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    If the Iranian president is half as good a leader as you think he is, he ought not have too much difficulty swinging international opinion toward Iran.

    Ahmadinejad has very little power.   Just a big mouth.

    Barbara Slavin described the Iranian govt structure in a most picturesque manner:  a square dance with the Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei) in the middle calling the steps:  You may move forward; You, step back.... Ahmadinejad is just one of the dancers; I haven't yet  studied enough to know with whom he is allied or how secure he is in his position.  I judge from his reckless rhetoric that he's pretty isolated and needs to whip up his base to maintain visibility.

    When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight. -Chinhua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

    by BughouseWW on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 06:04:56 PM PST

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