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Ahmadinejad Missing, Anonymous Circling

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran

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Gone fishing? Ahmadinejad MIA

Iran's President Ahmadinejad has gone missing.  Says the BBC:

"The president has not been seen at his office for days, missing two cabinet meetings and cancelling a visit to the holy city of Qom."

Apparently this is part of a power struggle between the often-incendiary head of state and Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khameini. In light of the revolutions witnessed recently across the Mideast, this kind of power-wrangling would seem to leave Iran vulnerable to a revolution of its own.  One Iranian MP who wished to remain anonymous said:

"I hope one side yields at the end - otherwise it will move the country toward unprecedented instability that will certainly suck the current Arab uprisings into the country."

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Seeking to capitalize on that instability is the hacker group Anonymous, the same group that did or did not (depending on who you talk to) threaten to hack the Westboro Baptist Church in retaliation for their hate-filled speech. Anonymous announced that they plan to attack Iran on Sunday, although it's unclear exactly what that attack would entail.  CNN explains:

"The group wants to use International Workers' Day, which commemorates the first national general strike in the United States, as an opportunity to reignite last year's protests in Iran."

Assuming this is a real communique from Anonymous and not another hoax, what's your take?  Are they over-stepping their bounds, being a bit reckless with international politics and risking massive fallout and human casualities?  Or is this a new paradigm of citizen activism that we need to accept?  Are they doing what no one else has the guts to?

Post a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

gmoney's picture

Amadinajed is next, now that

Amadinajed is next, now that we got Osama. Mark my words, he's next

Anonymous's picture

Long live Ahmadinejad!

Long live Ahmadinejad!