The more one looks at the current political and cultural developments in Iran, the more weight is added to this idea: Ahmadinejad and his kind did not, in fact, survive the Twitter Revolution of 2009. The millions of protesters who challenged the results of the 2009 presidential election (Ahmadinejad claimed he won 60 percent of the vote, which was very unlikely) and demanded a new direction in Iranian internal politics and international relations, dealt a fatal blow to the conservatives. But that death did not occur until the presidential election on August 13, 2013—the day Ahmadinejad's program was voted out and replaced by a leader, Hassan Rohan, whose political and cultural program appears to be closer and closer to those expressed during the Twitter Revolution. Haaretz puts it nicely:
Call it a charm offensive, seduction sortie, bewitchment blitz or wooing war, one thing is certain: Iranian President Hassan Rohani is waging an all-out public relations onslaught on American hearts and minds that poses unprecedented new challenges for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli policymakers.
Following initial skirmishes and reconnaissance patrols over the past few weeks on Twitter and Facebook, Rohani has now unleashed a preparatory salvo of moderate-sounding, peace-hugging statements on NBC and in the Washington Post. The main thrust of his campaign will be rolled out next week in New York, where Rohani will use his status as the star sensation of this year’s United Nations General Assembly to launch a barrage of interviews, speeches and public appearances, all aimed at convincing America of Iran’s benevolent policies and benign nuclear plans.
The attention, some of it fawning, that is already being bestowed on the so-called “moderate” Iranian president has confirmed the widespread assumption of most analysts following Rohani’s election in August as Iran’s 7th president: that it wouldn’t take long for Israel and other critics of Iran to sorely miss his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.