Saturday, June 18, 2005

Title: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Presidential Biography

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Presidential Candidate
Date: June 18, 2005
By Barry O'Connell
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the surprise upset candidate in the Iranian Presidential race. A small man with big ideas and a flair for the dramatic Mayor Ahmadinejad of Tehran is disregarded by everyone except for the voters of Iran. In Iranian politics Ahmadinejad is among the hyper devout. On one hand he tends to define everything in politics as directly relating to Islam. If you were to ask Ahmadinejad would agree that the first step in good government is Islam (submission to God). This does not resonate with the worldly and the left leaning reformist intellectuals who make much of the political noise in Iran politics. However submission to God as a first step to good government connects with the people of the villages and smaller towns in Iran. This is not to say that Ahmadinejad does not sometimes exhibit a flair for the dramatic that borders on pandering. When a plaque to commemorate the death of four Kurdish revolutionaries allegedly at the order of the Islamic Republic was erected in Germany Ahmadinejad erected two plaques in Tehran commemorating the Iranian victims of Iraqi chemical attacks citing Germany's role in supplying the chemical weapons. To people in the west this might seem small or pretty but it was immensely popular in Iran. With hundreds of thousands of severely wounded and scared Iraqi war veterans in Iran the questions about Germany's role in supplying the WMDs has not been properly answered

Mayor Ahmadinejad is more than just theatrics. He is widely regarded as a great mayor and was a finalist in the World Mayor 2005. Leading by example Ahmadinejad has been known to don a street sweepers uniform and take a broom to the streets. Ahmadinejad is an Engineer by training having gotten his degree from Iran University of Science & Technology) where he was a "Famous Faculty" member. He was widely respected by students and faculty alike.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be counted as one of the most anti-American leaders in Iranian politics. An Ahmadinejad win would if anything accellerate the Iranian Nuclear program. Additionally increased support for Hezbollah in Palestine and funding of Shia interests in Iraq would be probable. Economically Ahmadinejad can be anticipated to halt the Government trend towards privatization. Sadly there is a potential that while on one hand weakening Iran domestically he might also escalate tensions that could lead to hostilities.

Keywords: Iran , President, Runoff, Election , Ahmadinejad, Tehran
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