Sunday, February 05, 2006

Iran's nuclear crisis: West losing public-relations campaign to Iran

Take a look at the following extract from yesterday's NY Times:

News that the International Atomic Energy Agency had voted by an overwhelming margin to refer Iran to the United Nation's Security Council was very slow to get out in Iran, where people have for the most part focused their concerns on domestic economic conditions and their own day-to-day challenges.

But in interviews in this ancient central Iranian city, and in the hills of northern Tehran, people expressed similar ideas-- trepidation over what awaits them, especially the prospect of penalties, but an almost universal commitment to support their government's drive for nuclear energy.
Sad but true. although many Iranians do not agree with Mullahs' policy of confrontation with the world over the nuclear program, Tehran's non-stop efforts to incite a strong nationalist backlash over the nuclear crisis specially in towns and rural areas are paying off. By spinning the nuclear program as a matter of national pride and likening it to Iran's Oil Nationalization Movement, the Iranian regime is desperately trying to build strong popular support for itself and its nuclear ambitions. Where is the West's much talked about "aggressive public-relations campaign" to counteract such efforts?

Also read:

Kash Kheirkhah - Iran's nuclear program: A matter of national pride or tragedy?