Iran’s foreign ministry accuses the West of seeking to undermine Iran by spreading “anarchy and vandalism” and of wanting the disintegration of the country. (As I’m writing this, it’s being reported on the news wires that ‘ITALY SAYS IT IS WILLING TO OPEN EMBASSY IN TEHRAN TO WOUNDED’ – make of that what you will.)
Is the Iranian government onto something here? If you’re in the West, are you interested in democracy or in seeing the back of Pres Ahmadinejad?
If it came about, would you welcome not only a new President but also a change of system which took power away from iran’s religious leaders?
Do you believe, as we discussed a couple of weeks ago in Portland, that democracy should always be secular?
For all the diplomatic gloss, is the West failing to be honest about its aspirations? Or is this paranoid nonsense from a government under pressure from its own people?