Iran reformists name election candidateBy Najmeh Bozorgmehr
Published: December 29 2004 02:00 | Last updated: December 29 2004 02:00
Mosharekat, Iran's largest reformist party, announced the candidacy of Mostafa Moein for president in the forthcoming elections, defying speculation his nomination would be disqualified by conservatives.
Mr Moein, a 54-year-old doctor, is a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, with 10 years' experience as higher education minister.
He resigned two years ago in protest at the obstacles to his reforms by conservatives.
Iran's Guardian Council disqualified more than 2,000 reformist candidates in parliamentary elections in February. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran
Very interesting, but I don't believe air attacks are an unrealistic option. There is no comparison between "shock and awe" and Clinton's pinpricks. Furthermore, I very much doubt that Iran's dissafected youth would rally round the mullahs if we did blast their nuke facilities. From what I have been reading most iranian dissidents very much resent all the national toil and treasure the mullahs have been pouring out just so that they can have the bomb. Following Michael Ledeen's lead the best we can do is to give Iranian "people power" our unequivocal moral support at every opportunity. Bush should pound that bully pulpit with an un-nuanced message of support for iranian freedom at every opportunity while hopefully Condi brings Foggy Bottom to heel.
As for the Palestinians, Bush should re-iterate that we are ready to proceed with the roadmap just as soon (and not before) Abbas or whoever can halt the terror attacks. That point should remain non-negotiable. As anyone with a head on their shoulders and eyes to see can tell, it is the fence not Arafat's death that is opening up what possibilities there are for peace.
I heard Zbig Brezinski earlier today on PBS. Gawd! He makes me sick. Badmouthing (in nuanced diplo-speak) our efforts in Iraq and demanding that we kowtow to Chirac and Schroeder in all our future endeavors. I forget who was debating him but he made it clear that our interests and europe's interests are no longer the same and we should not pretend otherwise. We should pursue our own interests in the world and gladly co-operate with anyone who cares to join us in whatever specific efforts they choose. But the unity of the Cold War is most definitely over.