LIGNET: Quibbles Over Messiah's Return Splits Iran's Leaders

Thursday, 17 May 2012 01:58 PM

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves after casting his ballot in Tehran in a parliamentary run-off election, May 4, 2012. (AFP/GettyImages)
David Wurmser, a former senior aide to vice president Dick Cheney, says religious differences between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are coming to a head and may ultimately "rip apart the regime."

The differences between Iran ’s two leaders, he says, boil down to the timing of the return of the 12th imam, the Muslim messiah who went into hiding in 868 AD. While Ahmadinejad and his followers believe the 12th imam will return soon, Khamenei and the mullahs believe it will be a while, and that for the time being, they are his spokesmen.

Wurmser recently sat down with LIGNET Managing Editor Fred Fleitz to talk about Iran’s recent parliamentary elections. Ahmadinejad and his supporters, he noted, took a drubbing from allies of Khamenei, reflecting the deepening religious divide.

Click here to read the full analysis from top intelligence experts at LIGNET.com.





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