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Another Turn of the Screw

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vise.gifIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejed has ordered the sacking of local officials who are deemed to be “indifferent” to the problems of people… He added that other officials would be rebuked for showing “weakness” in their work.

Many economists in Iran have accused Ahmadinejad of stoking its inflation problems by ploughing windfall revenues from high oil prices into local infrastructure projects. But the government insists that it is merely fulfilling Ahmadinejad’s election promises of making people feel the benefits of oil wealth and has inflation under control.Ahmadinejad was also quoted as saying Tuesday that Iran would move against elements who claimed that people in the Islamic republic were suffering economic problems.

“The United States thinks that it can oblige Iran to yield with various unilateral sanctions and using certain internal elements who affirm that people have economic problems,” the state run agency IRNA quoted him as saying.

Iran needs the income from its petroleum industry to keep its population happy, keep the both the IRGC leadership (and the mullahs) bought-off, and fund its extracurricular activities. Meanwhile it has to avoid damaging its economy and its exports, and keep talk of sanctions from alarming and disillusioning the populace, and scaring off its investors (except for the Chinese and the Russians – but that’s a topic for another time).

Sounds like the horns of a dilemma. And the funny part – nothing’s really happened yet…

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Written by PappyBro

October 30, 2007 at 18:23

Posted in Media, Politix, WoT

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