Reza Aslan on Rafsanjani

Reza Aslan has a great new piece over at the Daily Beast, writing about Ayatollah Rafsanjani's attempt to create a coalition of clerics to unseat Ayatollah Khamenei.  Apparently, he is succeeding in his efforts:

Reliable sources in Iran are suggesting that a possible compromise to put an end to the violent uprising that has rocked Iran for the past two weeks may be in the works. I have previously reported that the second most powerful man in Iran, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the Assembly of Experts (the body with the power to choose and dismiss the Supreme Leader) is in the city of Qom—the country’s religious center—trying to rally enough votes from his fellow Assembly members to remove the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei from power. News out of Iran suggests that he may be succeeding. At the very least, it seems he may have gained enough support from the clerical establishment to force a compromise from Khamenei, one that would entail a run-off election between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main reformist rival Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Here's an interview Aslan did with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show yesterday.  He makes many of the same points I made in my post "Iran Endgames," a few days ago:

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