Rivers of Hope

Iran’s charismatic (or repellent, depending on your point of view) leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has never missed an opportunity to further encourage Islamic domination in the Middle East. That was true in Cairo early last month, where the diminutive despot on his visit was unable to conceal the growing gap between the Sunni and Shi’ite factions.

Ahmadinejad’s visit apparently did not go as he had envisioned. The President of Iran is nearing the end of his second and apparently final term in office, and tellingly, was not visited at the airport by one of the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei‘s trusted representatives.  In fact, shortly before Ahmadinejad’s departure, one of his cohorts, Saeed Mortazavi, was detained by the authorities in Tehran. While in Egypt, he faced sharp criticism from the fundamentalist-controlled Iranian media. And, like George W. Bush, Ahmadinejad even suffered the abasement of having a shoe thrown at…

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