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November 28, 2005

Iran Leader's Radicalism 'Too Radical' For Allies ?

Topics: Iran

capt.xhs11211261231.iran_us_nuclear_xhs112.jpeg.jpgThat the behavior of Iran's ultra-conservative Ahmadinejad has annoyed many pragmatists in Iran, should come as no surprise - given his penchant for expressing open hostility to everything un-Islamic and most particularly, essentially openly advocating the destruction of Israel and war with the U.S. Apparently, he doesn't like to consult with anybody outside his small circle of old friends or even with knowledgeable people in his own camp, and prefers to surround himself with people that will not or cannot disagree with him.

Now, pragmatists in the ruling hierarchy are growing restless and looking for ways to contain him.

Since he took office in August, Ahmadinejad has thrown out any resemblance of moderation in foreign policy and pursued a purge in the government, replacing pragmatic veterans with former military commanders and inexperienced religious hard-liners. Of course, telling the world in no uncertain terms that Israel should be "wiped off the map," and that the Islamic community was engaged in a "historic war between the oppressor and the world of Islam" (Aljazeera - the term "oppressor" is used by the clerical government to refer to the United States) couldn't have endeared him to whatever pragmatists actually still exist in the Iranian circles of influence on international policy.

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Posted by Richard at November 28, 2005 5:54 AM

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