As campaign slogans go it needs work, but the notion that a vote for Hashemi Rafsanjani is a vote for a nuclear Iran is unmistakable in the advice offered by one imam.
Hojatolislam Gholam Reza Hasani is quoted in one dispatch as telling Iranian voters: "You need to vote for Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. This way we will finally be able to have for ourselves the atomic bomb to fairly stand up to Israeli weapons."
"Freedom, democracy and stupidities of this type cannot be carried over to any part, and these concepts are out of sync with the principles of Islam," said Hasani, the imam who led Friday prayers in the main city of western Iranian Azerbaijian.
"Islam always spoke with the sword in the hand and I don't see why now we have changed attitudes and talk with the other civilizations."
Ah, yes the soft on other civilizations card. A sleeper issue.