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Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".

Ayandeh (Iranian news site), Guardian 57 Comments [5/8/2011 4:21:07 AM]
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Thrutch

2 lunatics, both religious - smells like a bloodbath is brewing

5/8/2011 4:47:22 AM

gay deist

burn the witch!

5/8/2011 4:50:03 AM



As horrific as it is to see this level of crazy in a government in this day and age I can't help but wonder how this compares to America's penchant for over-reaction to sex scandals.

The WhistleBlower: "The President misappropriated funds! He's diverted millions of tax dollars to build a private yacht and pay his cabinet's bar tabs. He started a war because a foreign diplomat told him his sideburns were gay."

The public: "What, you'd rather we give the money to people who don't work for a living and let some eurotrash tell us what to do?"

WB: "The President uses black magic! He keeps his mother's head in a cupboard and consults her soul for advice."

Religious Right: "Blasphemy! Only a Christian may run a Christian nation!"

Everybody else: "So? He's a little weird. That's frigging creepy and all but we're free to worship as we please. Also, magic? You're putting us on."

WB "Uh... Several of his prayer rituals involve daily sex with nubile young women who aren't his wife?"

Everyone: "This is the darkest betrayal in the history of the Presidency!"

5/8/2011 5:02:06 AM

jsonitsac

It won't be magicians, djinns, or the worst boogy man the"zionists" who bring you down Iranian regime. It will be your own people who won't tolerate your crap.

5/8/2011 5:34:19 AM

Raised by Horses

And when the time came to ship these two off to the looney bin, their driver took his instructions to do so as flippant, and dropped them off outside parliament instead, where they have been living among good company ever since.

5/8/2011 6:06:23 AM

Horsefeathers

"Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being 'magicians' and invoking djinns (spirits)."


Seriously?

Don't you people have more pressing issues to worry about?

"Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as 'a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds'."

Oh, for fuck's sake. You realize it's the 21st century, don't you?

5/8/2011 6:50:42 AM

emau99

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".

Well, hell. I can do that.

Boogaboogabooga!

5/8/2011 7:08:42 AM

The Jamo

OK, but will you financially supplement the Iranian school science curriculum?

5/8/2011 7:44:58 AM

Creedence Leonore Gielgud

"Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers"

Yea, but only by complete imbeciles. Funny how that works.

5/8/2011 8:00:05 AM

Allegory for Jesus

WARNING: Penn and Teller, stay out of Iran!

5/8/2011 8:27:16 AM



However, his powers were useless, not only to avoid his arrest but also to be in power, in the first place. Illogical as magic is, its justification is even better.

5/8/2011 8:29:13 AM

Doubting Thomas

It's so strange that someone steeped in superstitious nonsense would use claims of evil magic to demonize his political opponents.

charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

As opposed to praying to a god, which is totally not like that at all.

And if someone really had magic powers, would it be a good idea to arrest him?

5/8/2011 8:41:28 AM

Flah

This is not funny. This is sad, anger-inducing, terrifying. But not funny. Centuries ago, Iran was one of the cultural, scientific, and technological hubs of the Old World, while Europe was trying to decide whether people who saw ghosts should be considered prophets or witches. And now they're the ones accusing their opponents of consipring with Satan and all his little wizards, trapped in this strange time capsule while the rest of the world continues to advance.

There are no words to express the disappointment.

5/8/2011 9:06:56 AM

Canadia

He was just LARPing, jesus.

5/8/2011 9:08:17 AM

Jezeus

Woh... Dudes!...Get a grip...!

5/8/2011 9:25:50 AM

Brendan Rizzo

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me. Even for Iran, this is a little crazy. Now, I'm sure we all know that the actual Iranian citizens don't believe one word of this, but still, this is what fundies want to do when they get into positions of political power.

We can NEVER allow this sort of thing to happen in the United States, understand?!

/Preaching to the Choir

In any case, I hope that both Ahmadinejad and Khameini are the first against the wall when the Arab Spring inevitably reaches Iran. Be afraid, theocratic dictators, be very afraid. Your days are numbered!

5/8/2011 9:33:25 AM

Panz

While I'm all for keeping I'm-a-dinner-jacket under control, this is fucking stupid.

Welcome to Iran, circa 1600's

5/8/2011 10:03:01 AM

Anon

Paging Dr. Randi ....

5/8/2011 11:00:34 AM

aaa

I estimate Iran's leaders to be about 25 percent nuttier than Baby Doc Duvalier.

5/8/2011 11:12:56 AM

Shadoboy

Arrested? THIS is what happens when one lets fantasies get on the way of goverment.

5/8/2011 11:36:58 AM

Vince

So if really think someone is a wizard, why they hell would you be stupid enough to try and arrest him?

5/8/2011 12:06:02 PM

TGRwulf

Kids, this is what religion does to your brain.

5/8/2011 12:32:33 PM

ghost

Uh....I...so one batshit crazy religious group is accusing it's own members of more crazy things in order to get them arrested and killed? This may end up in a civil war, although I hope not.

5/8/2011 12:39:28 PM



Iran needs a tonic, not djinn and tonic.

I'll get me coat.

5/8/2011 1:17:12 PM

Old Viking

You mess with wizards, wizards mess with you!

5/8/2011 1:36:02 PM
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