Iran Adviser Goes to Prison
By Micah Halpern
Monday January 16, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
A senior adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday.
A reliable Iranian news website called Mashregh News reported that Ali Akbar Javanfekr, press adviser to the president, was sentenced to prison for insulting the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei .
Javanfekr will be imprisoned for one year and may not engage in any media activity for 5 years after his release.
This case is very illustrative of the nature and politics of Iran.
There should be no doubt that the Ayatollah is the Supreme Leader and everyone - even the president, must always remember that fact. Supreme Leader is one of the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei's official titles.
Iranian politics requires a sense of humility and no one, no one at all, is free to criticize anything or say whatever one desires.
Most importantly, this case clearly reiterates the rule of the land -whoever serves, does so by the grace of and with the blessings of the Supreme Leader. There is no other way.
He who forgets any of those truths will land in prison - or worse.
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