Many experts are trying to label Hashemi Rafsanjani with certain factional affiliations or political leanings. Superfluous and heated debates are ongoing regarding Hashemi’s exact believes and moral compass. It is almost impossible to box him in because Rafsanjani was as dynamic and polylithic as the Islamic Republic. He was the Islamic Republic. Just like the system he lived to protect, he evolved, shed many skins (not all good), and adapted to numerous internal and external challenges. He set trends and acted as a dominant powerbroker for almost four decades. His fingerprints can be analyzed on every important dot on the Islamic Republic’s tumultuous timeline. Why attempt to fit an ocean in a cup? Rafsanjani was Rafsanjani. He was a phenomena in his own right and deserves comprehensive analyses for years to come.