This one, published last wednesday, represents Hodjatol’Eslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani wondering about what he should say in his speech. The act of using a « Tasbih » for divination is called « Estekhare » in persian (it’s an Arab word). One usually starts from a random position, and counts the pieces until the end, changin one’s decision at each one. The last decision is the one to take. The text reads:
« … I should tell everyone to go f*** themselves.
… I should not tell everyone to go f*** themselves.
This one, published right after the speech is quite self-explanatory. The text reads : « Congratulations ».
While not directly opposing Khamenei, Hashemi has affirmed his positions obviously enough for the protesters to be quite satisfied, and conservatives very angry. But Hashemi’s influence makes him a not so easy target. He traveled to Mashad on saturday evening, officialy to pray and talk with « Marjaes », who are high shia dignitaries. The game is far from over.