You want to know why Mahmoud Ahmedinejad seems like a crazy man? Maybe its things like this. OR maybe it’s because when he is feeling a little generous, he gets slapped.
January 2010: During protests brought on by the ultra shady landslide victory of Ahmedinejad over opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the Supreme National Security Council called a meeting to discuss.
In the preceding round of demonstrations, several protestors including Ali Moussavi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s nephew, were killed in Tehran.
Ahmedinejad called for a less heavy-handed response to the uprising.
From the cable (appropriately titled “He Who Got Slapped”):
President Ahmedinejad surprised other SNSC members by taking a surprisingly liberal posture…Source said that Ahmedinejad claimed that “people feel suffocated,” and mused that to defuse the situation it may be necessary to allow more personal and social freedoms, including more freedom of the press.
Chief of Staff Mohammed Al-Jafari had heard enough. He walked up and slapped Ahmedinejad in the face blaming him for the civil unrest. You know, for rigging elections and stuff. Slapped him like this (…in mid-sentence too, I bet):
Are you lol-ing yet?
Last month, Ahmedinejad skipped 10-days worth of meetings, something unheard of in Iran according to Al-Jazeera, and has been pretty much acting like a brat. The 10-day tantrum started after he fired his intelligence chief, Heydar Moslehi, only to have Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reinstate him.
“There was a lot of criticism from different camps in this country about his behaviour. He was … accused of allegedly defying the supreme leader, [which is] equivalent to defying God in this country.”
From Mehrdad Khonsari, analyst at the Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies in London:
“This is quite a standoff…Ahmadinejad, I think, at this particular time, has bitten more than he can chew and has been forced to essentially step back, but the fact [remains] that both he and the supreme leader are damaged as a result of this conflict.”
The guy just can’t get a break.