September 7, 2005


The humanist reformer (Pepe Escobar, 9/08/05, Asia Times)

There's an undeniable atmosphere of goodwill around Tehran regarding [former Baghdad mayor Mahmud] Ahmadinejad. Average people in the bazaar, the mosque or the teahouse say he has sent all the right signals at the start of his presidency. He may be coining an Iranian version of compassionate conservatism.

The most important check on the clerics is that at the next election he needs to be able to run as "a reformer with results."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2005 12:00 AM

Actually, the most important warning about this piece of dreck is who it's written by.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 7, 2005 11:44 AM

If you belive anything Pepe writes for the Asia Times I have a bridge in New Orleans to sell you.

Posted by: BJW at September 7, 2005 11:47 AM

If you believe that Iranian election results mean anything, I have a shopping mall in N.O., I want to sell you.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 7, 2005 12:07 PM

Spengler's usually pretty good though.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 7, 2005 12:25 PM

You guys sound like the Left talking about George Bush winning.

Posted by: oj at September 7, 2005 12:39 PM

No, because President Bush in many senses actually leads the nation. Ahmadinejad is a figure head controlled by the Mullahs. He is, in fact, exactly what the Modern American Left believes Bush to be.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 7, 2005 1:15 PM

He just had cabinet appointees denied him, something Mr. Bush has never experienced. The Guardian Council has some veto power, but no legislative power.

Posted by: oj at September 7, 2005 1:20 PM

The person using the pseudonym "Pepe Escobar" (the Escobar family used to be Colombia's leading drug lords) is not a journalist.

Pepe was exposed some weeks ago on ATimes' forum as a serial plagiarizer who cribbed entire passages wholesale, with minor cosmetic editing, from political travel writer Robert Kaplan.

The Asia Times deleted the forum posts in which original and plagiarized text appeared side by side. The editors have taken no action against their "star correspondent" but continue to give him top billing.

Posted by: Eugene S. at September 7, 2005 1:39 PM