Sunday, November 06, 2005

Iran: The week in review

Here are the major articles on Iran published throughout the week:

Dr Abbas Milani-Regime Change

The time for a new grand bargain with Iran's people has arrived. Instead of saber-rattling, the U.S. must encourage the unfolding discussions in Iran. It must reassure the Iranian people that it respects their right to develop a nuclear program that conforms with international law, and that the problem is not with the people but with those who have coercively monopolized the right to speak for them

Kenneth Timmerman-No leeway due Iran

Allowing Iran to buy more time will only guarantee its additional progress toward nuclear weapons capabilities. The U.S. cannot risk allowing the world's most flagrant international terror sponsor to become a nuclear weapons-capable state.

Weekly Standard-Bush's Great Middle East Gamble

A knowledgeable observer would have to conclude that the clerical regime--which, properly understood, is a somewhat more conservative, cautious variation on the Sunni holy warriorism that struck us on 9/11--is going to get the Bomb despite the Bush administration's limited efforts to stop it. And again, contrary to the accepted wisdom in Washington, restraint in responding to clerical Iran's quest for nuclear weapons is much more likely to cause problems in Iraq than a muscular approach to countering Tehran's ambitions

Ha'artz-Hitler from Tehran

There is an upside to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's shocking call to wipe Israel off the map: it is a good thing that the Iranian leader has revealed his hopes. For by doing so, he has helped those who are still undecided as to how to relate to the Iranian regime

Economist-Is the new president truly an exterminator?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's diatribe against Israel and the United States was made against a backlog of muddle, infighting and weakness

And this today:

Irish Independent-Wishing-well Politics Prove that the Leader of Iran is Mad

There are two views currently circulating about Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The first is that by calling for Israel's liquidation and by defying the international community on the nuclear issue, he is simply reaching out to his anti-American support-base. The second is that he is mad. Let me tell you why I think the second view is correct.