Mullah knife fight in progress?

The mullahs of Tehran are in midst of the most dangerous power struggle since Jimmy Carter handed Iran to Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.  Think of it as a knife fight for keeps, with nuclear weapons and control of Middle East oil at stake. Michael Ledeen's sources report that Supreme Guide Khamenei is dead, but Iranian media are not confirming that point. This doesn't mean anything until a replacement is announced. Nobody announced Stalin's death or Mao's death until the power struggle was over.   El Supremo Khamenei has been reported as suffering from cancer now for many months, and a fierce struggle is bound to be going on whether he is actually dead or merely moribund. We do know that Ahmadinejad is trying to get his favorite apocalyptic guru, Ayatollah Yazdi, to become Supreme Guide. The more pragmatic (and corrupt) faction may be trying to get Ayatollah Rafsanjani elected instead. All mullah factions are bad news, but some are worse than others. The surrounding...(Read Full Post)