For John, BLUF: Is this change you can believe in in Iran? Nothing to see here; just move along.
Back behind the pay wall of The Wall Street Journal is a Friday article by Reporter Farnaz Fassihi, titled "Nuclear Talks Divide Hard-Liners in Iran". We have good reason to be dubious about Iran's intentions. Our friends in Israel and Saudi Arabia encourage us to be dubious. However, in the article is this paragraph:
Worshipers in Isfahan were stunned during Friday prayers in early October when a hard-line cleric said, "Death to America isn't a verse of the Quran that we have to say forever," according to Iranian media reports.So we have:
- Hard-line Cleric
- Iranian media reports
The article says that conservatives in Iran will be challenged by a change in emphasis and negotiating position. I wonder what makes them "conservative"? Is it that they are against change with regard to their nuclear plans? What if the same folks are against capitalism and believe in socialism?
Regards — Cliff