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Obama knew.

It has been interesting the past year, trying to figure out what the heck is going on in Iran vis-a-vis Osama bin Laden and al Quaeda. The Iran election crisis a year ago brought the attention of many eyes to Iran in a new way, so it might be that the walk to freedom in Iran will also work out eventually to the capture of a major criminal terrorist.

Read more: Obama’s Known of Al-Qaeda Ties with Iran for a Year, but Still No Action

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Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani and the Death Spiral of the Islamic Republic

Michael Ledeen links to a YouTube of Iran government coverup of freedom activists death, and he reports two valuable pieces of information on freedom in Iran, viz.

The Death Spiral of the Islamic Republic II

Supreme Leader Khamenei has received secret messages from Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, criticizing the bloodthirsty behavior of Khamenei’s people…

"Mistakes have been made, laws have been violated and crimes have been committed. The perpetrators have to be treated with a hard fist…"

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Both of these items seem important for freedom in Iran.

  1. Khameini makes public admission of mistakes.
  2. Ali al-Sistani communicates to Khameini secretly, as reported by an Iranian in the West;
      Cf., earlier blurbs on al Sistani

    1. June 17, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says… what?
    2. June 23, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on the move?

But we still have not completely identified the leadership of the freedom movement, other than maybe Mousavi. Ledeen has his eye on this last question. Good.

Haniff Mazroee of Norooz website:

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on the move?

Michael Ledeen evaluates some interesting observations, following Steve Schippert’s analysis of Al Arabiya’s report on regime "alternative" — about X Factor Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

…senior ayatollahs have been meeting secretly in Qom to discuss significant changes in the structure of the Iranian state. In addition to the Iranian clerics, there was a foreigner: Jawad al-Shahristani, the supreme representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the foremost Shiite leader in Iraq.

…it means that senior religious leaders in Iran are talking to the representative of an Iraqi Imam who believes, as most Shi’ites did before Khomeini’s heresy, that the proper role of religious leaders is to guide their people from the mosque, not from the political capital.

  1. Michael Ledeen’s evaluation
  2. Steve Schippert’s analysis
  3. Al Arabiya’s regime "alternative" report

I asked a question about this last Wednesday: In the movement for Iran freedom, what will be the input from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani?.

I am glad Al Arabiya reads my blog. They went out and got an answer for me!