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  •  Right... (6+ / 0-)

    ...with Obama as president there's a chance for full economic engagement with the West. Iran will continue to be lackluster in human rights and will continue to be a thorn in our side on many issues, but there are benefits to a rapproachement that can't help but be obvious to both sides.

    Essentially Iran just needs a leader who can discard the "Death to _____" formula and start being pragmatic a la China. (We can deal with a country whose interests are opposed to ours better in the light than in the shadows anyway). We'll see if the people of Iran are ready for that yet. I think they are. Iranians are great, smart, amazing people, overall.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 06:55:33 PM PST

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    •  They probably are. Iranian population is very (4+ / 0-)

      young and from what I've heard talking to Iranians at least in the cities a lot of people are fairly pragmatic with rather modern outlook. It was clear for a while that Ahmadinejad is going to be challenged since he messed up the economy (or rather promised to fix it and didn't) but Khatami is the best candidate we could hope for.

    •  re: economic engagement, Iran is into wind power (6+ / 0-)

      in a major way. This from Juan Cole:

      Then Mehr News reports that Iran will build a wind power plant at Gwadar Port on the Gulf of Oman in Pakistan's Baluchistan Province:
      ' Iran to build wind power plant in Pakistan
      TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (MNA) – The managing director of SANIR Company, affiliated to Iran’s Energy Ministry, here on Saturday announced that Iran in collaboration with a Pakistani private company will construct a 50 MW wind power plant in the form of build, own, operate (BOO) contract in Pakistan.

      According to the Mehr News Agency, Reza Ebadzadeh said that in addition to the project Iran has won the tender of a $50 million 220/132 KV electricity station, and a 120 Km 220 KV power transmission line on which Iran is working.

      He added that in accordance with a $65 million deal with the Ministry of Water and Power of Pakistan, Iran has vowed to develop the electricity network in Pakistan’s Gwadar Port by transmitting 100 MW electricity via Chabahar border."

      Rapprochement with Iran can begin to soften the rhetoric and subsequently the POV of the whole Middle East and Subcontinent regarding the US. Iran has close ties with Pakistan and, GOK, there will be no resolution to the Afghanistan situation unless we can open a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan, because the tribes aiding the Taliban straddle the border of these two countries.  

      "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." ML King

      by TheWesternSun on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:09:34 PM PST

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