This is comforting. If you’re a religious psychopath.

Yesterday, Western governments were flatfooted by the sudden, surprise resignation of Ali Larijani, Iran’s senior negotiator (read: official charged with playing the West for suckers) for nuclear issues. Pajama Media’s Meir Javendafar described it as a case of one extremist getting fed-up with guys who were even more extreme:

Ahmadinejad does not believe in compromises when it comes to the nuclear program. To him, the reformists who have agreed to suspend Iran’s nuclear program, are as traitorous as the corrupt Iranian leaders who surrendered Iranian territory to the Russians in the Golestan and Turkemanchai agreements in the early 1800s.

To him, as he once put it, Iran’s nuclear program is like “a train with no brakes”. In other words, Iran does not need to make compromises for anyone. It is the West, especially the United Sates who has nuclear weapons and has used them, who must compromise, and not Iran.

Larijani on the other hand, urged caution. Now, he did not do this because he is pro-West. In fact, once he openly threatened that if the US attacks his country, Iran would “put Israel in a wheelchair”. He has also repeatedly attacked the presence of US troops in Iraq, and the policies of President Bush in the region. Larijani’s calls for caution stemmed from the fact that he was far more experienced than Ahmadinejad, both in terms of holding senior government positions and dealing with Westerners.

Today we learned that Mr. Larijani has been replaced by another of the millenarian, messianic end-timers that President Gilligan Ahmadinejad like to hang around with. Saeed Jalili is a close ally of Mojtaba Hashemi Samare, who during his career at the Foreign Ministry, was known for torturing diplomats thought to have become too “Western.” In turn, Hashemi Samare is a disciple of the Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, who is adored as a mentor and religious leader by … President Ahmadinejad. To give you an idea of where this crowd sits on the radical scale, Ayatollah Khomeini himself shut down Mesbah Yazdi’s organization for being too extreme.

That’s like Hitler putting down Ernst Röhm.

Now, however, bit by bit, the most extreme of the clerical fascists running Iran are gaining control over the country’s nuclear program, which, as we all know, is for peaceful purposes. (Oh, stop laughing.)

The West didn’t stop the Nazis in the 1930s, and over 50,000,000 people died for it. Let’s not make a similar catastrophic mistake this time.

(Note: Edited 5/31/2011 to fix a broken link.)

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