Iranian Voices: Mottaki's Unceremonious Dismissal
25 Dec 2010 02:51
Photo: Writing on door says, "Push," "Exit."
Manouchehr Mottaki, recently removed from his position as Iran's foreign minister, responded to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks about his dismissal in Istanbul, calling it "immoral behavior." He also issued a press release in which he discredited the accounts of the incident offered by the president, his cabinet, and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
"Someone should tell him [Mottaki] you are well acquainted with the president's diplomatic etiquette and his refined manner. How is it that you still haven't realized he [Ahmadinejad] has no regard for any diplomatic conduct? How is it that you hadn't realized until now that lying and cheating come naturally to him? How is it that you did not know until now who you were working for? You can't befriend the caravan and be partners with the highwaymen. "
* Mottaki began his press release: "Following the un-Islamic, insulting and in-violation-of-political-and-diplomatic-etiquette manner of dismissing the foreign minister..."
You [Mottaki] traitor and agent of the global arrogance, who the intelligence ministry has a thick file on you, that shows you are a spy. Mahmoud said in Istanbul that these things are common in Iran, didn't he?
--Comment on Persian language website
* Individuals prosecuted by IRI officials are almost always branded as "spies," "Enemy agents," and/ or "MKO members."
The day when this Manouchehr [Mottaki] came to the [Foreign] Ministry to create a job for his wife, he established the directorate for women at the Foreign Ministry and appointed his wife, who has a B.A. in obstetrics as the head of this organ.... From now on this directorate will be interesting [to watch]...because it's the [former] minister's wife's [department].
--Comment on Persian language website
"What I think about most these days are the things Mottaki said during Ahmadinejad's election campaign, when he called Ahmadinejad a divine blessing for Iranians and the Muslim world. People are interesting. Now that they have taken him by the tail and thrown him out he is singing a different tune."
--Political activist, 26
"'God's servant -- Manouchehr Mottaki.' You really are only one of God's creatures now, Mr. Former Minister and current creature of God."
* Mottaki signed his press release, "God's servant -- Manouchehr Mottaki." The expression "bande khoda," which translates as "God's servant" or "God's creature," is also used to express pity for someone.
"When even a minster does not have job security in the country, what can you say about the rest of us? You call this a country?"
--Courtesy of "You Call This a Country" blog
"Imagine being picked up from the airport in a limo and having to go back in a cab."
--Politics major, 25, Tehran
* Reference to the fact that Mottaki was officially received at the airport in Senegal, but that after his dismissal there was no need for the Senegalese to officially send him off.
"This idiot of a president that we have has caused us to lose face even in Africa. Like a stubborn child, he had to take his domestic dispute abroad. Everyone knows this was part of their mafia wars."
--Cab driver, 60, Tehran
* Reference to the long-standing dispute between Ahmadinejad and Mottaki.
"I heard from a credible source that the Senegalese were in a meeting with Mottaki when they received a cable telling them that he had been fired and they were the ones who told him he was fired. Apparently the Senegalese told him that the meeting was no longer a diplomatic one but they could still be friends!"
* Motakki confirmed in his press release that he was informed of his dismissal by the Senegalese.
"Idiots ask why Mottaki was not present at his farewell ceremony. The answer is: IQ! When they didn't inform him he was fired, how can you expect them to tell him about the farewell ceremony?"
--Anonymous comment on Persian-language website
* Many have been speculating as to why Mottaki was not present at his own farewell ceremony and the inauguration of his replacement, Ali Akbar Salehi. Mottaki confirmed in his press release that no one had informed him about his dismissal, his farewell ceremony, or that Salehi would be replacing him. Iranians use IQ in disparagement to convey that the person referred to is unintelligent.
"I love how they coordinate things. Why doesn't someone tell them to coordinate things so that Mottaki doesn't come and spoil everything for them. When you know there is someone who knows what you did last Muharram, don't provoke him to spill the beans."
--Architect, 32, Tehran
* Reference to the movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Mottaki was fired in the Islamic month of Muharram. Mashaei, Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, claimed Mottaki had been informed of his dismissal before going to Senegal and as everyone thought he would be back on Monday they informed the press about his removal. In his press release, Mottaki rejected both claims.
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