Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - President, Hostage Taker
It seems that Iran may have elected one of the hostage takers who held 52 Americans in Iran after they stormed and took the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 during the Khomeini Islamic Revolution.
This article notes that several of the former hostages point their fingers at Ahmadinejad as one of the more brutal of their captors.
This really should surprise nobody. As long as Iran remains an Islamist state rulled by the Mullahs, pro-Islamist hard-liners like Ahmadinejad are always going to be favored. And given that the "students" (as young terrorists often like to be called) of that era are coming into their productive middle age years, it stands to reason that the same politically ambitious youths of those days are the same politically ambitious people today, albiet with a little more age on them.
And this should signal the fact that we can expect to be dealing with yet another hard line government out of Iran...not that the people pulling the strings are any different.