Rafsanjani - the 'moderate' candidate for president of Iran

Leo Rennert
His full name is Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and he's running to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran in the upcoming elections. By dint of personal charisma, Rafsanjani has ingratiated himself with Western media as a pro-reform, moderate contender.  In touting Rafsanjani, however, many Tehran-based correspondents seem to be going to great lengths to keep readers from knowing his dark side. So here's an integral part of his biography that should not be overlooked. In 1994, when Rafsanjani held the president's post, a bombing attack on the Jewish Community Center in Buenois Aires killed 85 people and injured hundreds of others.  At first, Argentinian authorities bungled their investigations, obscuring rather than revealing the identity of the main culprits.  In fact, they're still up to such tactics today, having recently concluded an agreement with Iran for a joint investigation - a laughable undertaking if the issue weren't so...(Read Full Post)

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