Iran's Great Pretender

[Boston Globe] Editorial - The conference for Holocaust deniers hosted by Iran's President Ahmadinejad is a transparent polemical stunt. What is important to Ahmadinejad is not any issue of historical truth, but to deny the legitimacy of Israel. His reason for presenting himself as the world's foremost denier of Israel's right to exist has less to do with the best interests of the Palestinians than with his strategy for making Iran a regional superpower. The aim is to win over Sunni Arab populations, thereby deterring Arab regimes from opposing Iran's nuclear program and resisting the spread of Iranian influence from Baghdad to Beirut.

2006-12-14 01:00:00

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