Now letters from High Pandjandrum Khomeini don’t just “come to light” in Tehran. This is like an email from Allah. They only leak a missive from Khomeini if they have a very specific purpose. And this one isn’t hard to guess.
Rafsanjani is telling the world that madcap President Ahmadinejad believes he has Khomeini’s green light for making and probably using nukes. Why did Rafsanjani leak the letter now? Because he is in a life-and-death struggle with Ahmadinejad and his personal guru Yazdi, who is completely around the bend. If Ahmadinejad and Yazdi win a majority in the December elections for the “Assembly of Experts,” they will have total control over the regime. If they are as dangerous as they seem, that means trouble.
Rafsanjani seems less of a risk-taker than the Ahmadinejad faction, at least marginally. But margins are important in nuclear gamesmanship. It is likely that Rafsanjani has communication channels to the US, Israel and Europe to explain his message. It might be: Don’t attack us before December. It might be: Here is how to weaken Ahmadinejad. It might be disinformation, because that’s a specialty of the Mullahs, one and all. Or it might be real enough.
As Bob Dylan one famously wrote, you don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows. Ahmadinejad is obviously sure he has divine guidance. That isn't a good sign when the man has stated a desire to wipe Israel off the map.