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Netanyahu’s Mistake: Exposing Iran’s Wolf in Moderate Clothing

Bibi should let Iran's new leader dig his own grave.

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Leon de Winter

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October 3, 2013 - 8:11 am
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Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu again proved that he is perhaps the best performer in the political arena in the world, even better than President Obama. His talent for phrasing, rhythm, and cadence is unsurpassed, as is his ability to create a dramatic structure for his speeches. He delivered. The points he scored were impressive.

But he forgot an essential element.

We now know that President Barack Hussein Obama talked to president Hassan Rouhani (in Iran, jokes about these names — Hussein and Hassan were brothers in Islamic history — arise as flowers in the spring). President Obama cannot completely exclude the idea that President Rouhani is the very beginning of the “Iranian Spring,” and many commentators agree with him. Christiane Amanpour interviewed President Rouhani, and she — and her entire CNN staff — heard him saying words that other people did not hear, like the complicated word “holocaust.” According to her, President Rouhani is a moderate and a reformer, so she hears moderate and reforming things.

Many in the Obama administration also think that is the case, and that under Rouhani’s leadership the Islamic Republic of Iran is heading towards a new phase in its existence. As long as he is not the wolf in sheep’s clothing that Bibi Netanyahu claims he is.

Barack and Hassan talked with each other, and we may assume that they did not talk about the seasons but about how to proceed with talking. Both presidents are brilliant talkers about talking, so we may rejoice in looking forward to many talks about talking. But both Barack and Hassan have had problems since their phone call. For Barack, the problem is that now that they have talked, he owns the issue of talking with Iran. As long as a raving madman like Hassan’s predecessor was around, it was relatively easy to avoid direct responsibility for the issue of Iran’s nuclear project. There were no official talks, and threats about distant actions were enough to calm public opinion.

Obama has no intentions of risking a war for the sake of Israel or the Gulf states. But that period of distance is gone since he started talking. He has to work on a peaceful solution. He does not have the luxury of ignoring his partner in Tehran.

Hassan has a similar problem: he pretends to be a moderate, which means he has to talk and walk as a moderate, which could enrage the conservatives in the Tehran establishment who cannot stand moderate talking. Hassan has to cover the nuclear project of the conservatives while talking moderately to Hussein. Can he pull this off? In the past he could, wonderfully. But he is now a president, and he is being watched carefully. Imagine how the American Congress must react upon finding out the talks were just, well, talks.

Netanyahu does not buy the idea that President Hassan is a moderate man, with good reasons, and he explained those reasons in his UN speech.

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I've noticed a recent trend in conservative punditry toward essays counseling "do nothing" as a crafty strategy: Cruz should not filibuster the CR; Boehner should not try to delay Obamacare for a year; and now Bibi should not speak out against Iran and Rouhani.
The common idea behind this tide of wise counsel seems to be the notion that if we let our opponents completely monopolize the dialogue and do exactly as they intend to do then they will be clearly seen as wrong, evil, incompetent etc. But when only one side is heard, their version of the truth becomes the only version in existence. The average schmuck is not paying attention; whatever he hears he takes as gospel. Only when a fight ensues does he perk up his ears and listen.
The GOP has been trying to "let the facts speak for themselves" for five years now and all it has gotten them is a two-term Obama administration.
Recall the words: "All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing".
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So, Rouhani is the beginning of the Iranian Spring? That should make anyone shudder who has been paying any attention at all to the Middle East. Every nation that has had a so-called "spring" has followed it with a fiery summer "Hell" that has been much worse that what they had before. So what will that mean for Iran if Rouhani is the start of their "Spring"?
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I've noticed a recent trend in conservative punditry toward essays counseling "do nothing" as a crafty strategy: Cruz should not filibuster the CR; Boehner should not try to delay Obamacare for a year; and now Bibi should not speak out against Iran and Rouhani.
The common idea behind this tide of wise counsel seems to be the notion that if we let our opponents completely monopolize the dialogue and do exactly as they intend to do then they will be clearly seen as wrong, evil, incompetent etc. But when only one side is heard, their version of the truth becomes the only version in existence. The average schmuck is not paying attention; whatever he hears he takes as gospel. Only when a fight ensues does he perk up his ears and listen.
The GOP has been trying to "let the facts speak for themselves" for five years now and all it has gotten them is a two-term Obama administration.
Recall the words: "All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing".
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