Iran's Yeltsin?

Sully keeps making the comparison between what is happening in Iran with what happened in the Soviet Union under Gorbachev, where moderate reforms within the system exposed the flaws of that system rather than working to save it. He also wonders, if Mousavi is a potential Gorbachev, then who is a potential Yeltsin?

Why not look at the obvious candidate?

Qalibaf, the current and very popular mayor of Tehran, was a hero of the Iran-Iraq war; reformed the police following the student protests in 1999 (successfully, it would seem, given that the 2003 protests resulted in a fairly surprising lack of violence, not to mention what's been happening in the last week); and he's spoken publicly and approvingly about the idea of real dialogue with the US.

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