This could be another missed opportunity for America to effect regime change in Iran. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri was quite an outspoken critic against the Iranian government and even backed opposition’s claims that the 2009 elections were rigged. His death could easily provide another opportunity for the Iranian people to rise up against their government. Unfortunately, the Obama administration seems pretty allergic to freedom and will no doubt continue trying to “dialogue” with Ahmadinejad and his nutty crew rather than work with any dissidents.
From the BBC:
One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87.
Hoseyn Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader.
One of Shia Islam's most respected figures, he was also a leading critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The BBC's Jon Leyne says the death comes at a crucial time in a standoff between the government and opposition.
Iran's rulers will now fear the opposition may attempt a big turnout for his funeral and other ceremonies marking his death, especially in the run-up to the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura on 27 December, our correspondent says.
It is reported that Grand Ayatollah Montazeri died of natural causes.
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