October 13, 2009

PMTV: Khamenei Said to be in Coma

Of course as with all things Iran, it's not verifiable, but it appears the power behind the throne - Ayatollah Khamenei is in a coma.

Pajama's Media TV has the story: Khamenei Said to be in Coma

Alright, that's a little unexpected (for me at least). The first question that came to my mind was how did he get there? Is it part of a relatively bloodless coup? In light of all that's going on in Iran, with th secret nuclear facilities, the talks with the West, the recent uprising against a corrupt election, the missile tests - it just seems like strange timing.

The PMTV article speculates about the possible fallout from this development, but my question about whether this is the first link in the chain or the second or third, to me, still seems valid.

Is Ahmedinejad behind this? Or perhaps the Revolutionary Guard? Or some of the protesters? Or is it just failing health?

In any case the fallout could be bewildering. Of course it could all take place behind the scenes too. But with talks involving the United States pending, there could be significant international implications. Kahmenei was the real power in Iran, not Ahmedinejad. At least that is until now.

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