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How Iran will play the West on nukes

October 14, 2013

Excellent description of the Iranian strategy

The core issue, once again spelled out by Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei last week, is this: The Islamic Republic sees itself as successor to the defunct Soviet Union in the role of chief challenger to “American global hegemony.” It hopes to dominate the Middle East, and beyond it “the Muslim world,” with a narrative of jihad and eventual triumph of Islam.

To that end, Iran needs to champion the destruction of Israel to attract support from “Arab masses.” To consolidate its status as “a Grand Power,” in Khamenei’s words, the Islamic Republic also needs, again in Khamenei’s words, “complete mastery of nuclear science and technology” even if not it doesn’t build an arsenal of nuclear weapons at this time.

http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/how-iran-will-play-the-west-on-nukes/

 

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