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A blogger writes in the Zabane Sabz (Green Language or Green Tongue) blog that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was not born a dictator, but that he gradually became one.

I don’t have access to my library here, and it’s difficult for me to remember where I read this. Perhaps it was in "Keyhan" newspaper or the "Iran Farda" publication. I read that Mehdi Bazargan (Iran’s first prime minister after the 1979 revolution) said during the final days of Pahlavi rule that a group of revolutionaries were trying to put forth a plan for the future government so that if the dictatorial Pahlavi regime fell, they would have something to offer.

Later, when several plans were presented, somehow the plans of Seyed Ali Khamenei were thought to be more acceptable and democratic!

I have retold this history here to remind myself and all the readers in these changing conditions that there are no born dictators.

The death of a dictator may be pleasant but is not news that gives hope. We ought to try and get away from a culture that produces dictators.

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.

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