The indispensable lunatic and the existential blind side
Foreign Policy / David Rothkopf
20-Apr-2010 (2 comments)

What would the world do without Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? While it may be pleasing to contemplate, the reality is that Iran's leader has become the one nut job that many of the world's other leaders can't do without.

Consider for a moment the following cases:

  • Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent vision of himself turns on his role as protector of Israel in the face of the existential threat posed by the Iranians. And while the Iranians have long been seen as posing such a threat, with a front man like Ahmadinejad who denies the Holocaust, defies international law when it comes to nuclear weapons development and regularly calls for the destruction of Israel, it makes Bibi's job that much easier.
  • The Iranian religious elite, paradoxically, also must thank goodness for their country's president on a regular basis because he often makes them look thoughtful and reflective by comparison. The reality of course, is that many of them live further down toward the end of  >>>
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