Ahmadinejad’s ‘Messianic Nationalism’ At Odds With Iranian Regime

In an article today on the “growing confrontation between Iran’s clerical rulers and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” the Washington Post reports that Ahmadinejad’s “unusual interpretation of Shiite Islam,” which “does not rely on clerics as intermediates between people and God,” has contributed to the chasm. CAP’s Matt Duss over at Middle East Progress notes that “a number of American self-styled Iran experts have spent a lot of time warning that Ahmadinejad’s messianic nationalism was representative of the Iranian regime as a whole. More knowledgeable analysts, meanwhile, have consistently and correctly noted how out of step Ahmadinejad’s beliefs are with those of the ruling establishment.”