April 10, 2006
What does Iran Want?Topics: Iran
Amir Taheri answers the question in Arab News:
The Islamic Majlis (Parliament) in Tehran has passed a law making any substantial dialogue with the US illegal. And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Khatami's successor as president, is not interested in making any deals with the US that he regards as a "sunset" power. Ahmadinejad is in inspirational contact with the "Hidden Imam" whose return he believes is drawing nigh.In other words, what Iran wants and what we must understand, is simple ... they want everything.
Ahmadinejad believes that the world is heading for a clash of civilizations in which Islam, led by Iran, will triumph over the "infidel" led by the United States. Ahmadinejad publicly states his policy as "a Jihad to reshape the world and ensure Islam's universal dominance."
The Council on Foreign Relations cannot liberate itself from the typical deal maker's mentality. It cannot conceive of a regime and a movement that put their messianic mission above conjectural maneuvers and compromises. They do not understand movements and regimes that, given something, would demand more because they believe that they should have it all.
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Posted by Richard at April 10, 2006 10:03 PM
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