Sunday, September 25, 2005

Iran delusions

This article by Amir Taheri on the indispensable Regime Change Iran, highlights the problems encountered by Teheran’s new administration because of Ahmadinejad inexperience and arrogance.


A nation’s foreign policy is a continuation of its domestic politics; and the Islamic Republic is no exception. While the Islamic Republic’s foreign enemies wish to force it into isolation, Ahmadinejad’s domestic foes are cheering him on his way into a diplomatic trap. Ahmadinejad seems to believe that he can take on the Western powers, led by the United States, in a limited conflict, and defeat them thus becoming a national hero and a pan-Islamic knight riding the steed of history in triumph. That is a juvenile illusion that could wreck Ahmadinejad’s presidency before it finds its cruising speed.

Excellent stuff. Read it all.

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