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* Preventing the Iranian Nuclear Crisis from Escalating  Pierre Goldschmidt

* An Open letter to Mrs Hillary Clinton - signed by 96 sinatories  Ali Behrooz

* Iran's Failed 'Litmus Test'  News Report

* A Sensible Path on Iran  News Report

* A Freshman’s Solution  Ali Behrooz

* Iran – a tough nut for the American election candidates  Korosh Erfani

* Obama shaken, rattled, and rolled  Dick Polman

* The Ayatollahs’ Choice?  Ali Behrooz

* ‘With enemies like this…’  Ali Behrooz

* Mitigating Iranian Mischief  David Ignatius

* Playing at CINC  Michelle Oddis

* The Conceit of Hindsight  Richard Dawkins

* The lesser of two evils  Ali Behrooz

* Gertrude Himmelfarb - Queen bee of American neoconservatives -PROFILE:  Gertrude Himmelfarb

* Analysis: Iran's political flux mirrored in US  News Report

* Lebanon and the Lebanese need a lot more than just a new president  News Report

* Iran seen to need 3-8 yrs to produce bomb  Jon Boyle

* Invasion would be a disaster  Michael Evans

* The Warmongers!  Ali Behrooz

* It Doesn't Get Any Worse Than That, Ray"  William A. Cook

* Chaotic, Disarrayed and Appeasing  Ali Behrooz

* Still a messiah?  Isabel Hilton

* The fallout from an attack on Iran would be devastating  News Report

* Intellectually Progressive  Ali Behrooz

* Islamists, USA and Terrorists – Foes or Friends?  Ali Behrooz

* No Sanctuary for Rashid Ghazi  Ali Behrooz

* 'The driving force of global terror'  News Report

* Getting serious about Syria  News Report

* Mideast lessons from Northern Ireland  News Report

* Defusing the Israeli-Syrian PR war  News Report

* The Democrats After November  Mike Davis

* Mid-Point In The Middle East?  Tariq Ali

* Nato's Islamists  Cihan tuğal

* France’s foreign policy  Bernard Cassen

* Interview: Bank Pressures Hit Iranian Business Harder than Sanctions  Lee Hudson Teslik

* Interview: Gingrich: Bipartisanship, and Possibly His Candidacy, Needed to Right U.S. Foreign Policy  Robert McMaho

* Turks are reconstructing Northern Iraq  Serpil Yilmaz

* Two men on the wrong mission  Robert Fox

* General Sees Iran s Hand in Iraq Fight  Robert Burns

* Bush's Dilemma: Iran vs. Israel  Patrick J. Buchanan

* Iran may be the greatest crisis of modern times  John Pilger

* Intelligence Indications And Warnings Abound On Bush Iran Military Strike  Wayne Madsen

* As peace summit ends, war begins  News Report

* Solution in Sight  Noam Chomsky


The Ayatollahs’ Choice?
[ Ali Behrooz]
[Source: Iran's Crises – English (ICE)]


John Batchelor of WBCA Radio has had an interview with Ahmed Yousef – Chief Advisor to the Hamas (Liston – mp3).
The tone Mr Yousef adopts in this interview is quite breathtaking. He calls Jimmy Carter (former USA President who never turned his back to Israel) a “noble man”. He defines the Hamas as a “moderate” movement, and expresses whole hearted support for Mr Obama’s success in his campaign.

If we agree that Hamas is supported by the Ayatollahs in Tehran, and if we re-read Barak Obama’s comments (08/04/08) - “…a diplomatic surge that includes Iran, because if Maliki can tolerate as normal neighbour to neighbour relations in Iran, then we should be talking to them as well; I do not believe we are going to be able to stabilise the situation without them…”, in which he encourages the General to enter into serious negotiation with the Ayatollahs, then it is perhaps easier to conclude why Obama is the Ayatollahs’ choice.
But why should Mr Obama be a better choice? What does Obama have or does not have that has made both the Ayatollahs in Tehran, and the Hamas Advisor in the Gaza Strip so excited?
Do they think that Mr Obama would ignore the USA national security? Would they count on his immature approach to international politics? Does Hamas hope that Mr Obama will remove the “bitterness” from the heart and minds of the Palestinians, as Mr Yousef phrased it? Does Hamas really think that Mr Obama’s administration and representative in the UN Security Council would not veto a possible resolution to condemn Israel for atrocities in Palestine? Or do the Ayatollahs simply fear the other presidential candidates more, and as far as the Ayatollahs’ strategic objectives are concerned Mr Obama is just a safer hand?





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