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Reader comment on item: The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
in response to reader comment: Comparing The Biblical Antichrist And The Mahdi

Submitted by David M. Tyler (United States), Sep 25, 2007 at 22:39

It has been the case throughout history that a politico will tell the people of his/her nation exactly what they want to hear to remain in power. I believe that this is what is going on with Mahmoud. He has to appease the clerics and the older hardliners in society so he says things to "fire up the masses" and please the Mullahs. He's just a regular guy with some nutty ideas about the holocaust. I suspect his real modivation is to remain in power.

I don't really see him as another Hilter, he's just an old street thug that is now in power. This is a fairly common phenomena throughout the third world: Thugs gain power by scratching the right backs, but oftentimes their modivation is either power and money or just money. Will Pres. M.A. of Iran go on the offensive: No, because he knows that the US is still the power in the region. He won't make any moves on Iraq until the US pulls out. People in Europe and the USA don't seem to understand that the Islamic world views the secular and Christian west with distain and some even hate us with a deep hatred that cannot be understood by those of us in the First World.

Iran will not be a democracy in the Western sense anytime soon because they lack a solid foundation for it. They will remain an "Islamic Democracy" and the Mullahs will continue to run the show until there is a major shift in the religon of the people. Democracy also is oversold: Many nations need the rule of law before free elections. One cannot function without the other.

In the unlikey event that the Mullahs lose Iran, the International Community should put the Crown Prince in-exile on the (empty) Persian Throne as the next Shah. He could be the one to reorganize things in Iran that could favor Westernization and eventual democracy. A Parlimentary Democracy.

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