Add one more name to the list of dead revolutionary despots.
And add that same name to the list of reprehensible human beings who elicit praise and command mandatory mourning at the time of their deaths.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the leaders of Iran’s “Islamic Revolution” has been whisked away to the afterlife.
Rafsanjani was considered a “moderate” and a “reformer,” so perhaps the way his death is being covered could be a preview of the kind of press King Raul will get when his day comes.
Like many postcolonial despots — including the Castro brothers — Rafsanjani was filthy rich: His net worth was estimated to be around one billion US dollars.
Tributes from his associates are surfacing….
No word yet from Justin Trudeau, Papa Che, François Hollande, or Lame Duck Obama….
Let’s see which of his many key “achievements” are highlighted as the tributes pour in.
From the masters of understatement at the BBC:
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has led tributes to former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has died at the age of 82.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed a “companion of struggle” … saying this was a “difficult” loss.
President Hassan Rouhani praised Mr Rafsanjani as a great man of the Islamic revolution.
The government has announced three days of mourning, making Tuesday a public holiday for his funeral in Tehran.
Mr Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was pivotal in the 1979 revolution.
Mr Rafsanjani died on Sunday in a hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack.
His body was taken to Jamaran prayer hall, the residence of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeini, where relatives, politicians and religious figures gathered to pay their last respects.
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