Monday, February 9, 2009

Searching for that unclinched fist

Former Iranian President Khatami (1997-2005) has thrown his rag into the ring and announced his candidacy for the presidency against madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Khatami is considered a moderate much in the same vein as President Mauhmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. Khatami is a reformist in comparison to Mahmoud and would do much to settle the nerves of the international community in regards to Iranian aggression. The reformist movement enjoyed much success during the late 90's and early 2000's until Ahmadinejad took power.

President Obama's uncleanched fist policy would most likely work with the likes of a President Khatami rather than Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad will continue to stall and deceit no matter who is president of the United States and Khatami may fall under the Messiah's trance and relinquishIran's nuclear ambitions. The reform movement in Iran is fragmented at this time and maybe the likes of Khatami can forge them together once again.

The biggest news coming out of this region of the world is who will become the next PM of Israel.
If Bibi Netanyahu wins the race in Israel, all bets are off in regards to the next President of Iran.
If Bibi wins and wins big, he will launch a strike at Iran's nuclear industry to stop the proliferation of thermonuclear warheads. If Israel attacks these nuclear facilaties, Ahmadinjad will be re-elected with a national fervor. We have about twelve hours before we know the results of the Israeli elections and I pray to God it is Bibi.


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  1. This week's Economist had a not-particularly witty but wonderfully drawn cartoon about Iran's paranoid distrust of Obama:

    Also, re the Israeli election: how come you want Netanyahu to be elected if that outcome will strengthen Ahmadinejad's hand?

  2. Martin,
    When I said that Khatami would fall under Obama's spell, that was kind of tongue and cheek. I do think Khatami would be easier to deal with but he still is a radical. Under his rule, Iran sponsored terrorists, so that will not change if he were elected. Iran will have to be dealt with militarily sooner or later unless there is regime change of the clerics.

    Israel needs Bibi to take the fight to Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and re-establish military superiority in the region. Kadima and Labor will not or cannot do that.