happened, he said, 'We need to crush the students,' I quote, 'mercilessly and monumentally,' and in fact they did. And I had a piece in the Wall Street Journal on Monday describing what happened in the aftermath of Mr. Rouhani's speech. So I don't think people change. I don't think politicians fundamentally―in their world view―change."

On the Line: Iran's President and the World

The YouTube video was published on June 28, 2013. The guests also included Iran experts Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) and Setareh Derakhshesh, Deputy Director, Persian News Network, Voice of America.

Find Sohrab Ahmari on Twitter at @SohrabAhmari.
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