Monday, September 24, 2007

In answer to your question

The NYT seems perplexed as to the reasons for American fascination with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The answer is quite simple, really. True, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei holds the true executive power in Iran, however he is not nearly as vocal, or inflammatory as Ahmadinejad. It would be difficult, then, for watchdog groups to raise alarm over a mum-leader. Fortunately Ahmadinejad never misses an opportunity for bellicose rhetoric thereby serving as a much better icon of the threat that Iran poses. He is more of a thermometer than the heat source.

Short answer to a long question.

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