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Among Iran's hard-liners, little respect for reform-minded

In the black-and-white world of Iran’s hard-liners, the word “compromise” is not part of the lexicon. The term “enemy” dominates instead, and applies as often to profligate fellow Iranians as to purported American spies. Mohamad Hussein Azemi, a diehard revolutionary and a city clerk from western Iran, knows how to deal with enemies. “I want to put a strong fist in the mouths of those who talk rubbish,” Mr. Azemi declares. “They are not our brothers. Those who drink alcohol and use drugs – do you think they are human beings? “I hope they recognize their sins and recommit to the revolution,” Azemi says, scoffing at the privileged, often secular lives of Iranians who inhabit a different world and despise clerical rule. “They have the power to choose the right path.” Full Story

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