Ali Ansari on Iran by Mitch E. Perry07/18/06
In an opinion piece in todayâ€™s NY Times, Edward Luttwak, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, wrote that Iran â€“ by wanting to divert attention from its nuclear ambitions- â€œundoubtadley sanctioned Hezbollahâ€™s adventurism into Israel last week.â€?
Over 6 weeks, the U.S. and itâ€™s European Allies confronted Iran about their nuclear program â€“ which Iran insists is for peaceful, energy only purposes. But while the U.S. and others want Iran to respond now, the country says itâ€™ll get back to the world powers sometime next month.
Ali Ansari is a member of the modern history faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. And heâ€™s the author of â€œConfronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle Eastâ€?â€¦WMNF spoke with him yesterdayâ€¦.We began by asking him about Iranâ€™s nuclear ambitions, and what that means (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?without using military forceâ€?)
Thatâ€™s Ali Ansari, author of the new book, â€œConfronting Iran: The Failure of Modern American Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle Eastâ€?.