Originally Posted by jimmac
Nail on head!
I've got to say that is the most sane, right to the point, post I've read here.
Sane...because you agree with it. Jesus.
1) The Islamic Republic of Iran, when genuinely engaged, is negotiable, unlike what neo-conservatives try to make us believe.
2) Iran is a whole different country now than it was 28 years ago when they held the American embassy hostage.
3) Iran's establishment is more united than everyone thinks. Painting the Revolution Guard as a mafia or a government inside a government is a strategic mistake.
4) The moderate conservatives in Iran, represented by Ali Larijani, have the unconditional backing of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
5) Ali Larijani, who brokered the deal, is the real president of Iran and is the person in Iran the world should be talking to. That's why Ahmadinejad was reading from a written statement at todays press conference.
6) The Islamic Republic, including its radical elements, is not a rogue or irrational regime.
7) Ahmadinejad has been allowed to announce the sailors release to repair the image of Iran that he has greatly damaged through his unnecessary anti-Israel comments.
8) Iran has won the public relations game.
9) Iran is a winner in the recent standoff, as it ultimately was when the U.S. removed its most threatening neighboring regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
10) Ahmadinejad is one heck of a street-smart politician.
1. Willingness to "negotiate" does not mean doing so is a good idea. Of course they're willing...they have nothing to lose.
2. Hmmm. Prove it. They're flipping off the UN. Taking hostages. Yeah, totally different.
3. Unsupported, but OK.
4. Proof? Their actions would seem to suggest otherwise.
5. The "real" President?
Again, proof would be nice.
ROTFLMAO. Let's see once again: Developing nuke power against UN mandates? Check! Taking hostages? Check! Murdering US personnel inside Iraq? Check!
7. That might be true, warped as the thought is. I doubt Iran was helped at all by the incident.
8. That's stupendously
9. Iran is the loser. They've further damaged their stature. They've given Western nations more ammo to use if and when we need to strike them for other reasons. How did they "win" exactly?
10. Not judging by his actions. Releasing the hostages immediately with a full apology from Iran would have helped his case that his nation's government was reasonable. The "street smart" politician decided to see how far he could take things, damaging his nation's standing further. He might have pumped up the cheerleaders on the Arab Street, but that's about all. All he did everywhere else in the world was cement views that he and his country were extreme.