By Kasra Naji
As Iran's nuclear application hurries up, all eyes are at the blacksmith's son who can have his finger at the set off. who's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if someone, does he resolution? the world over acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's buddies, family members, and associates to inform for the 1st time the genuine tale of ways he got here to strength. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means sooner than released colour images, is an image of a guy who's even more of a strength to be reckoned with than the caricatures provided up to this point recommend. whereas Naji files Ahmadinejad's frequently unusual habit, he additionally exhibits him to be choked with complicated contradictions: a guy gripped by means of apocalyptic ideals, but in a position to switching non secular allegiance within the quest for energy. a guy difficult sufficient to struggle highway battles within the identify of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude adequate to ask the German chancellor to hitch him in an anti-Jewish alliance, but subtle sufficient to win the aid of the omnipotent innovative defend. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and indicates us the plots, passions, and personalities that might impact Ahmadinejad's subsequent stream, whereas the area waits with bated breath.
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Kevin Hermening of Mosinee, Wisconsin, a financial planner, who was a 20-year-old Marine guard when the embassy was seized, said that Ahmadinejad was one of his interrogators the day of the takeover, and a ‘higher-rank security official’. David Roeder, 66, the former deputy Air Force attaché at the embassy, said he remembered Ahmadinejad working in a supervisory role in one-third or more of the 44 interrogations he underwent. ‘The interrogator and the interpreter always deferred to him, so he was clearly in charge,’ he said.
It was replaced with a government of hardline Islamists. Many Iranians rallied behind the students’ action and in support of Ayatollah Khomeini, strengthening 20 AHMADINEJAD his grip on power almost immediately. The resignation of Bazargan signalled the elimination of moderate, Western-oriented, or at least Western-acquiescent, figures from Iran’s turbulent revolutionary politics. Outside the country, Iran took on the reputation of a pariah state, with the US and other Western countries taking hostile positions.
Nearly ten weeks later when he attended the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, Ahmadinejad gave an interview to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in which he again denied his 24 AHMADINEJAD involvement in the hostage taking. Ahmadinejad: You see, I heard the same news after I was elected and, you know, frankly, I laughed at it. Either the memory had been erased and replaced anew. I don’t know how they had reached such a conclusion. Back then I didn’t have the beard I do now. Amanpour: So you were not involved?