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Old 06-14-2009, 10:30 AM  
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Neocons for Ahmadinejad

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Neocons for Ahmadinejad
By Daniel Luban

At Wednesday’s Heritage Foundation conference on the Middle East peace process (which, as I wrote yesterday, was primarily devoted to pushing the almost-universally-scorned “three-state solution” for Israel-Palestine), Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes made an unusually revealing comment while discussing Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.

“I’m sometimes asked who I would vote for if I were enfranchised in this election, and I think that, with due hesitance, I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” Pipes said. The reason, Pipes went on, is that he would “prefer to have an enemy who’s forthright and obvious, who wakes people up with his outlandish statements.” (Video of the event is available by following the link to the Heritage website; Pipes’s comments come at about the 1:29:00 mark.)
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:34 AM   #2
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Eye on Iran [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Tomorrow is election day in Iran. I asked our friend, AEI's Iran expert, Michael Rubin some questions about what to watch.

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LOPEZ: Should we want Ahmadinejad to lose the election this weekend?

RUBIN: The Obama administration tends to conflate advocacy with analysis. They see in the Islamic Republic what they want to see, not what the Iranian leadership’s intentions really are. As such, should someone more soft-spoken and less defiant — someone like former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi — win, it would be easier for Obama to believe that Iran really was figuratively unclenching a fist when, in fact, it had it had its other hand hidden under its cloak, grasping a dagger. What Ahmadinjead did was to expose the ideology of the power holders in Iran for what it actually is. Holocaust denial, for example, is nothing new to the Islamic Republic. Both Rafsanjani and Khatami also encourage it. Ahmadinejad’s bluntness, however, forced even the Europeans to react.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Eye on Iran [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Tomorrow is election day in Iran. I asked our friend, AEI's Iran expert, Michael Rubin some questions about what to watch.

...

LOPEZ: Should we want Ahmadinejad to lose the election this weekend?

RUBIN: The Obama administration tends to conflate advocacy with analysis. They see in the Islamic Republic what they want to see, not what the Iranian leadership’s intentions really are. As such, should someone more soft-spoken and less defiant — someone like former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi — win, it would be easier for Obama to believe that Iran really was figuratively unclenching a fist when, in fact, it had it had its other hand hidden under its cloak, grasping a dagger. What Ahmadinjead did was to expose the ideology of the power holders in Iran for what it actually is. Holocaust denial, for example, is nothing new to the Islamic Republic. Both Rafsanjani and Khatami also encourage it. Ahmadinejad’s bluntness, however, forced even the Europeans to react.

Ahmadinejad's 'election' victory has underscored what many on the left have long refused to recognize, that Iran is a totalitarian dictatorship.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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Ahmadinejad's 'election' victory has underscored what many on the left have long refused to recognize, that Iran is a totalitarian dictatorship.
I don't see the big deal. Just start treating them nicely and have talks without pre-conditions, and I'm sure they'll see the light.
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I don't see the big deal. Just start treating them nicely and have talks without pre-conditions, and I'm sure they'll see the light.
I don't have an issue with talking. However, the President needs to be talking to the manager, not the guy at the front desk.
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Now the Cons allegedly support this guy? They were bashed relentlessly when Bush called this guy out. But now......


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Old 06-14-2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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Ahmadinejad's 'election' victory has underscored what many on the left have long refused to recognize, that Iran is a totalitarian dictatorship.
Seems to me it wasn't so much the left refusing to recognize that, as the right. It was you guys who kept touting the free elections in Iran as proof that Bush's policies were turning the rest of the Middle East, not just Iraq, toward democracy, specifically pointing out Iran's elections.
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Seems to me it wasn't so much the left refusing to recognize that, as the right. It was you guys who kept touting the free elections in Iran as proof that Bush's policies were turning the rest of the Middle East, not just Iraq, toward democracy, specifically pointing out Iran's elections.
So it is Bush's fault, heh?
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So it is Bush's fault, heh?
Is what Bush's fault? The current state of Iranian politics? I'm not assigning blame. I'm saying that it's bullshit to say that it was the Left who refused to recognize that Iran is a totalitarian dictatorship, when it was in fact the Right who kept propping them up as a budding democracy and proof of the success of Bush foreign policy. If there are those who refused to see Iran's "democracy" for what it is, there was no element of our society more guilty of it than the Right.
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Seems to me it wasn't so much the left refusing to recognize that, as the right. It was you guys who kept touting the free elections in Iran as proof that Bush's policies were turning the rest of the Middle East, not just Iraq, toward democracy, specifically pointing out Iran's elections.
There never were free elections in Iran. What "you guys" are you talking about?

"It's never free and fair when a group of people, unelected people, get to decide who's on the ballot," Bush said.
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I think there is merit to what he is saying. No one is saying that if we could pick a leader for Iran, we would pick this guy.

But he's right to say that it's better that if you have someone with those views, it's better that he's upfront about them so the rest of the world can recognize his intent and be ready to oppose it. This way there's no doubt about what he intends to do.

He wants Israel to disappear from the world. He is openly advocating the destruction of another nation. We have seen just in the past hundred years how appeasement policies work against genocidal aims. He knows perfectly well that Obama fancies himself a charmer and wants to talk, and then return to America proclaiming that he's created a peace in our time. He doesn't rate him as an opponent and he well shouldn't.
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No one I know with a fundamental understanding of Iranian politics has mistaken Iran for a democracy. But plenty have never recognized the progressive, reform groups in Iran that have survived the '79 revolution. Khamenei has the true power in international relations and the last word on any reforms. But, Iranian people can at least pretend to vote in an open election, and take to the streets afterwards in open protest.

The original neocons for Ahmadinejad quotes are ignorant and disrespectful. But that's what we've come to expect from the neoconservative movement. They see the world through only their small faction's eyes. It doesn't matter what's good for Iranian reformers, only what's good for the neoconservatism movement. And that requires a militaristic diplomacy, a clear good and evil, and a black and white world.

Mousavi won't be a Western politician, and we've seen the problems with Iranian reformist Presidents before running into the brick wall of theocracy. But such a large amount of Iranians realizing that their government has stolen an election from them and trying to do something against that is huge. The best reform movements come from within, not from outside. No American/Israeli led movement against nuclear weapons will ever move the people to revolutionize, whether that involves regime change as a goal or not.

Iran can't be accepted as a nuclear weapons power, but today everyone should put their support behind the green revolution, while realizing this is about them and not us. Maybe eventually we'll run into the reality of having to deal with the nuclear question. But maybe if the people continue to revolt, Iran will have to back down. They say things haven't been this bad since '79, and we know what happened then. Probably nothing will happen, but it's worth having a look.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:43 PM   #15
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Ahmadinejad's 'election' victory has underscored what many on the left have long refused to recognize, that Iran is a totalitarian dictatorship.
And just what is Saudi Arabia and Egypt, our allies? They're the same thing. Mubarek fixed his elections too and jailed dissentors. Actually they're worse than Iran.
I'd call it authoritarian more than totalitarian.
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