Editorial: Iranian desperation

In its response to nuclear ambitions in Iran, a concerned world must acknowledge but not submit to a motive strongly at work in the Islamic Republic. Desperation on both sides would make the confrontation more dangerous than it already is. Yet it’s easy to feel desperate when Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad first talks about wiping Israel off the map then revives a program thought to camouflage development of nuclear weapons. With firebrands like him, generosity with the benefit of the doubt can be disastrous.Still, Iranian bluster and defiance, misguided as they are, don’t necessarily lead to the extreme scenarios compelling worried governments to pursue United Nations s...

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