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January 23, 2006

'Nuclear Theocrats' - Heading Off The Imam Bomb

Topics: Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht, writing at The Weekly Standard, provides us with our must read of the day:

The new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a godsend. The Americans, the Europeans, and even the Russians are now treating clerical Iran's 20-year quest to develop nuclear weapons more seriously. Ahmadinejad's inflamed rhetoric against America, Israel, and the Jews, which is in keeping with the style and substance of the president's former comrades in the praetorian Revolutionary Guard Corps, combined with the clerical regime's decision to restart uranium enrichment, has returned some sense of urgency to efforts to thwart Tehran.
So it's a good thing Ahmadinejad isn't very good at taqqiyah.

Our "take home message" is, "Either the Bush administration makes a serious attempt at democracy promotion inside Iran--which has the most advanced democratic culture struggling against tyranny anywhere in the Middle East--or it runs the serious risk of having its "transformational diplomacy" agenda, which the upper reaches of the State Department, not to mention the president of the United States, seem to believe in sincerely, implode from an overdose of hypocrisy.

As Gerech points out, Ahmadinejad believes that he is heaven sent, and he may be, but not in the sense that he believes he is.

Posted by Richard at January 23, 2006 9:18 AM



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