The two Ahmadinijads?

Jeff Goldberg points to an interesting article by Iranian-American Reza Aslan, which explores the possibility, raised by Wikileaks documents, that Ahmadinejad is a reformer rather than an advocate of oppression.

I can’t say that those things match up with anything that I’ve read about Ahmadinejad, but it’s fascinating to think about.  Goldberg rightly criticized Aslan’s very weak attempt to interpret Ahmadinejad’s anti-Israel rhetoric in a less drastic way by listing a series of inflammatory quotes.  I wish that Goldberg had provided an evaluation of the rest of the article too.


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