Tuesday, November 26, 2002

ASIA TIMES: "Young Iranians envisioned the election of President Mohammad Khatami in 1997 as a sign of hope. They viewed him as an enlightened mullah who would use his elected position to get their country ready to face the awesome and intricate challenges of the 21st century. From the perspective of youth, a good starting point for that great leap was the effectiveness of Khatami in persuading the hardliners to reform the political system.
But that did not happen. Khatami has proven himself to be a reluctant reformer. He does not seem willing to rock the apple cart of the Islamic Republic, and often appears weak in the ongoing tug-and-pull with the conservatives. The youth are clearly frustrated with him and are even calling for his resignation as a voluble symbol of their disappointment."


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