Thursday, May 19, 2005

Dar Al Hayat: "no one in Iran is capable of meeting the current challenges on the Iranian scene such as Rafsanjani"

Dar Al Hayat: "Rafsanjani : a necessary candidate put to the test
Mohammad Sadiq Al Husseini Al-Hayat 2005/05/19

When a figure such as Hashemi Rafsanjani, the one who once defined his country as "the crossroad of historical events intersection", finds himself compelled to go through the bitter experience of re-engaging intensely in the "arena" - with the implied possibility of failing to get the majority vote in the elections- then there must be something dangerous, yet of great importance, looming in this "crossroad", ongoing or bound to happen and he is here to prevent it or control its repercussions.

About eight years ago, Rafsanjani refused the constitutional amendment that would allow him a third chance to run for presidency, because he believed that a new blood should stream in the decision-making stratum. This would be an indication of the system's success.

Internally, a danger threatens the "track of moderation and development". According to Rafsanjani "all must participate" in this process. This would be the sole alternative to put an end to the proliferation of conflicts, tensions and hatred that would eventually worn Iran.

Externally, the enemies are surrounding Iran from all sides; their objective is to isolate Iran from the circle of international influence, especially its regional influence. According to Rafsanjani, peace, stability and security in the Middle East region was impossible without an independent, powerful, free and developed Iran to assume the role of a link between East and West, South and North, consolidating its excellent standing in the international equation. In addition, Iran is "a gateway to peace and stability in the Middle East" since it "streamlines the decision-making stratum and activate national unity and nationalist consensus". Rafsanjani would be the answer consider since he is the "unifier" and "defender", as described by scholars.

Rafsanjani addressed his electoral speech to all "patient brothers and sisters whose eyes are headed towards the future, as well as all young men and women who will carve the future". This means that he is determined to revamp his speech, admitting the gap that should be bridged between the old and the new Revolutionary Guard. More importantly, Rafsanjani is willing to listen to the "criticism of the past since it is an inevitable alternative". This implicitly means that Rafsanjani is willing to inaugurate a new hazardous and adventurous stage. However, some basic alternatives remain clear and constant: no future is possible without deeply examining the past, and no political, social, or cultural democracy is viable without an economic democracy and industrial development. In his electoral speech Rafsanjani said "Islam and the Islamic system is predisposed to adapt to all stages." Therefore Rafsanjani proposed himself as "a man for all seasons" and proposed himself as the most difficult player in the "game of king-making". It should be mentioned that Rafsanjani is a very cold and pragmatic mind when it comes to negotiations and tactics regarding methodology and performance, as he is the most firm and decisive character when it comes to the constancies of the religion, the revolution and the Iranian system.

Therefore, Rafsanjani is feared by both right-wing and left-wing radicals. Both hawks of from the Conservatives and Reformers do not welcome his return to the "forefront", while well-aware that he only left for a "necessity", just as his return is solely for a "necessity".

Those familiar with Iran affairs know that Iran is full of competent figures capable of undertaking difficult tasks and facing the many sizeable challenges. Still, those who are well-aware of the underlying difficulties agree that no one in Iran is capable of meeting the current challenges on the Iranian scene such as Rafsanjani."