Friday, June 12, 2009

Here's hoping Mousavi wins in Iran

The biggest difference between Mousavi and Ahmadinejad is that Mousavi offers the US a face-saving way to back down, which the US is likely eager to take.

Ahmadinejad would have done well to be more polished. On the other hand, his attacks on Rafsanjani and corruption in the old guard clerics demonstrated both desperation and courageousness. He may even benefit from saying what everyone in the country knows but no viable candidate could say. He's probably more of a reformer than Mousavi, but that's for Iran's voters to decide.

Ahmadinejad losing gives the US all the pretext it needs to open to Iran despite the objections of Israel and Israel's supporters.

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