September 7, 2007

NOT THAT WE UNDERSTAND IRAN WELL ENOUGH TO GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY:

Rafsanjani urges talks with West (Jon Leyne, 9/07/07, BBC News)

His plea is in marked contrast to defiant comments made by President Ahmedinejad earlier this week.

Mr Rafsanjani has just been voted head of Iran's Assembly of Experts - one of the most influential positions in the country's political system.

His comments suggest he may use his influence to challenge the hardline approach of President Ahmedinejad.

Mr Rafsanjani assured the West that Iran was not seeking a nuclear weapon.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2007 1:15 PM
Comments

I'm persuaded that we ought to talk to Iran, but suspicious that an offer from Rafsanjani may just be a good cop/bad cop ploy.

Posted by: Brandon at September 7, 2007 2:12 PM

They set terms...we listen.

They yank our chain...MSM swallows it.

Posted by: Bartman at September 7, 2007 2:49 PM

Khamenei's the chief and has been entirely consistent.

Posted by: oj at September 7, 2007 4:47 PM

I'm with OJ. Khamenei has been consistent and it appears the conservatives, youth and elite are firming up in opposition to the enemy (whatever you want to call them: Islamicists, radicals etc.).

I'd like Bush to strike while the striking's good. But then again, OJ got me to drink the Iran/Shi'a kool-aid long ago...

Posted by: Benny at September 7, 2007 7:08 PM

This also goes to show that Iran is an actual honest to goodness democracy (as Oj often points out) and the insanity of a military attack/strike...

Posted by: Benny at September 7, 2007 7:09 PM
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