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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another perspective in Iran

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 2:52 PM

The guys in power in Iran may indeed be the bad guys -- there's ample evidence. But that doesn't mean the guy leading the protest is a good guy. The Middle East remains far more complicated than chest-thumping Republican chickenhawks want you to believe. That's why Obama's careful response seems appropriate, with condemnation for the obvious excesses.

Interesting article from Congressional Quarterly illustrates how hard it is to neatly pigeonhole players over there.

He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.
Mousavi, prime minister for most of the 1980s, personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur, and dispatched him to Damascus as Iran's ambassador, according to former CIA and military officials.
The ambassador in turn hosted several meetings of the cell that would carry out the Beirut attacks, which were overheard by the National Security Agency.


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