Iranian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has declared that he is prepared for martyrdom in his quest to reform the Iranian political system. Essentially, he has invited the government to slay him, knowing that this will only bolster his cause among the disenchanted people of his country.
And yet, on the same day, another former presidential candidate, Mohsen Rezai, has delivered a letter to the Iranian government stating that Mr. Mousavi has changed his position and is now willing to work with the present government to effect change and that he no longer disputes the legitimacy of last year’s presidential elections. The letter welcomes Mousavi back to the fold and provides a veneer of plausible deniability for the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the event of Mousavi’s demise.
A major crackdown on dissent may be imminent.