Monday, July 04, 2005

Iran's new leader: A familiar face?

As soon as I saw a picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's new president, I knew there was something faintly familiar about him.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the first non-cleric to become president

And it was not because he was mayor of Tehran, because, like many other Western journalists, I have been barred from visiting Iran in recent years.

But in the years soon after Iran's Islamic Revolution, I met him and interviewed him.

He was the kind of person you don't forget - intense, articulate, and very fierce in his opinions.

Looking back 20 years, it seemed to me I must have met him at the former US embassy, which had been taken over by revolutionary students some years earlier; but after two decades precise memories fade, and I can't be absolutely certain.

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