Troubling Tehran

[The Australian ] Shahram Akbarzadeh - Ahmadinejad's government revels in its world pariah status. Ahmadinejad is characterized by missionary zeal and a deep suspicion of international organizations. In this worldview, the UN and the IAEA are little more than instruments of domination for the "Great Satan." Harking back to the early days of the revolution, Ahmadinejad emphasizes Iran's revolutionary mission in the region, openly embracing Hizbullah and Hamas. Under Ahmadinejad a peculiar new organization has emerged inviting volunteers for suicide operations "in defense of Islam." Those critical of Ahmadinejad's policies argue that a willful antagonization of the West is not advancing the interests of Iran or Islam.

2008-06-12 01:00:00

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