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A 'Perfect Man' at the U.N.

Ahmadinejad’s parallel universe.

Oct 4, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 03 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
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It’s inevitable that the administration will keep trying to augment the sanctions regime against Tehran—they have no other choice since Khamenei will not compromise with the devil. It’s possible, given Ahmadinejad’s performances on the world stage, that more nations will join the 32 that have begun to implement increasingly serious sanctions against the regime. The closer we get to the supreme leader’s actually having a nuclear weapon, the more tangibly frightening the possibility becomes.

But a betting man would still go the other way. Those who can no longer see God’s hand in history will assume that Khamenei and Ahmadinejad are “rational” men who won’t do a truly stupid thing that would bring disaster on their country. Sanctions will increase, but not as they would if we all truly feared a nuclear-armed Tehran. Perhaps before Obama leaves office, we will get to see whether “perfect men” handle nuclear weapons better than capitalists and Communists.

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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