Radical then, radical now

Ahmadinejad isn't the only Iranian president to delineate nuclear aspirations. It's time the world sat up and noticed.

August 30, 2012 13:07
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer)


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Rafsanjani is a name that has a familiar ring to it, but one that is difficult to pinpoint for most people. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is a predecessor of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who served from 1989 to 2007.

Rafsanjani enjoyed a rather colorful career. He was elected chairman of the Iranian parliament around the time that the Iran-Iraq war broke out in 1980, and he served in that office until its cessation in 1988. Throughout that time he was also the de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military. A year later, he became president of Iran.


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